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Engineers, mechanics renovate North Carolina whirligigs
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The eccentric vision of a self-taught North Carolina artist famed for his whimsical, wind-powered whirligigs is getting an overhaul that's as much about engineering as it is about art. Just as more traditional conservators might study an artist's canvas and paints, the 16-member team working in a former downtown auto parts warehouse pores over pieces of reflector and debates whether to use more modern bearings to replace old-fashioned grease fittings on Vollis Simpson's spinning sculptures. More

India develops eco-friendly bricks from recycled newspaper    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
According to The Times of India, two researchers from the Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology in India have developed eco-friendly, energy efficient bricks made from recycled newspaper. Professors Rahul Ralegaonkar and Sachin Mandavgane hatched the idea to create these bricks after a trip to local paper mill two years ago. They learned at that 15 percent of newspaper cannot be recycled and goes to waste. This, combined with the fact that India suffers from a brick shortage of about 30 percent, inspired them to manufacture bricks from the paper mill waste. More

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 Aug. 7. The CPMM Review Course will run every Tuesday and Friday for eight weeks. This 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

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Air Force top engineers give tips on saving energy, money
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Summer is officially under way. While it means fun in the sun for Airmen and their families, it can be an expensive, wasteful time of year for the Air Force. Utility bills on installations often rise drastically as air conditioning units and sprinkler systems work to keep up. The Air Force spends more than $1 billion a year to power its facilities. Despite a reduction of 16 percent in energy use since 2003 and 13 percent in water use since 2007, there is still much work to do. Federal laws require government agencies to reduce energy 30 percent by 2015. More

New robot builds solar power plants
PR Newswire via The Sacramento Bee    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Building open area solar parks is mostly manual work. Identical processes are repeated hundreds of thousands of times, so PV-Kraftwerker have been looking into automation options for some time. At the Intersolar North America exhibition in San Francisco, the company will present "Momo" for the first time in the USA. The mobile assembly robot named Momo can tackle the whole building process. More

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Heery to renovate GSU building
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Georgia State University has selected Heery International to provide interior design and engineering services for the first phase of renovation of former SunTrust Bank headquarters building in downtown Atlanta. More

Is the green dream a hard sell?
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Today's feature story on a "green renovation" in Sarasota shows that a lot of surprises can await buyers of old homes should they choose to renovate them. The golden lining is that this house will be more sustainable and energy efficient — greener — than it otherwise would have been because so much of it had to be rebuilt. These clients were committed to "going green," as was their builder, Josh Wynne, who is known for building green houses. But how easy is it to sell sustainability to the average home buyer looking for an inexpensive three/two in the suburbs? 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

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

Sustainable building codes for commercial South Africa business    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
While it is estimated that worldwide, buildings are responsible for a third of all carbon emissions, these alarming statistics has prompted South Africa to commit to reducing its carbon emission by 34 percent by 2020 and 42 percent by 2025. The built environment contributes the bulk of these emissions and its being targeted by the government to contribute to this reduction. The commercial sector uses 10 percent of the country's electricity and represents a significant savings opportunity given that, historically, most buildings were not designed with energy efficiency in mind. More

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