Facilities America education sessions to focus keeping buildings efficient, safe and eco-friendly
In response to AFE member requests, education sessions at the Facilities America Conference, to be held Oct. 5-6 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, will focus keeping buildings efficient, safe and eco-friendly. Facilities America Conference attendees will have a choice of 70 education sessions, thanks in part to a co-location arrangement between Facilities America and the Facility Decisions Conference and Expo. Some topics for the education sessions include maintaining green buildings, facilities maintenance cost control, ultra high efficiency heating and cooling systems, and keeping potentially deadly pathogens out of your facility's heating and cooling system water. Both events will be held Oct. 5-6, 2010 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. AFE's Facilities America will also include an awards ceremony and a facility tour of The Las Vegas Hilton, one of the world's largest hotels. The Facilities Decision Expo, with hundreds of latest time- and cost-saving products and services for facilities professionals, will be free to attendees of both conferences. Registration for Facilities America and Facility Decisions is free to AFE members and other facilities engineering, operations and maintenance professionals. More
Copper theft—A facility cancer
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Facilities management is afflicted with a growing infection eating at the wiring, sucking at the plumbing, rupturing the HVAC, and suppressing fire control. The plague of copper theft is a facilities cancer destroying value and killing property—an epidemic in need of a cure. Over the past five years copper prices have skyrocketed. While there was brief relief during the market crash, prices have again surged, driving the epidemic of copper theft cancer. More
Deadline for Facilities America Conference travel and certification grants fast approaching
The Aug. 31, deadline for AFE Foundation travel grants of up to $1,000 to attend free 2010 Facilities America Conference—to be held in Las Vegas, Oct. 5-6—is fast approaching. Facilities America Conference Grants are made available to enable participation by facility professionals, associates and educators who would not otherwise be able to attend. The AFE Foundation accepts applications for grants up to the current cost of a full registration to AFE's Facilities America prior to the early registration, and attendance costs, up to a total of $1,000 from applicants who meet certain eligibility requirements.
In addition, the AFE Foundation is offering grants up to $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.
You must act quickly! Applications for both the Facilities America and AFE Certification grants must be post-marked by Aug. 31, 2010. Applicants will be notified of results by email. More
Empire State manager fuels energy debate
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Panel discussions on building energy efficiency tend to be low-key affairs. But that was before Anthony Malkin, who runs the Empire State Building, entered the fray. At a panel discussion put on by a real-estate think tank earlier this summer, Mr. Malkin called it "outrageous" and "a crime" that a popular benchmark for the environmental sustainability of existing buildings didn't do enough to push landlords to improve energy efficiency. Mr. Malkin, a New York City real-estate scion well known for skirmishes over whom he honors with the Empire State Building's lights, is becoming a vocal player in a different world: the green-building movement. More
Certified Plant Supervisor prep classes added to education line-up at Facilities America
In order to help maintain its reputation as the premier education conference for facilities professionals, Facilities America has added Certified Plant Supervisor (CPS) certification review 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 Oct. 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
Northern California college to save $150 million by going 'grid positive'
Butte College in Northern California will begin generating more renewable energy next year than it uses, saving the school an estimated $150 million over the next 30 years. The Butte College Board of Trustees gave the campus the go-ahead to finish a major solar energy project next year that will push the school's generating capacity to 4.55 megawatts (DC). This will avoid more than 6.9 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions annually. More
People feel more productive, healthy in green buildings
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People think they're healthier and more productive after moving their office space into "green" buildings, according to a recent study published on the American Journal of Public Health's website. A group of researchers working with Michigan State University surveyed two groups of employees before and after moving from conventional office buildings to LEED-certified buildings in the same Michigan area. After moving to the new building, employees said they thought they called out sick less and were more productive. More
A new way to use the sun's energy
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A new type of device that uses both heat and light from the sun should be more efficient than conventional solar cells, which convert only the light into electricity. The device relies on a physical principle discovered and demonstrated by researchers at Stanford University. In their prototype, the energy in sunlight excites electrons in an electrode, and heat from the sun coaxes the excited electrons to jump across a vacuum into another electrode, generating an electrical current. The device could be designed to send waste heat to a steam engine and convert 50 percent of the energy in sunlight into electricity—a huge improvement over conventional solar cells. More
Taller ladders needed to tackle skyscrapers
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Rebuilding commenced on the scorched Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Beijing, China, amid escalating concerns over the city's skyscraper fire prevention and safety. The 30-story China Central Television hotel building that caught fire on February 9 last year killing one firefighter is 159 meters high and the blaze was created by fireworks landing on its roof. The world's tallest hydraulic fire fighting ladders reach heights of over 110 meters. Beijing's tallest ladder is over 90 meters. High-rise firefighting poses a global challenge, said a city fire department official who preferred to remain anonymous. Most of the city's skyscrapers are beyond the reach of fire department ladders. Modern skyscrapers are built using strict fire prevention designs and widely adopt fireproof materials, he said. But if a skyscraper really caught fire and the hot zone was above the reach of department ladders, the fire would be near impossible to control, he warned. More