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Engineers confident of their future but skills a concern
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Despite a number of initiatives aimed at dealing with the critical skills shortage in South Africa, a survey found that engineering professionals did not believe this was sufficient and remained concerned about the skills shortages in their relevant professions. The quarterly survey, undertaken by financial services company PPS, reported that only 40 percent of the 800 South African engineers surveyed were confident that the government would adequately deal with current skills shortages in the short to medium term. More

Report: US solar power shines, will increase 75 percent this year
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A new report on the state of the solar industry in America indicates that despite a global oversupply and a potential trade war with China, the U.S. solar industry had its second-best quarter ever in terms of installations, during the first quarter of 2012. The number of installations, 506 megawatts worth, enough to power just over 350,000 homes, was bested only by the fourth quarter of 2011, which saw a whopping 708 megawatts worth of solar installed. More

Boiler systems: Economics and efficiencies
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When a hot water heating system is designed, all the components must work together in order to achieve maximum system efficiency, while minimizing first cost. Hot water heating accounts for 40 to 50 percent of the market, and while noncondensing boilers have been employed for decades and engineers and facility operators know how to design, specify, maintain and operate them, the popularity of condensing boilers has risen steadily over the past decade. More

Upscale Recycling bins by T2

T2 Site Amenities offers the widest selection of upscale recycling bins for lobbies, meeting spaces, offices and outdoors. Many available with casters for easy mobility. Amazing planters, benches and bike racks also available.

Miller Park changes are part of green building trend
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Architects and designers were once the center of the green building movement, but more and more the focus is on making already built buildings green. The U.S. Green Building Council and its Green Building Certification Institute are putting Milwaukee and existing buildings in the spotlight with the presentation of a plaque honoring LEED certification for Miller Park. Peter Templeton, head of the institute, presented a plaque honoring the LEED rating before a recent Brewers-Blue Jays game. More

Sustainable facility focuses on improving futures for offenders
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Johnson County Youth and Family Services Center in Olathe, Kan., recently has been awarded LEED Platinum certification. After review of LEED awards to date, the facility seems to be the first juvenile detention center in the nation and possibly even the world to be certified LEED Platinum, according to Treanor Architects P.A., project architects for the facility. "We are thrilled to receive the news of the platinum certification. This is the highest rating possible. We are very proud of this facility," County Manager Hannes Zacharias said. More

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AFE Certification goes high-tech
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The Association for Facilities Engineering has announced that its highly regarded Certified Plant Maintenance Manager Certification will be offered as an online course beginning July 10. The CPMM Review Course will run every Tuesday and Friday for eight weeks. This virtual series of real-time webinars allows you to prepare for the exam in the comfort of your own office. Participants must have access to a telephone and computer. To enroll or for more information, visit More

Building automation: Can you see the light?
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The IMS Research (recently acquired by IHS Inc.) report titled The EMEA and Americas Markets for Integrating Smart Building Systems – A Quantitative Market Analysis – 2012 Edition, found in 2011, an average of 25 percent of the installed building automation systems in the Americas and EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) were integrated with lighting control systems. The report forecasts this will increase to an average of 35 percent in both the Americas and EMEA by 2016. More

The towering heights of green building
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Long before he became the bleeding edge of the green building industry, David Borchardt, the chief sustainability officer at Rockville, Md.-based Tower Companies, earned his spurs cleaning up many of the most polluted Cold War weapons sites in the United States. Now, as the master of green ceremonies at Tower, Borchardt is responsible for making 4.5 million square feet of office buildings, 1,400 apartments and a clutch of commercial retail properties and lifestyle centers within the Washington, D.C., area sustainable. More


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SPEC Launching Process Engineering Forum
SPEC’s experience solving complex scale-up projects, regulatory compliance issues, and equipment specifications and installations provides a strong basis from which to host an engineering forum. MORE

International solar energy survey reveals consumer optimism, misperceptions
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In celebration of the recent summer solstice, the day the sun shines for the longest period of time all year in the northern hemisphere, Applied Materials Inc. has announced the results of its fourth annual solar energy survey, which measures consumers' understanding and awareness of this renewable energy source. More

Smithsonian Institution and its Facilities Director to be highlighted at Facilities America Education Forum
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What does it take to manage a space shuttle and a million insects? Nancy Bechtol, CFM, will be the keynote speaker for the Facilities America Education Forum to be held in Arlington, Va., Sept. 10-12. Her presentation on "World Class Facilities, the Smithsonian's Largest Treasure" will highlight the special challenges of managing facilities that house everything from the tiniest insects to the Star Spangled Banner to the space shuttle Discovery. In addition, conference attendees will have the unique opportunity for a behind-the-scenes facilities tour of the Smithsonian's magnificent Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum which houses Discovery and many more space and aviation exhibits. More

Terry Tamminen: Give solar panels a break
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When I helped former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger create the Million Solar Roofs Initiative in California a few years ago, we designed it to stimulate mass production of solar panels to bring down cost. What we didn't anticipate was that the building industry would crater around the same time and that unemployed roofers and electricians would find new jobs installing those clean energy systems, which created competition and dramatically lowered installation costs. More

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