Green building market to hit $173.5 billion by 2015
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From 2010 to 2015, the total U.S. green building market value is projected to increase from $71.1 billion to $173.5 billion, according to the latest issue of EL Insights. This represents a CAGR of 19.5 percent during this time period. The goals of building green include the efficient use of energy, water, and other resources, the protection of occupant health and improvement of employee productivity, and the reduction of waste, pollution, and environmental erosion. Buildings in the United States are responsible for 40 percent of total energy consumption, 12 percent of water consumption, 68 percent of total electricity consumption, and 38 percent of carbon dioxide emissions. More
Macalester College partners with Trane for smooth operation of green buildings
Pick up any facilities-related publication these days and you're likely to see several articles on the benefits of green and sustainable facilities. But will those green buildings continue to lower energy costs, reduce maintenance, and help environment—as they are designed to do—if not properly maintained?
As Bill Gregory, Director of Sustainability for Milliken & Company—a zero carbon manufacturer of commercial carpeting—put it: "We can make the greenest products in the world, but all that is negated if they are not properly installed or maintained."
So how does facilities professionals like you 'keep the green in green facilities'? In the case of Macalester College, the first college in Minnesota to achieve LEED® Platinum certification for a campus building, the answer was to partner with Trane Corporation, a business of Ingersoll Rand. The college depended on Trane and their LEED certified staff for installation, extensive training, and a 'team approach' to maintaining high efficiency chillers, boilers and advanced control systems that monitor light, heat, humidity and other indoor air quality and comfort measures.
Want to learn more about how the Macalester-Trane partnership? Or how facilities can save up to 320 gallons of hot water each time they clean the carpeting in a four-story commercial office building? Read the upcoming July/August issue of The Facilities Engineering Journal, soon to be in your mailbox or email.
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Just say 'no' to power interruptions
Power outages, shortages and brownouts happen, locations where it is impossible to keep a power current going, exist. When such events or locations call for a source of power to keep security systems and data centers going the solution could call for an uninterruptable power source or supply (UPS). Essential for keeping systems up and running in most settings and environments, UPS products are designed to keep it all together when regular sources of power have failed. Loaded with new features and options, UPS products can accommodate the demands of challenging applications 24/7. More
Study: Smart meters alone not enough to save
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Smart meters alone are not enough to save energy and money, a new study finds. Significant savings are possible, however, and consumers save more when given information tailored to their use. Programs that focus on energy efficiency and conservation also produced more savings than those that sought to move energy use to off-peak hours. Those are some of the findings of a review of 57 studies conducted over three decades for the Washington-based American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. More
AFE's Facilities America Conference offers participants choice of 70 education sessions
Facilities America Conference attendees will have a choice of 70 education sessions, thanks in part to a co-location arrangement between Facilities America and the Facility Decisions Conference and Expo. Some topics for the education sessions include maintaining green buildings, facilities maintenance cost control, ultra high efficiency heating and cooling systems, and keeping potentially deadly pathogens out of your facility's heating and cooling system water. Both events will be held October 5-6, 2010 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. AFE's Facilities America will also include an awards ceremony and a facility tour of The Las Vegas Hilton, one of the world's largest hotels. The Facilities Decision Expo, with hundreds of latest time- and cost-saving products and services for facilities professionals, will be free to attendees of both conferences. Registration for Facilities America and Facility Decisions is free to AFE members and other facilities engineering, operations and maintenance professionals. More
Louvre looks to LEDs to light the way
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The Louvre Museum is planning an overhaul to replace its current lighting with more energy-efficient and cost-effective LED lighting. To that end, the Louvre Pyramid, designed by architect I.M. Pei, will be refitted. Toshiba has signed a partnership agreement to provide the lighting, which in the first phase will encompass the glass pyramids and outdoor lighting for Napoleon Court as well as the Cour Carree, the Louvre's underground, sky-lighted entrance, square, and visitors' center, Toshiba announced. More
'Zero-energy' office building in Germany
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Daikin Europe, a unit of Japanese air-conditioner maker Daikin Industries Ltd., will build a "zero-energy" office building as part of a project to test low-carbon, energy efficient technology. The building uses heat pumps, solar cells and energy recovery ventilation to reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions to zero. Construction will be finished in July in Herten, Germany, Daikin Europe said on its website. More
AFE extends Certification price freeze until August 1
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—so AFE has extended the price freeze until August 1, for all AFE Certifications: Certified Plant Engineer, Certified Plant Maintenance Manager and Certified Plant Supervisor. 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
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.