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Going beyond the code
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It is important to note that the ASHRAE Standard 90.1 lists bare minimum requirements. Good design recommendations can go far above and beyond what is required. Such is the case with the New York Times Building, a 52-story tower with 1.5 million gross square feet. The building is a mix of both office and retail uses with open spaces and floor-to-ceiling glass walls. More

EPA to use new greenhouse gas tool
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is launching a new tool to allow 28 industrial sectors to submit their 2010 greenhouse gas pollution data electronically. Prior to being finalized, more than 1,000 stakeholders, including industry associations, states and NGOs tested the electronic GHG reporting tool to ensure clarity and user-friendliness. More

Facility Manager issue: Cutting perimeter security corners
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Confidence is a term that would seem to have a significant place in every discussion about perimeter security. But more often it is a term only associated with the drive towards hitting a budget number, not accomplishing the task of mitigating risk exposure. More

CPE Virtual Review Classes back by popular demand
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In response to numerous requests from facilities engineers who are interested in participating in AFE's Certified Plant Engineer review program, AFE has announced a new series of virtual CPE classes to be held in 2011 and 2012. The series will be led by Jim Taylor, CPMM, CPE, of Machinery Management Solutions, Inc. "We have had numerous requests for AFE's Certified Plant Engineer review program," said Jeanine Salifou, AFE Director of Professional Development. "Facilities Engineers who have successfully completed the CPE program have told us that the designation has led to job promotions, pay raises and exciting new career opportunities." Virtual CPE classes are an extended review of the material in the CPE Review Pack, and provide double the instruction time of the week long classroom review. Since the virtual review classes take place over a longer period of time than the in-person course, working professionals have adequate time to prepare for the exam. For more information, contact AFE via email at, by phone at 571.203.7239, or by clicking here.

Las Vegas Certification classes filling quickly
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Certification classes in Las Vegas are filling fast, as facilities professionals from around the country seek career success through a combination of an AFE Certification Review Course followed by a choice of more than 75 education sessions at Facilities America. "I can't think of a more time and cost effective way for facilities engineers and chief building operators to enhance their career than by becoming AFE certified in Las Vegas and then attending Facilities America education sessions to reinforce what they learned in the certification classes," said Larry Ross, CPE, CPMM, chair of the AFE Professional Development Committee and Senior Director of Engineering for Erickson Living. The Certified Plant Maintenance Manager and the Certified Plant Supervisor Review Courses will be held Oct. 8-10, and Facilities America starts the next day. For more information, or to determine your eligibility for the CPMM and the CPS, click here or contact AFE by phone at 571.203.7239, or by email at More

Germany's double-skinned ARCA-Regler facility is powered by geothermal energy
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When valve manufacturers ARCA-Regler purchased a plot of land in a residential neighborhood in Germany, they set about planning an office and production facility that wouldn't intrude on the local architecture. More

Machine safety: Are you prepared for the new standard?
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Outside the issue of machine defects that could render a piece of equipment unsafe to operate, the ultimate responsibility for machine safety has historically rested with the end user. More

Kroger company bakery saves energy using compressed air applications
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Beginning with founder Barney Kroger's decision to be the first U.S. grocer to incorporate bakery goods manufacturing, The Kroger Company has maintained a tradition of exploring alternative solutions to increase operational efficiency, performance and reduce cost. Recently, The Kroger Company's Indianapolis bakery identified the use of compressed air in a blow-off and conveyor gap transfer as a major source of energy loss. More

To excel, change perspective
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Through involvement in engineering and other associations, young engineers can become more aware of the world around them and how to interact with it. More

Ultra-green office building breaking ground
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Workers are digging a hole on Seattle's Capitol Hill for a new office building unlike any commercial structure the planet's ever seen before. You want green? There's never been anything greener. 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, Ph.D., 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.
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