AFE planning 'multitude of meetings'
for members to express 'views and vision'
A recent informal survey of Facilities America registrants revealed the majority were attending the conference to:
• Take the facility tour of the Las Vegas Hilton
• Attend the Facility Decisions Expo
• Prepare for AFE certification at one of the CPS or CPMM classes to be held in conjunction with Facilities America.
The conference will also culminate with the "AFE Awards night" presentation, the evening of October 5, with Chapter and individual awards, guest speakers, and the opportunity to mingle with many of your fellow AFE members and other industry leaders.
The Facilities America Conference will be held Oct. 5-6 at the Las Vegas Convention Center and will be co-located with the Facility Decisions Conference and Expo. To learn more about Facilities America, click here.
AFE Foundation launches new website
to highlight facilities engineering programs
The AFE Foundation has launched a new website, www.foundation4afe.org, designed to help the Foundation promote the facilities engineering profession, provide scholarships and mentoring for students, and encourage community service. "Facilities engineering, maintenance and operations professionals are responsible for the safety, comfort and security of hundreds, if not thousands, of employees and visitors who use their facilities," said Kate Kerrigan, Chair of the AFE Foundation. "One of the most important goals of the Foundation is to raise awareness of the facilities profession and to promote our work to the larger community. But we also want to advance facilities-related education through scholarships and grants, and to give back to the community by promoting volunteer opportunities. The improved website gives us a much-needed tool for communicating Foundation goals to the larger community." More
White roofs can save 15 percent on energy costs
Environmental Leader Share
U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced a series of initiatives underway at the Department of Energy (DOE) to more broadly implement cool roof technologies on DOE facilities and buildings across the U.S. federal government. Cool roofs use lighter-colored roofing surfaces or special coatings to reflect more of the sun’s heat, helping to improve building efficiency by reducing cooling costs and offsetting carbon emissions. More
USGBC opens building performance partnership to current LEED-certified buildings
Sustainable Facility Share
Last summer, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced its Building Performance Partnership (BPP), a program to engage owners and managers of commercial and residential LEED-certified green buildings, optimizing the performance of buildings through data collection, analysis and action. Starting this summer, USGBC has opened the program to all current whole-building LEED-certified commercial and residential projects. This partnership among USGBC and LEED project owners is designed to result in the population of a comprehensive green building performance database, and enable standardization of reporting metrics and analytics to establish new building performance benchmarks. More
Reports detail global investment and other trends in green energy
Science Daily Share
In 2009, for the second year in a row, both the U.S. and Europe added more power capacity from renewable sources such as wind and solar than conventional sources like coal, gas and nuclear, according to twin reports launched by the United Nations Environment Programme and the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century. More
Energy retrofits could save $41 billion a year
CNET News Share
If all the commercial buildings in the U.S. that exist as of 2010 were retrofitted to be more energy efficient, the country as a whole would save over $41.1 billion a year in energy bills. That's according to the report "Energy Efficiency Retrofits for Commercial and Public Buildings" released Thursday by Pike Research. More
Five ways to cut China energy use
The Christian Science Monitor Share
China's voracious appetite for energy doesn't have to keep growing at the rate of this past decade, says Fatih Birol, chief economist of the International Energy Agency. The Paris-based energy monitoring group announced that China energy use has surpassed that of the United States. The U.S. consumed twice as much energy as China just a decade ago. In an interview with the Monitor, Dr. Birol offered five ways for China to reduce its energy consumption over the coming decades. More
Ensure long-term sustainable success, not just short-term gains
Plant Services Share
With the U.S. president being asked by his daughter if they fixed the leak in the Gulf of Mexico, after years of warnings, let’s face it: we are deep into the maintenance crisis. To avoid future accidents, loss of life, Congressional hearings, more criminal investigations and more regulatory oversight, let's acquire new sensors to alert us of challenges, let's install automation dashboards and control systems to monitor, manage and optimize our activities, and let's build more pipelines of new workers so more disasters don't occur. Also, let's upgrade our existing workforce's decision-making skills and install process systems to ensure long-term sustainable success not just short-term gains. More
AFE extends Certification price freeze until August 15
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 15, for all AFE Certifications: Certified Plant Engineer, Certified Plant Maintenance Manager and Certified Plant Supervisor. 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.