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Mandate has commercial building owners tracking energy use
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American states and cities are now requiring commercial building owners to track and disclose their energy use. The new regulations are expected to push the owners to upgrade their buildings to save energy and create jobs. More

Air Handler Refurbishment: 5 Keys to Success

Refurbishing air handling units can be a daunting task so take some tips from the experts. AQUIS has successfully refurbished over 1,000 air handlers nationwide ranging in both size and complexity. Based on our experience, we have compiled these recommendations to ensure that your next refurbishment project goes as planned. MORE

Developing people: Making operators more effective
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Process industries worldwide lose around $20 billion annually due to process disruptions, which represents about 5 percent of total production. Studies suggest 80 percent of these losses are preventable, and of these preventable losses, 40 percent are primarily due to operator errors. More

Driven by smart grid and Asia, building automation market set for boom
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It's not surprising that North American and European building automation product markets will be largely responsible for the $32 billion in that sector's global revenue this year (with a jump to $37 billion by 2016). But ABI Research says the Asia Pacific region will see the highest growth rate through over the next five years. More

New designs on harnessing wind power
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Wind turbines are getting really big — some with blades as long as a football field — and more powerful, often generating 50 times more electricity than the first generation of wind-power machines built in the 1980s. More

Report on building energy consumption released
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The Institute for Market Transformation released the first national review for building energy ratings and disclosure policies in the United States. The policies, which have been enacted into law by several states and cities throughout the U.S., require commercial building owners to measure their properties' energy consumption and disclose the data. More

Professional development: Helpful hints for evaluating contractor bids
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When facility managers post a request for a proposal for cleaning services, they are looking at one of the largest facility services costs. Therefore, they need to provide the contractor with a realistic outline of what is required, including a detailed cleaning specification. More

Study: Global expansion for BAS products
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According to a recent Business Wire article, North America and Europe still remain the global leaders for building automation system products. Other regions however are starting to show signs of growth, according to a study by ABI Research. More

University of Nevada, Reno, scientists to shake 5-story building in Japan
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Landmark earthquake engineering tests this summer in Japan by the University of Nevada, could open the door for earthquake-proofing technology applied to hospitals, nuclear power plants and emergency-response facilities to be more common in the United States, and confirm the capabilities for the technology used in Japan and the rest of the world. More

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Facilities America registration continues at record pace
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Last year, Facilities America and Facility Decisions attracted thousands of attendees to the event in Las Vegas. This year Facilities America, to be held Oct. 11-12, in conjunction with the Facility Decisions Conference and Expo in Las Vegas, will again provide attendees with the opportunity to share notes, experiences and lessons learned from colleagues, educators, subject experts, exhibitors and government representatives. Free educational sessions will be led by the industry's most-respected experts in indoor air quality, water quality, energy efficiency, building retro-commissioning and other essential topics for facilities professionals. In addition, there will be numerous networking opportunities, including the AFE Chapter Awards Ceremony, as well as demonstrations of the latest products and services for facilities professionals.

Aug.15 deadline looms for AFE Chapter Awards nominations
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Nominations for the AFE Chapter Awards at Facilities America in Las Vegas must be submitted by the Aug. 15 deadline. AFE's Chapter Awards recognize chapter best practices and honor the volunteers who help to enhance the value of AFE membership by providing quality local programs and services. Recipients are honored each year during AFE's annual conference. More

August CPMM Review Class scheduled for Fayetteville, NC
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For many facilities workers, summer time is the perfect time to improve their professional knowledge and career status with AFE's popular CPMM (Certified Plant Maintenance Manager) Review Class, one of three AFE Certifications that helps facilities workers earn an average of $7,000 a year more than their uncertified peers. "Things are often a little more relaxed in summer, so many facilities professionals are able to take a few days to improve their jobs skills and enhance their career," said Joel Leonard, an AFE Certification instructor who is conducting a CPMM Review Course in Fayetteville, N.C., from Aug. 22-24. "After earning your CPMM, you can reward yourself by driving to world famous North Carolina beaches and mountains, each only a few hours from Fayetteville," Joel noted. More

Facilities America and Certification scholarships available
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AFE Foundation Certification and Facilities America scholarships are available to enable facility professionals, associates and educators who may not otherwise be able to attend Facilities America or a face-to-face AFE certification training and testing program. Applications for both the Facilities America and AFE Certification grants must be post-marked by Aug. 15. Applicants will be notified of results by email. More

AFE LinkedIn group site discussion of the week
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The AFE LinkedIn discussion of the week comes from Marvin Weisenthal, who posted the following: "What's the biggest obstacle in getting employees to participate in facility environmental initiatives? How have you overcome that?" To respond to Marvin's question, or post a question of your own, become a member of AFE's LinkedIn group site. More

AFE Career opportunity of the week
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Los Alamos National Laboratory is seeking a highly qualified Associate Director - Nuclear and High Hazard Operations. Visit the AFE Career Center to learn more about this and other career opportunities. More

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