Revised emergency building codes approved
Faster and more efficient emergency building evacuations are among the improvements expected from 17 U.S. building and fire code changes. The changes were approved recently by the International Code Council based on recommendations from the National Institute of Standards and Technology. NIST said the recommendations came from its investigation of the collapse of New York's World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001. More
The triple threats of our coming water crisis
According to a recent report from the Urban Land Institute and Ernst & Young, there is no greater infrastructure challenge facing the country today than water. The report calls for increased water conservation. But here's the consumer truth: Water conservation just isn't high on their priority lists. In Eco Pulse 2010, fewer than 20 percent said they'd installed low-flow toilets or showerheads. Only 6 percent said they'd installed low-water landscaping. The most popular water-conserving behavior? Taking shorter showers, but fewer than half said they were doing that. More
Dry chemical carpet cleaning process saves water and energy
Is the commercial carpeting at your facility scheduled for cleaning? If so—and the carpeted area of your facility is 20,000 square feet—your facility can save:
* 860 gallons of water (equivalent to 43 showers)
* 126 kwh of energy (enough to supply a house for 5 days)
* 0.08 tons of carbon emissions (equivalent to 9 gallons of gasoline)
These savings can be achieved by using a dry chemical process versus a conventional hot water cleaning process. The dry chemical carpet cleaning process is just one of many "trends and innovations" in green floor care to be discussed in upcoming issues of The Facilities Engineering Journal. The July/August issue will be mailed to AFE members and subscribers during the first week in July. To find out how much you can save on water, energy and carbon emissions by using a dry chemical carpet cleaning process at your facility, click here.
Registration now open for AFE's Facilities America Conference
Conference & Expo, announced that free registration is open for the event to be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center October 5-6, 2010. Topics for the education sessions include best practices for sustainability, management strategies, energy and water cost savings, occupant safety, building efficiency, and other relevant topics for today's facilities professionals. Free registration is available to AFE members and other facilities engineering, operations and maintenance professionals. More
World Cup 2010: South Africa's Top 5 stunning green stadiums
As nations around the globe are enjoying the World Cup, all eyes are set on its host country, South Africa. In preparation for the world's largest sporting event the country erected a stunning set of green stadiums that speak to South Africa's history and culture, which was reborn after apartheid to lead the African continent into the 21st century. A total of 10 stadiums all across the country will host the games, and a number of them feature cutting-edge sustainable building strategies—read on for a look at the greenest stadiums in the 2010 World Cup. More
AFE Certification Prices to Increase on July 1
As new buildings are constructed to be 'green,' and older buildings are retrofitted with energy efficient and sustainable systems, it's more important than ever for the facilities professional to keep up with the latest technology and procedures. Earning an AFE Certification is a great to do just that. AFE Certifications increase your professional standing, strengthen your job skills, and get the recognition you need for advancement in your career. But the cost to become certified or recertified will be going up July 1. "We delayed increasing our prices for as long as possible, but rising costs have made the price increase inevitable," said Wayne Carley, PhD, Director of Professional Development for AFE. He encouraged those interested in Certification to act quickly, before the price increase. More
Chapter 13 golf outing to provide scholarship funds
The 22nd Chapter 13 Golf Outing, to be held July 19, at the Hudson Golf Club in Hudson, Wis., will provide scholarship funds for students pursuing a career in facilities related work. The sponsorship of holes and cash donations provide revenues to support this effort. Hole sponsorships are available for $250 before June 30 or $275 after July 1. More
Energy investment to shift away from utilities, study shows
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Energy investment will gradually shift to private investors and away from utilities as electricity and heat production becomes more decentralized, according to a study by the European Renewable Energy Council. By 2050 as much as 70 percent of electricity production will be done by decentralized producers from today's relatively small number of centralized utilities, the study by the Erec lobby group and Greenpeace environmental organization said. More
Facilities professionals: Employers are looking for you!
Whether you are a jobseeker looking for a position in a facilities-related field, or an employer looking to fill a position, the AFE Career Center can help. For more information, please click here.
Is LEED missing something?
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The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED® rating system is the most popular green building certification system in the world. In order to achieve LEED certification, a builder must focus on several key areas including Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Innovation and Design. However, a new report suggests that one very important area is missing - human health. More