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The AFE President's Luncheon
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On Sept. 9, AFE will sponsor its President's Luncheon. This is an RSVP limited number event, so advanced purchase is advised. This event has always been a very popular affair with our Facilities America® program. AFE's President and Chairman of the Board Denny Hydrick will provide an overview of the state of our facilities management and engineering industry, followed by AFE's prestigious KeyNote speakers. This year, Facilities America® is proud to announce the following executive professionals. Click here for list of speakers.
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Chemsearch signs a 1-year advertising agreement with the Facilities Engineering Journal
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Chemsearch is a world-class provider of commercial and industrial specialty maintenance services, products and technology in over 55 countries worldwide. For more information regarding these building and facility products, services and technologies visit, http://chemsearch.com/.
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AFE and Fort Bragg — A mutual respect
AFE
The Fort Bragg office of the Garrison Commander Justin O. Mitchell expressed his sincere appreciation for our complimentary training of the soldiers, airmen and soon-to-be retirees of the Fort Bragg military Army base. "If you do something once, people will call it an accident. If you do it twice, they call it a coincidence. But do it continuously, and you've proven your sincerity." - Grace Hopper

AFE is back at Fort Bragg this week instructing 50 transitioning soldiers the CPMM course. Good luck to all of them.

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How smart technology can put an end to thermostat wars
Michael J. Berens
Washington Post columnist Petula Dvorak hit an icy nerve with her recent piece on gender disputes over thermal comfort in office spaces. "Every single woman I talked to in downtown Washington on a hot, humid July afternoon was thawing out," Dvorak writes. "It's the time of year desperate women rely on cardigans, pashminas and space heaters to make it through the workweek in their frigid offices. And their male colleagues barely notice."
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Building commissioning services market expected to total nearly $50 billion from 2014-2024
ACHR News
As energy efficiency becomes the highest priority in construction and building operations, more complex equipment and solutions are emerging that promise reduced energy consumption, less waste and better operation, states Navigant Research. Building optimization and commissioning services — quality assurance measures that can help meet operational and energy efficiency goals — are expanding with this growing emphasis.
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3 energy efficiency tips for data centers
GreenBiz
Server rooms and data centers use a lot of energy. And it's not just big data centers: The average commercial office building spends close to one quarter of its annual energy bill powering server rooms and closets. Why are they such energy hogs? The quick answer is that computer servers generate a tremendous amount of waste heat.
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Concrete jungle redefined: How urban agriculture improves wellness
By Bianca Gibson
From urban farms to green roofs and school gardens, urban agriculture's popularity has steadily increased in recent years — and for good reason. Urban agriculture plants a seed of wellness by improving physical and mental health, community revitalization and environmental awareness. Anyone who lives in an urban setting can engage in this movement and begin to take back their land and health one plant at a time.
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The world's 1st white laser could revolutionize lighting and display tech
Extreme Tech
Incandescent bulbs have given way to CFL and LEDs, but these lighting technologies may be destined for extinction as well. A team of scientists at Arizona State University have developed a laser that can produce pure white light that is brighter and more efficient than even the best LEDs. Technically, the laser itself isn't white from the start, but the clever use of nanomaterials allows three colored beams to become one white beam.
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Post-HFC-phaseout refrigerant options
ACHR News
The July 2 ruling from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that sets forth the timeframes for the phaseout of certain hydrofluorocarbons in specific applications presents some challenges for the refrigeration industry. The ruling also presents new opportunities for growth of the natural refrigerants market.
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Energy efficiency cost savings trump environmental concerns at nation's colleges
Campus Technology
On-campus cost is a bigger driver for energy efficiency than environmental concerns. While cutting costs was cited by a third of schools as the strongest factor in motivating change, a quarter picked environmental benefits. At the same time almost every higher education facility leader (96 percent) considers energy efficiency an important part of fulfilling the core mission of their institutions. A similar number (92 percent) said their schools have a culture that encourages energy efficiency throughout.
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Google-style office perks go mainstream
The Wall Street Journal
The offices of Alterra LLC house an NCAA-regulation-size basketball court, a TruGolf simulator and a 90-inch television permanently tuned to ESPN. Food trucks come monthly to treat the staff to lunch, and fridges stocked with free bottles of Propel water dot the office. Alterra doesn't make software, computer chips or driverless cars. The Provo, Utah, company sells pest-control services. But its managers want employees to feel as cosseted as any in Silicon Valley.
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