Survey underscores networking as biggest Facilities America draw
A recent informal survey of AFE members demonstrated that networking is still the overwhelming reason why attendees chose to attend Facilities Decisions and AFE meetings.
"The survey says best," said Laurence Gration, CEO of AFE. "Whilst times have changed and the Internet is playing a role it never has before—with Linked in and Twitter making access to your fellow AFE members easier and more instant than ever before—NETWORKING is still the #1 reason why our members attend our meetings and conferences.
The survey also showed that more than four times as many people chose "networking" as their reason for joining AFE over any other reason, despite the many services and benefits AFE offers.
"AFE has the greatest library of Facilities Engineering documentation available in the world ," Gration said, "but the ability to discuss technical options with fellow professionals, and discuss the variances on any given matter, are those that we all want more than any other."
Gration added: "So come to Vegas Oct. 5-6 and network. Meet us at the booth, talk with us at the receptions, and enjoy the company and the discussion at the AFE Awards Gala on Tuesday evening." More
High-rise buildings could use toilets to generate electricity
A system for generating small quantities of electricity from waste water has been suggested by Tom Broadbent, a graduating industrial design student at Leicester's De Montfort University. Called HighDro Power, Broadbent's brainwave uses an in-line turbine to generate electricity from falling waste water in the soil pipes of high-rise buildings. Broadbent estimates that used in a 7-story building, HighDro Power could knock up to £926 off the annual electricity bill. It would also qualify for feed-in tariffs. More
World's largest virtual computer-generated skyscraper in Brazil
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Brazilian practice Königsberger Vannucchi Architects has entered the record books with the world's biggest augmented reality marker for its latest skyscraper. The Fibrasa Connection project allows customers and potential buyers for the office development, in Vitória—the capital of the southern Brazilian state Espírito Santo—to see the building before construction work has even begun. In an elaborate set-up, notebook computer displays have been fitted to a helicopter which flies over the site with an augmented reality reader attached. The giant square black-and-white marker on the ground then triggers a display of a full-size 3D model of the 32,000 square-meter development on the screens. More
Facilities America strengthens education line-up with Certified Plant Supervisor prep classes
Facilities America has built a reputation as the premiere conference for facilities professionals who want to excel in their careers. Along those lines, Facilities America provides networking with colleagues in facilities-related industries, 70 education sessions, and the latest in time- and money-saving products and services at the co-located Facility Decision Expo.
In order to help it maintain its premiere reputation, AFE is adding Certified Plant Supervisor certification classes to its education lineup. The CPS classes and exam will be held in addition to the Certified Plant Maintenance Manager (CPPM) classes announced earlier this month. Both the CPS and CPMM Certification preparation classes have been scheduled for Oct. 2-5 , so certification candidates will be able to obtain certification and still network with their colleagues at Facilities America from October 5-6.
Why is CPS so important that it had to be added to the already solid lineup of education sessions at Facilities America? "As you develop your leadership skills, you need to equip yourself with the professional and interpersonal skills needed to keep everyone on the same page," explained Wayne Carley, PhD, of the AFE Professional Development Department. "The Certified Plant Supervisor (CPS) program enables you to be confident that you have the knowledge to execute and manage any situation that comes your way. Along with the technical skills necessary to perform your job, the CPS focuses on leadership development, time management, and effective communication skills to prepare you for front line management."
And just in case you needed another reason: Facilities professionals with AFE Certification earn an average of $7,000 more each year than those without certification. More
Luminous solar cynergy pavers light up the night in Dallas
17Seventeen is a stunning new sustainable building in the heart of Dallas that is "paving" the way for energy efficient lighting through the use of Solar Cynergy's self-contained, solar powered light emitting diode stepping stones. These brilliant solar pavers capture all of their energy from the sun and don't require any wiring. They create a wonderful, way—finding pattern on the pavement that spans between the separate residential and commercial towers. We applaud Scott Oldner Lighting for incorporating the lights, which create a symbolic, visual transition throughout the project. In addition to the landscape lighting, Scott Oldner Lighting created the building's color changing "lantern," which makes 17Seventeen a glowing landmark. More
The Empire State Building: A beacon for energy efficiency
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The Empire State Building is a New York City Landmark, a U.S. National Historic Landmark, and has also been named by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. In the years to come, it wouldn't be surprising if this great structure also became known as the most energy efficient skyscraper in the world. Standing at 1,472 feet, and with 2.8 million square-feet of leasable office space, the Empire State Building currently consumes the energy equivalent of 40,000 single-family homes. More
New AFE Foundation website highlights organization's programs boosting industry and helping community
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
Interested in AFE Leadership? Act now!
AFE is currently accepting Regional Vice President nominations for Chapters 2,4,6 and 8, as well as Industry and Academic Directors. Interested? Contact Laurence Gration, CEO of AFE, at email@example.com.