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AFE urges state unemployment agencies to fund training for facilities-related jobs
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As unemployment throughout the country remains at record levels approaching 10 percent, The Association for Facilities Engineering (AFE) urged state employment agencies to provide unemployed workers with training in facilities-related professions, where there is a growing shortage of skilled workers.

"It is mind-boggling to me that more while millions of American workers have been unemployed for months or years, there is a growing shortage of skilled workers in the facilities profession," said Laurence Gration, CEO of AFE.

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For a premier lab, a zero-energy showcase
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The federal government has just finished construction on a zero-energy office building, the nation's largest, and is hoping that commercial developers will follow its lead. The 222,000-square-foot Research Support Facility is on the Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory campus in Golden, Colo. Just over 800 employees will occupy the building once it officially opens in late August. More

Maintenance crisis songs highlighted on Fox TV affiliate
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Do you think only facilities engineers care about the shortage of skilled facilities maintenance and operations workers? Think again. Fox Channel 8, serving the Greensboro and Winston-Salem areas of North Carolina, last week televised a story highlighting the maintenance shortage and AFE member and Skill TV host Joel Leonard's innovative Maintenance Crisis songs. In the Fox News story, those songs are performed by professional singers and a professor of musicology—in one case, to the tune of Rossini's well-known opera The Barber of Seville. More

AFE's Facilities America Conference offers participants choice of 70 education sessions
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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

Control Noise, Increase Speech Privacy with Sound Masking
Meet Carl. He's discussing a contract with a client. And he's one of the 72 percent of employees who are dissatisfied with their level of speech privacy. Maintaining the confidentiality of his conversation is also crucial to his company. The LogiSon Acoustic Network would provide the acoustic control he needs. more

Association for Facilities Engineering partners with MentorNet
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The Association for Facilities Engineering (AFE) has signed an agreement with MentorNet to locate members of the AFE community willing to guide and support students interested in pursuing facilities engineering, maintenance and operations careers.

"This initiative is a further commitment to the future development of the facilities-related professions," said Kate Kerrigan, Chair of the AFE Foundation. "AFE and the AFE Foundation consider it a great honor that MentorNet, a recognized leader in guiding and supporting students through the mentoring programs, would partner with us to help students interested in these professions."

New system to reduce heating costs in cold climates
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A new type of heat pump being developed at Purdue University could allow residents in cold climates to cut their heating bills in half. The research, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, builds on previous work that began about five years ago at Purdue's Ray W. Herrick Laboratories, said James Braun, a professor of mechanical engineering. Heat pumps provide heating in winter and cooling in summer but are not efficient in extreme cold climates, such as Minneapolis winters. More

Guiding the way
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Retailers, developers, and landlords are seeking to green their retail facilities to realize operational gains, demonstrate environmental stewardship and capture increasingly conscientious consumers. To help unify their efforts, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) will publish its new Green Retail Guide: Integrating LEED® into your Leasing Process later this year. More

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Solar power architecture cuts shading losses
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A Danish start-up has taken solar power architectures a step further in an effort to cut shading problems, and therefore life-cycle cost. In a series string of solar cells, the shading of any one cell introduces a high impedance and dramatically cuts the output of the whole string. This means that one large leaf can cut the output of a four string solar panel by a quarter, and then that panel will drag down the output of all panels connected in series with it. More

How to recession-proof your career    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
We all can agree the nation is in a recession, and we could spend hours debating how the nation got into this mess. But the real question is: What does the current economic situation mean for your career? More

AFE extends Certification price freeze until August 1
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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

Understanding Sound Masking

Sound masking has been used for decades in hundreds of millions of square feet worldwide in order to increase speech privacy and control noise in the workplace. Applications include commercial offices, banks, call centers, healthcare, libraries and more. However, this technology remains novel to many people. How does it work?

Chapter 13 golf outing to provide scholarship funds
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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!
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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.

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