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Integrating fire protection in building systems
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For decades, there have been demonstration projects and product developments aimed at advancing the integration of building systems. Large corporations have promoted the concepts of "smart buildings" that exhibit enhanced functionality, energy efficiency, and reduced operating expense as incentives to invest in such technologies. More

More than 70 education sessions to be offered at Facilities America in Las Vegas
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Facilities America 2011 is only weeks away, but there is still time to join thousands of other attendees at one of the country's largest FREE conferences and expos devoted to the educational and networking needs of facilities professionals. The Oct. 11-12 event, to be held in Las Vegas in conjunction with Facility Decisions Conference and Expo, will offer more than 70 education sessions highlighting energy efficiency, water and indoor air quality issues, and other major topics of interest to forward-thinking facilities professionals. With so many education sessions to choose from, and hundreds of the latest solutions to be highlighted at the Expo, you'll leave Las Vegas armed with the knowledge and fresh ideas you need to operate your high performance building more efficiently and cost-effectively. More

The building whisperer: Ready for reality TV?
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Is a television series focusing on Dave Bartlett, VP of IBM Smarter Buildings, in the works? Perhaps television audiences are not ready today—but that doesn't stop Bartlett's colleagues in the building industry from dubbing him "The Building Whisperer" for his ability to control energy, water and other resources in buildings. More

Beautiful eco-friendly buildings
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Eco-friendly buildings are the buzz in the world of sustainable energy. Architects are becoming one with certification programs such as LEED, which offers tools for those within the green building industry. More

How to measure your utility's smart grid investment quotient
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A scorecard created to help utilities evaluate their smart grid planning and investment process was released this week by the Smart Grid Research Consortium, an independent research collaborative that uses a cost-sharing approach to give electric cooperatives, municipal and other public utilities the benefits of large-scale research. More

Hybrid geothermal system considerations
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Install a hybrid geothermal heat pump system and reduce the cost of implementing geothermal heating and cooling on your building project. A hybrid system reduces the peak capacity of your ground loop, letting you install a smaller, less expensive ground heat exchanger. More

CPE Virtual Review Classes to focus on needs of busy facilities professionals
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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 to be held in conjunction with Facilities America
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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 reinforcing what they learned by attending Facilities America." 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, contact AFE by phone at 571.203.7239, or by email at More

Industrial Ethernet integrates machinery and robotics
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Manufacturers are increasingly using industrial Ethernet networks to connect human machine interfaces, controllers, distributed I/O, instruments and sensors to each other within a machine or robot, or to connect a customer's communication system and link back to the home office from the customer's site. More

See the light of day cleaning
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You opt to perform some activities during the evening — like cooling your facility during your electric company's off-peak hours — because it costs less than performing the activity during normal business hours. Cleaning, however, can actually save you if performed during the day instead of at night. More

Successful owner-contractor relationship requires a balancing act
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A globally competitive marketplace makes achieving on-time and on-budget maintenance, turnaround and construction projects more important than ever for plant owners. Maintenance departments usually have a large collection of contractors providing skilled labor, supervision, equipment and materials. More

Close-up: Utilities
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Rising demand for electricity has led utility companies to seek ways to reduce the need to invest in new generation facilities, system power purchases, and additional transmission and distribution capacity.

Part 2
Demand response plays big role in Utility Energy Incentive Programs


AFE Linked In group site posting the week
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Denny Hydrick, CFM, CPMM, President at Greater Philadelphia AFE Chapter 6, posted an invitation for his fellow facilities professionals to "join The Association for Facilities Engineering Chapter 6 — Greater Philadelphia on LinkedIn." To see this posting, or to post your own comments on the AFE LinkedIn Group site, click here.

Career opportunity of the week: Plant engineer
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Indium Corporation is seeking a highly qualified plant engineer for its operations in Clinton and Utica, New York. To learn more about this and other exciting career opportunities, visit the Career Center at
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