Regenerative elevator drives save energy--and dollars
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When it comes to going green in your building, most co-op and condo boards and management companies immediately think of energy-guzzlers like lights and boilers. But there's another, unlikely source of untapped energy savings in many condo and co-op buildings: your elevators. New technology called a "regenerative elevator drive" can recapture some of the energy typically wasted in day-to-day operations. More
Applications for AFE Certifications triple prior to July 1, price increase
Applications for AFE Certification and Re-certification have more than tripled in the past two months, in anticipation of a July 1, 2010 price increase. "As new buildings are constructed to be 'green,' and older buildings are retrofitted with energy efficient and sustainable systems, it is more important than ever for facilities professionals to keep up with the latest technology and procedures," said Wayne Carley, PhD, Director of Professional Development for AFE. "Facilities professionals recognize that AFE Certification is one of the best ways to keep up with these new developments—and by acting quickly, they can also take advantage of the reduced prices." Carley noted that AFE delayed the price increases for several years, but "rising costs made price increases inevitable." More
'Masterpieces' on hold, waiting for better times
Some stunning buildings have appeared in American cities in the past four years—buildings like the Aqua skyscraper in Chicago that attest to the creativity of 21st-century architecture. But there might be fewer of them in the near future because the recession has forced many architects to tone down their ambition. More
Free registration to AFE's Facilities America Conference includes registration for Facility Decisions 2010 Expo
The Facilities America Conference will be in Las Vegas this year and will offer more than 20 education sessions, an Awards Ceremony, and tours of nearby facilities. But that's not all. As part of a co-location arrangement with Facility Decisions Conference & Expo, registrants will also be entitled to attend both the Expo—highlighting hundreds of the latest products and technologies—and dozens of additional education sessions that will be held in conjunction with Facility Decisions. Both events will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center from October 5-6, 2010. Education session topics 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. Register today and enjoy both programs free! More
An Energy-saving air conditioner
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Keeping air cool in homes and offices this summer will be expensive—about 5 percent of the energy used in the United States each year goes to running air-conditioners. But researchers at the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo., have come up with a new air-conditioner design that they say will dramatically increase efficiency and eliminate gases that contribute to global warming. More
New Burger King restaurant powered by wind and solar energy
A new Burger King restaurant in Germany features wind, solar, lighting, heating and cooling systems that are expected to produce whopping cuts in energy use and costs. The wind and solar power systems at the Burger King in Waghäusel, Germany, which was designed in collaboration with Wirsol Solar AG, supply one third of the restaurant's electricity needs. The systems are expected to reduce energy costs by about 45 percent and cut CO2 emissions by 120 metric tons annually, according to the restaurant company. 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
U.K. 'could be zero carbon by 2030'
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A report outlining what the U.K. would need to do to reach carbon neutrality over the next 20 years has been published by the Centre for Alternative Technology. The study looks at the political and economic challenges that would need to be addressed in order to attain this goal and argues that many of the measures needed would also address other pressing national concerns such as energy security and economic recovery. 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.