Report predicts oil spill will lead to $100 billion spike in green building
A recent Environmental Leader Insights report reveals the commercial green building industry is expected to see growth of 18.1 percent annually—an increase of more than $100 billion in the total U.S. green building market value from 2010 to 2015. The reason behind the unprecedented hike? The oil spill. According to the report, "increased awareness of environmental issues such as the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico will drive growth" in commercial and residential green building. More
AFE and the AFE Foundation join with MentorNet to inspire next generation of facilities professionals
The AFE Foundation is proud to announce that it has funded a program to enable AFE to partner with MentorNet, an organization committed to matching students—particularly those in underrepresented populations—with mentors in the disciplines of facilities engineering, engineering, mathematics, computer, physical and life sciences, and technology fields. Students from community college, undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral, or early career faculty levels are eligible to take participate in the program.
The MentorNet One-on-One Mentoring Program is a chance to make a big difference in the life of a student in as little as 15 minutes a week.
MentorNet seeks mentors who are facilities engineering and science professionals In industry, government, or academia to match with protégés who are:
• Pursuing a professional future in the fields of facilities engineering, engineering or science.
• At the community college, undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral, or early career faculty levels.
Although mentors volunteer their time to benefit the protégé, they also find a rewarding experience for themselves.
"I hope [my student] is getting as much out of it as I am," is how one MentorNet mentor described the experience. More than 70 percent of mentors have recommended MentorNet's e-mentoring program to a friend or colleague."
Mentoring relationships last 8 months. Because mentors and students communicate entirely by email, they can communicate wherever and whenever they choose. In fact, 90 percent of our mentors feel that e-mentoring was a convenient way to volunteer. More
Shaping the city: Good design promotes efficient air conditioning
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Given the economic and environmental costs of electricity, we need buildings to be less dependent on electromechanical air-conditioning systems. In climates such as Washington's, we will always need to install such systems, but we could design and construct buildings in which they would run less frequently and more efficiently. We know how to do it. A fundamental strategy for reducing heat transfer from outdoors to indoors is to configure wisely a building's overall form. The form must be artful but sufficiently compact to avoid excessive exterior surface area. Solar orientation also greatly affects seasonal cooling loads. For example, the summertime solar load on a building's south and west facades is much greater than on its north and east facades. Consequently, architects should compose each facade to respond to its solar orientation. More
Facilities America education sessions to focus on ways to keep buildings efficient, safe and eco-friendly
Education sessions at the Facilities America Conference, to be held October 5-6 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, will focus on topics that last year’s participants said they want to learn most about: how to keep facilities efficient, safe and eco-friendly. 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
Facilities software takes a strategic role in facilities maintenance
The way facility managers use software packages to automate their facility organizations has evolved rapidly over the past several years. Integrated workplace management systems (IWMS) are common and infrastructure life-cycle management (ILM) is becoming in vogue. It is now universally recognized that facility management software offers many opportunities for facility managers to streamline operations. More
Hospitals more likely to invest in efficiency than other industries
Healthcare organizations are more likely to invest in energy efficiency upgrades and efforts at their facilities than other industries in North America, according to research from Johnson Controls Inc. and the American Society for Healthcare Engineering. In a survey conducted earlier this year, 58 percent of the professionals with decision-making authority for healthcare facilities in North America said energy management is very or extremely important to their organization. By comparison, 52 percent of decision-makers for buildings across all sectors in North America said the same, the research for Johnson Controls and ASHE found. More
China passes US as world's biggest energy consumer
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China, powered by years of rapid economic growth, is now the world's biggest energy consumer, knocking the U.S. off a perch it held for more than a century, according to new data from the International Energy Agency. The Paris-based agency, whose forecasts are generally regarded as bellwether indicators for the energy industry, said China devoured 2,252 million tons of oil equivalent last year, or about 4 percent more than the U.S., which burned through 2,170 million tons of oil equivalent. The oil-equivalent metric represents all forms of energy consumed, including crude oil, nuclear, coal, natural gas and renewable sources such as hydropower. More
Commercial buildings guzzle 37% of California's energy
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Commercial buildings are responsible for 37 percent of California's energy needs, according to a new report by Next 10. The findings suggest a new, untapped resource for reducing the state's energy needs through efficiency measures. The report, Untapped Potential of Commercial Buildings: Energy Use and Emissions, suggests that energy use by commercial buildings could be reduced by up to 80 percent through energy efficiency measures, based on national averages. More
Report forecasts educated worker shortage by 2018
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Without a dramatic change in course, U.S. employers will face a drought of 3 million workers who possess the education and training necessary to fill jobs by 2018, according to a new Georgetown University report. The drought of educated workers could have an impact on facilities-related professions at a time when they are seeking workers who have the education and training needed to understand today's sophisticated ultra high efficiency and sustainable building systems. The Center on Education and the Workforce (CEW) released Help Wanted: Projecting Jobs and Education Requirements, which attributes the future shortfall of eligible workers to a growing disconnect, as the economy slowly recovers, between the types of jobs employers need to fill and numbers of Americans who have the education and training to fill the jobs. 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.
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