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How to get the most out of your high performance building
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Improving building systems performance has the attention of the corner office and the Oval Office with good reason. Energy prices continue to rise. The economy is still sluggish. Organizations are focused on doing more with less, improving productivity, shrinking their environmental footprint and spending scarce capital budget dollars in ways that will provide the best return on investment. More

A guide to single ply roofing products
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Single ply roofing products were born out of the oil crisis of the 1970s, which led to lightweight, flexible roof membranes. Today, a variety of single ply roofing products exist. Among the common single ply roofing products are PVC, EPDM, TPO and KEE. All these changes mean that selecting single-ply roofing needs to be done with care and forethought. More

Achieving net zero with geothermal systems
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The Dept. of Defense Education Activity has established aggressive energy goals for new schools, including several "net zero" facilities in 2011. According to the Department of Defense, a net zero energy building generates as much energy as it uses. This is based upon annual total energy use and generation, which allows on-site energy sources to be sized for average loads instead of peak loads. More

Engineering and IT insight: What's the best manufacturing operations management systems design?
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Some of the most frequently asked manufacturing IT questions deal with MOM systems and architectures. MOM is short for manufacturing operations management and includes the functions of manufacturing execution systems, laboratory information management systems, warehouse management systems, tank farm management systems and asset management systems. The functions of MOM are defined in the ANSI/ISA 95 standards, and these standards have served as the basis for most new MOM implementations. More

Engineers: Make buildings bounce    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Engineers say cost-effective technology exists to combat earthquake damage and it should be used in all future building projects. As a Royal Commission of Inquiry continues its probe into why so many Christchurch buildings collapsed during February's magnitude 6.3 earthquake, the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering is calling on the building industry to make more use of technology. More

Indoor air quality industry growing
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With the IAQ industry continuing to grow, there is demand to improve technological development to keep the industry both sustainable and profitable. Air pollutants like tobacco, bacteria, mold and other substances can cause serious health problems if air isn't circulated and filtered out of buildings. The question for the industry going forward is finding the best way to maintain clean air and then develop the technology to improve on what is already being done. More

Raised flooring gets cooler
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The demand for more information and better analysis of data, along with a steadily increasing need to store information, is contributing to the growth in the number and size of data centers. With this growth comes an increase in the amount of energy consumed by these environments, including energy required to both power and cool the equipment. More

The green buildings sector will save the US economy $1.2 trillion
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According to a study sponsored by the U.S. Green Buildings Council, investing in the energy efficiency of buildings, combined with other non-transportation initiatives, could reduce U.S. energy consumption by 23 percent by 2020, save the U.S. economy $1.2 trillion and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1.1 gigatons annually. More

Thousands expected to participate in combined Facilities America and Facility Decisions Conference and Expo in Las Vegas
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Facilities professionals from across the country have been registering in record numbers for the combined Facilities America and Facility Decisions Conference and Expo, Oct. 11-12 at the Mirage Hotel Events Center in Las Vegas. The number of registrants for Facilities America 2011 is outpacing last year's record, when nearly 2,000 participants and exhibitors attended. This year's Facilities America participants will have their choice of more than 70 free educational sessions led by the industry's most-respected experts on indoor air quality, water quality, energy efficiency, building retro-commissioning and other essential topics for today's facilities professionals. There will also be numerous networking opportunities, including the AFE Chapter Awards Ceremony, a facility tour of the world famous Fountains of Bellagio, as well as demonstrations of the latest cost-saving technologies and services. More
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