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Standard 90.1-2007 established as national reference standard for federal, commercial buildings by Department of Energy
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Commercial buildings, including federal and high-rise residential buildings, must now meet requirements in ASHRAE/IESNA's 2007 energy efficiency standard, under recent rulings issued by the United States Department of Energy that find the standard saves more energy than the 2004 version. More

General window maintenance tips: What to look for
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Why do windows need regular maintenance? Consider the environment in which windows function. They are subject to extreme temperature differences — as much as 75 degrees or more. The weather may be extremely dry for part of the year, then wet and humid. Windows must withstand high winds and exposure to ultraviolet light. More

Back to basics: Relearning terms, concepts for process control
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Process control terms vary according to engineering discipline and industry. A common vocabulary and better understanding of process control fundamentals make teams and communications more efficient and effective. More

Benchmarking: Understanding building performance
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Imagine trying to get directions without knowing the starting address. Or assembling a competitive sports team without holding tryouts to rank and compare athletes. Or even attempting to lose weight without stepping on a scale to figure out how much you weigh now. More

Computerized maintenance management software cuts maintenance costs, increases profits
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In the world of plant operations, CMMS normally stands for "Computerized Maintenance Management Software." Those letters, however, could also be the acronym for "Cutting More Maintenance Spending" because CMMS does, in fact, reduce maintenance costs. More

Drought harming buildings, pipes in Austin, Texas
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The drought and extreme heat are wreaking havoc on Central Texas infrastructure, commercial and residential buildings, and their landscapes. With water pipes bursting, home foundations sinking and plants dying, real estate agents report cracking walls and failing air conditioners. More

Google pushes for greener buildings, leads by example
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Google has taken to its public blog to talk about the company's focus on building greener, more sustainable workplaces for its employees. The company is involved in several green initiatives, including energy and water audits, the use of green building materials, and competitive programs that pit teams against each other to become the greener office. More

Know the newest lighting code
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Lighting accounts for a major portion of the energy use in commercial buildings and is, in fact, the largest consumer of electricity. As such, reductions in lighting energy use alone can have a major impact in electricity consumption. 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

AFE partners with FM BENCHMARKING to offer members unique building performance solution
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AFE is working with our newest strategic partner, FM BENCHMARKING, to offer substantial discounts on the premier benchmarking system for facility owners, operators and managers. "As an AFE Strategic Partner, FM BENCHMARKING offers a comprehensive approach to the complex problem of how building operators can rate the performance their building against the performance of thousands of other similar buildings," said Wayne Carley, executive director of AFE. "Once that information is available, it can be used to make cost effective changes to improve performance."

Peter Kimmel, AIA, who has decades of experience in facilities management benchmarking and is one of the two Principals of FM BENCHMARKING, said the approach of his Bethesda, Md.,-based company is far different from other benchmarking solutions. "With FM BENCHMARKING, you evaluate specific aspects of your building performance using filters and compare them to buildings that are similar in type and size to your own," he said.

Ross reiterates importance of AFE Certification, encourages participation in Las Vegas certification sessions
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In a recent interview with The Facilities Engineering Journal, Larry Ross, CPE, CPMM, chair of the AFE Professional Development Committee and senior director of engineering for Erickson Living, underscored the importance of AFE Certification programs in the changing world of high performance building systems. "With new, more energy efficient and sustainable building systems and techniques available every day, it is more important than ever for facilities engineers and operations and maintenance professionals to demonstrate they have the skills, education and training necessary to successfully operate today's high tech facilities by becoming AFE Certified," he said. He encouraged those attending Facilities America to consider the Certified Plant Maintenance Manager and the Certified Plant Supervisor Review Courses to be held Oct. 8-10, in conjunction with Facilities America. For more information or to determine your eligibility for the CPMM and the CPS, click here or contact AFE (phone 571.203.7239, email More
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