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Fear of energy bills drives building efficiency
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The specter of skyrocketing energy prices is driving "record levels" of projects to improve building efficiency around the globe, a new survey finds. The fifth annual global Energy Efficiency Indicator survey — conducted by Johnson Controls' Institute for Building Efficiency, the International Facility Management Association and the Urban Land Institute — questioned nearly 4,000 building owners and operators around the world. It finds that energy cost savings is the leading motivator for making efficiency improvements to buildings. More

Air Handler Refurbishment: 5 Keys to Success

Refurbishing air handling units can be a daunting task so take some tips from the experts. AQUIS has successfully refurbished over 1,000 air handlers nationwide ranging in both size and complexity. Based on our experience, we have compiled these recommendations to ensure that your next refurbishment project goes as planned. MORE

Registration at record pace for Facilities America Conference in Las Vegas
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Registration is at record pace for the upcoming Facilities America Conference, Oct. 11-12, 2011 at the Mirage Hotel Events Center in Las Vegas. Facilities America will again be held in conjunction with the Facility Decisions Conference and Expo. The combined events will give attendees their choice of more than 50 education sessions, networking events (including the AFE Awards Ceremony and a facility tour), and previews of the latest time and energy saving technologies and services from hundreds of vendors. Register today! More

4 facts you didn't know about pests and indoor air quality
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Mold, dust and pollen are not the only biological contaminants that negatively affect indoor air quality. Regardless of a building's size — from homes to high-rises — pests such as cockroaches, rodents and dust mites have a large impact on the air building occupants breathe and pose a serious public health threat. More

Door hardware: Code considerations
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Properly specifying door hardware for institutional and commercial facilities requires maintenance and engineering managers to balance a series of considerations, including initial and life-cycle costs, performance requirements and security. More

Selecting, sizing transformers for commercial buildings
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Transformers, along with other power distribution apparatus, remain a fundamental component in electrical systems distribution for commercial buildings. This article presents several useful design concepts for selecting and sizing transformers in the design of electrical systems for commercial buildings. More

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In seeking arc flash solutions, don't overlook validation
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Arc flashes happen when an electric current passes through the air between two conducting metals — an arc fault. Almost instantly, an arc can superheat the air around it to a temperature up to 35,000 —about four times the sun's surface temperature. This extreme heat ionizes all nearby materials, including copper, insulation and metal enclosures, creating explosive gaseous plasma as those materials expand to many thousands of times their solid volumes. More

Project management trends: Enhancing value
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Virtually all aspects of facility management have become data intensive. The amount of facility data compared to just 10 years ago has increased exponentially. There is more to know, a greater need to know, more urgency to know, and an increased expectation from customers that facility managers will know it. More

PV system installation and maintenance
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A typical commercial PV cell with a surface area of 25 square inches produces about 2 watts of power under peak sunlight conditions. If sunlight intensity is 40 percent of peak, the cell produces about 0.8 watts. To become useful as an electrical energy source, PV cells must be connected in series and/or parallel circuit configurations to produce higher voltages and current. More

General window maintenance tips: What to look for
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Why do windows need regular maintenance? Consider the environment in which windows function. They are subject to extreme temperature differences — as much as 75 degrees or more. The weather may be extremely dry for part of the year, then wet and humid. Windows must withstand high winds and exposure to ultraviolet light. More

AFE LinkedIn group site discussion of the week: Buy spare parts locally?
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The AFE LinkedIn discussion of the week comes from R.Dillibabu, who wrote: "Do you prefer machine spare parts made locally or buying from a OEM (original equipment manufacturer)?" Join the AFE LinkedIn group site to join this and other discussions of interest to facilities professionals More

Joel Levitt to conduct 5-day "Shutdowns Master Class"
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Joel Levitt, international consultant specializing in Maintenance Management, has designed a special 5-day course to review all the areas you have had to deal with during previous shutdowns. He looks at the lessons learned, the gaps which need to be filled, and will lead you through an evaluation and analysis to guide you towards an improved process on every level. The class will be held July 18–22, in Chicago. More

Last chance to register for CPMM Review Course Led by Jim Taylor in Washington, DC
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Jim Taylor, CPE, CPMM with Machinery Management Solutions, Inc. will be leading a CPMM Certification Review from June 24-26 at Washington Dulles Marriott Suites in Herndon, Va., a short drive from Washington, D.C. and minutes from Dulles Airport. Space is limited, so register today. More

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