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Networking opportunities helping attract record number of registrants for Facilities America
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Formal and informal networking opportunities, including the prestigious AFE Awards Gala, are just some of the reasons why AFE members and other facilities professionals are registering in record numbers for the Facilities America Conference to be held in Las Vegas October 5-6, 2010.

"Where else can you meet this many facilities professionals who share your interests, challenges and concerns?" asked one registrant. "And the best part is, it's a free conference. I looked into another show that's being held around the same time, with about the same number of education classes, and they wanted more than $1,000 for their event. Paying that much isn’t bad if you're made of money, but guys like me are a budget even at work." A recent survey showed that networking is still the #1 reason why our members attend our meetings and conferences, with 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 that both AFE and Facilities America offer. Need more reasons to attend Facilities America? Here are some:

- More than 70 free education sessions
- CPMM and CPS Certification Classes to be held in conjunction with event
- Free facility tour of Las Vegas Hilton, one of the world's largest hotels
- Get started on facilities planning for 2011 at the co-located Facility Decisions Trade Show, with previews and demonstrations of the latest tools and techniques for facilities professionals
- Excellent Las Vegas golf courses, restaurants and other leisure time activities

So join thousands of other facilities professionals October 5-6 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, and be sure to visit the AFE exhibit booth at Facility Decisions.

Air Intake Filter Pays for Itself - Facility Saves $5,000+

20 miles SW of Denver, the Parker Water & Sanitation District delivers clean water to 22,000 customers, operates 150 miles of sewage collection, multiple wastewater treatment plants and water reclamation laboratories. Their facility also lies within an area of cottonwood trees that let loose their white fluffy seedlings, only to get sucked into the facility’s RTU's. With the help of PreVent® Air Intake Filters, they are able to reduce HVAC maintenance, system downtime and filter change-outs by almost two-thirds. Given today's economic climate, this simple solution is a great way to meet your budget.

Pulling together the value streams for building retrofits
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Given energy cost saves, tax depreciation opportunities, carbon tax risks and portfolio reinvestments, the thread of green retrofit offers owners untapped opportunities for improved building performance. The link between the four variables offers the optimum opportunity for performance improvements and cost saves. But with purposefulness and the right tools, an informed owner can capitalize on initial investments and ensure the long-term performance of assets. More

Facilities America Conference travel and certification grants announced
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The AFE Foundation has announced that it will be awarding travel grants of up to $1,000 to attend free Facilities America Conference to be held in Las Vegas, October 5-6, 2010. Facilities America Conference Grants are made available to enable participation by facility professionals, associates and educators who would not otherwise be able to attend.

In addition, the AFE Foundation is offering grants up to a total of $2,000 to attend any AFE certification course, including those being held in Las Vegas in conjunction with Facilities America. The popular CPMM and CPS certification courses will be held in conjunction with Facilities America, and grant proceeds may be used for participation in those programs.

Applications for both the Facilities America and AFE Certification grants must be post-marked by August 31, 2010. Applicants will be notified of results by email.

#1 Complaint in Green Buildings

What’s the number one complaint in green buildings? Poor acoustics. Post occupancy surveys show that respondents are dissatisfied with being able to overhear others talking, as well as with their own level of speech privacy. And over 50 percent state that noise hinders their work. What can you do? 

HVAC energy reduction software saves 6 New York buildings 9.9 million kilowatts annually
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Six New York State commercial facilities, combined, are expected to reduce their heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) energy consumption by more than 9.9 million kilowatts annually, by implementing Optimum Energy's OptimumHVAC software solution. These buildings include 1271 Avenue of the Americas building, a GE Healthcare manufacturing facility, and Westfield Group's Sunrise shopping center in Massapequa, N.Y. The OptimumHVAC software automatically calculates the most energy efficient sequencing of HVAC system equipment based on real-time building loads, reducing energy use by up to 60 percent. The solution also allows building operators to benchmark HVAC energy performance via a Web-based service to ensure energy reductions are sustained month after month. More

National Insulation Association and Association for Facilities Engineering announce alliance
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The National Insulation Association (NIA) and the Association for Facilities Engineering (AFE) are pleased to announce they have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to pursue common goals through a collaborative effort. The two organizations will work together to promote the educational aspects of professionals engaged in energy efficiency and expand industry knowledge of the use of insulation, as well as allow insulation professionals a better understanding of the realm of Facilities Engineering.

"NIA is excited to be working with AFE, and we look forward to helping their members fully understand the energy-saving properties of mechanical insulation," said NIA Executive Vice President/CEO Michele Jones. "We also look forward to offering our members the benefit of AFE's expertise to help them better understand facilities engineering."

AFE CEO Laurence Gration sees a strong need for his organization's alliance with NIA. “As energy efficiency and sustainability play an increasingly important role for facilities professionals," he said, “we must find ways to help our members keep up with the latest advances in mechanical insulation."

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Wind lens floating farms could triple electricity production
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The Yokohama Renewable Energy International Exhibition 2010 revealed some visually spectacular new designs for wind turbine technology. The Wind Lens has the potential to triple the amount of electricity produced by offshore turbines according to experiments. Kyushu University professor Yuji Ohya spoke of the merits of the 112-meter diameter structures being able to increase energy output "two or three fold," as well as being able to reduce the dreaded noise pollution so often associated with wind turbines, and improve safety too. More

The Princeton Review names the greenest colleges in U.S.
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Eighteen U.S. colleges and universities made The Princeton Review's 2011 Green Rating Honor Roll for maintaining the most sustainable practices, policies and course offerings among all campuses rated for their environmental friendliness, said the company that created the popular "best colleges" guides. More

Iran seeks more urbane image with sleek new London Embassy
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Iran is attempting to reinvent its reputation in the U.K. by building an embassy building in central London featuring a contemporary art gallery and cultural center. The Iranian foreign ministry has submitted a planning application for the 6-story building featuring a dramatic cantilevered arch, acutely-angled walls and irregularly punched-out windows, a recent architectural vogue. Its architect believes the building—which will cost at least £100 million and is sited in a sensitive area of historic buildings—will embody "Iran's public image in London." More

Fossil fuels receive 12 times more subsidies than renewables
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It's a familiar refrain: renewable energy won't look as enticing after government subsidies are removed. While renewable energy does get government incentives, it turns out fossil fuels get more—way more. According to Bloomberg, the fossil fuel industry reaps roughly 12 times the subsidies that the renewable energy sector receives globally. More

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