World's First LEED Platinum Data Center Opens in Germany
Germany recently joined the ranks of the green elite with the completion of Citigroup’s stunning new Data Center in Frankfurt. Designed by leading sustainable architecture and engineering firm Arup Associates, the 230,000-square-foot facility’s efficient use of energy and resource-conserving design have made it the first data center in the world to achieve LEED Platinum! That’s no small task considering the energy required to keep stacks of servers running smoothly in a climate-controlled environment. More
Facilities America to be Held Oct 29 - Nov 1, 2009 - Register Today!
AFE will present Facilities America, a comprehensive conference program on the latest in facilities management topics being held in conjunction with the Carolina Industrial & Facility Maintenance Show October 29 – November 1 in Greenville, SC. Click here for more information and to register.
Why Nuclear Power Is Part of Our Future
from The Wall Street Journal
America is falling behind in the race to develop green energy technologies. As John Doerr, a partner at the venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, recently told a U.S. Senate energy panel, "The United States led the world in the electronics revolution, and we led in biotechnology and the Internet. But we are letting the energy technology revolution speed by us." More
NASA Goes Green with New Sustainability Base
One of NASA's most ambitious new projects isn't in space, but on the ground.
The agency is planning to build its most environmentally-friendly building at its Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. The structure, to be called Sustainability Base, will likely be the "greenest" building in the federal government, said Steve Zornetzer, Associate Center Director at NASA Ames.
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Certified Plant Engineer (CPE) Online and Classroom Review Classes Now Scheduled!
Online CPE Review: Join instructor Jim Taylor of Machinery Management Solutions for an extended review of the CPE Review Pack. This online class is double the instruction time of the traditional week-long review to allow working professionals to dedicate the appropriate time to prepare. Classes will be held from 12-2 EST. Traditional Classroom Review: To be held Sept. 19, Sept. 26, Oct. 3 and Oct. 10, 2009 in Eastern Massachusetts. For the schedule, pricing and registration, please click here. or contact Carol Lawrence at (571) 203-7238 or CLawrence@AFE.org.
Less May Be More for Wind Turbines
from Technology Review
One of the first R&D grants to a renewable-energy developer from the economic-stimulus funds approved by Congress this spring could have a dramatic impact on the design of wind turbines. The $16 million loan guarantee offered by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to Berkeley, CA-based Nordic Windpower will accelerate commercialization of the company's Swedish-designed, two-bladed wind turbines, marking the first utility-scale alternative to the industry's dominant three-bladed design in over a decade.
Establishing an Electrical Safety Program
Sponsored by AVO
On August 6, 1990, OSHA 29 CFR 1910.331-.335, “Electrical Safety-Related Work Practices” regulation became a Final Rule . A surprisingly large portion of the industry still does not have a written electrical safety program, along with an electrical safe work practice procedure, in place. Since the requirements for establishing the electrical safety program are based on the hazards of electricity, this paper will address briefly these hazards along with the six topics, from NFPA 70E, Section 110.7, that must be included in the electrical safety program.
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New LEED Reporting Requirements Benefit Building Owners, Contractors and Managers Say
from Michigan Business Review
U.S. Green Building Council's LEED 3.0 rating system, which launched earlier this summer, focuses more on energy usage than previous versions did -- and a new requirement is the first to focus on facility maintenance during the life span of the building. More
Vegas CityCenter Project Bets Big on Bringing Green to the Strip
When Al Gore, T. Boone Pickens, Steve Chu, Van Jones and Wesley Clark hit town for the National Clean Energy Summit, Las Vegas CityCenter developers hope to showcase their sweeping 18-million-square-foot, $8.5 billion project as the greenest thing on the Strip since felt. More