NASA Goes for Energy Efficiency in New Building
from the Environmental Leader
A new $20.6 million NASA building is being hailed as the greenest-ever construction project by the federal government. The new Ames Research Center, dubbed the "Sustainability Base" by NASA, is being constructed near Moffett Field in the San Francisco Bay Area. More
Facilities America Presented by Fluor: Oct 29 - Nov 1, 2009 - Register Now!
AFE’s Facilities America Presented by Fluor is a comprehensive conference program on the latest in facilities management topics being held in conjunction with the Carolina Industrial & Facility Maintenance Show October 29 – November 1 in Greenville, SC. Click here for more information and to register.
The Shard: Vertical City Will Tower Over London
Construction has begun on the Shard, a skyscraper that will be the tallest building in Western Europe and will provide amazing views of London. The Shard was inspired by towering church spires and the masts of ships that once anchored on the Thames. The new mixed-use development is located in the heart of London Bridge Quarter and will sit adjacent to the London Bridge Station, one of the busiest train stations in London. More
Lower-cost Solar Cells to Be Printed like Newspaper, Painted on Rooftops
from Science Daily
Solar cells could soon be produced more cheaply using nanoparticle "inks" that allow them to be printed like newspaper or painted onto the sides of buildings or rooftops to absorb electricity-producing sunlight. More
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Certified Plant Engineer (CPE) Online and Classroom Review Classes Now Scheduled!
Online CPE Review: Join instructor Jim Taylor of Machinery Management Solutions for an extended review of the CPE Review Pack. This online class is double the instruction time of the traditional week-long review to allow working professionals to dedicate the appropriate time to prepare. Classes will be held from 12-2 EST. Traditional Classroom Review: To be held Sept. 19, Sept. 26, Oct. 3 and Oct. 10, 2009 in Eastern Massachusetts. For the schedule, pricing and registration, please click here. or contact Carol Lawrence at (571) 203-7238 or CLawrence@AFE.org.
Facilities Expos Offer FREE Education
Facilities Expos are regional tradeshows full of cutting-edge products, services and free educational sessions. Facilities Expos are THE annual source of solutions for building and facility engineering, management and operations. A newly added element of Facilities Expos is Managing Green Buildings. With the push to make buildings more efficient and sustainable, Facilities Expos feature GREEN solutions on the show floor and in the educational seminars. For information on upcoming Facilities Expos, Click here.
LEEDing the Economy to Sustainability
It has been fascinating to watch how quickly people respond to market forces. When gas was over four dollars a gallon, metro transit systems experienced record ridership and hybrids were on lengthening backorder. Now with our global economy in a tailspin, front lawns are being replaced with vegetable gardens and backyards are filling with chicken coops. With a probable resumption of a (more slowly) growing economy, will we see a majority of people return to more comfortable but less sustainable behaviors? More
Is There Some Light at the End of Coal's Long, Dark Tunnel?
from The New York Times
Some think that the only way to clean up coal is to stop burning it altogether. Now a handful of researchers and companies are pursuing a technology to do just that, but one that has the potential of keeping part of the nation's economy coal-fired. More
Material Matters in Green Building
There are definitely some very cool things coming down the pike in terms of materials, many of which are "available" in the market, just not at anything resembling market prices. More