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Doing more while using less power
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Energy efficiency is a way to meet the world's growing energy needs, just like building more power plants—except that it costs less, emits no carbon dioxide or radiation, and does not rely on scarce resources in potentially hostile places. Efficiency is often confused, detrimentally, with conservation. Conservation connotes making do with less—turning down the heat or driving a smaller car. Efficiency means getting more for your money. For example, California's 35 years of efficiency standards for appliances have created refrigerators that use 75 percent less electricity than models from the 1970s. Yet today's refrigerators are larger, have more features and cost less in inflation-adjusted dollars. More

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Spotlighting the green benefits of LEDs
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The capability to provide artificial sunlight has dramatically expanded the boundaries of time and space, adding hours to the day when we may see and illuminating where sunlight was unable to penetrate. Since the first humans carried a torch to provide light, heat has been a by-product of producing light. Traditional electric lights continue to give off more heat than light. An incandescent light bulb uses a paltry 10 percent of its energy to create light. Fluorescent lighting—which has been the green standard in energy efficiency—still wastes nearly half of the electricity it consumes in generating heat. All of this lost energy is significant considering that lighting devours more than a quarter of a typical commercial building's electricity, as reported by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. More

Facilities America education sessions to focus on ways to keep buildings efficient, safe and eco-friendly
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Education sessions at the Facilities America Conference, to be held Oct. 5-6 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, will focus on topics that last year’s participants said they want to learn most about: how to keep facilities 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

Building retrofits need an extreme makeover
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The energy efficiency retrofit industry for public buildings is relatively well developed worldwide compared to the private building retrofit industry. It is a large market in the United States, with annual revenues for energy service companies in the vicinity of U.S. $4 billion. However, long-term energy efficiency and carbon mitigation targets worldwide will rely heavily on improving the efficiency of the entire building stock. Public buildings represent only about a quarter of the total commercial building stock in the United States, and retrofits have barely begun to touch the private building stock. More

Europe saying goodbye to the light bulb
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Last week marked the end for the 75-watt incandescent light bulb for European consumers, the European Parliament announced. The 100-watt light bulb was phased out in 2009 and last Wednesday marked the end of the 75-watt versions. The European Parliament said the light bulbs would remain on store shelves while supplies last. More

#1 Complaint in Green Buildings

What’s the number one complaint in green buildings? Poor acoustics. Post occupancy surveys show that respondents are dissatisfied with being able to overhear others talking, as well as with their own level of speech privacy. And over 50 percent state that noise hinders their work. What can you do? 
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Low-carbon market to treble by 2020: HSBC
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The world's low-carbon energy market is likely to treble by 2020, HSBC analysts forecast, saying that rising concerns about resource scarcity would support broad consensus on the threat of climate change. The electric vehicle market would benefit most, growing more than 20 times by 2020 to reach $473 billion, said HSBC's "Sizing the climate economy" report. Climate policy has faced headwinds including faltering U.N.climate talks to agree a post-2012 successor to the Kyoto Protocol and repeated Senate setbacks to a U.S. climate bill. But mounting pressure on land, water and energy as a result of growth in emerging economies and world population will add momentum towards a more efficient "climate economy", the bank said. More

On the horizon, a new Manhattan skyline
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New York City's approval of an office tower near the Empire State Building is the latest reminder that New York is poised for one of its biggest waves of skyscraper development in decades—provided the economy cooperates. Developers are readying two residential towers that will rise above most of Midtown. The massive mixed-use development planned west of Penn Station would transform Manhattan's skyline as viewed from New Jersey. Downtown, the transformation is already happening, with the warped, metallic skin of Frank Gehry's Beekman Tower looming over the neighborhood around City Hall and, at Ground Zero, 1 World Trade Center already rising to 36 stories. More

Hot topic: Cool roofs
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It's well-established that a black or dark-colored car will absorb and trap more heat than a lighter-colored; anyone who's dared to venture into a black car that's been sitting in the summer sun has certainly experience this "oven effect". Similarly, a building's roof acts the same way, maintaining lower temperatures by utilizing a surface that reflects sunlight and emits heat much more efficiently than a roof with a darker color or little reflectivity. Enter the cool roof, which is a roof designed to keep a lower temperature in the sun. The benefits of a cool roof can literally pay off in reduced energy costs, as air conditioning needs decrease, and possibly extend the life of the roof by minimizing harmful sun exposure. More

Certified Plant Supervisor prep classes added to education line-up at Facilities America
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In order to help maintain its reputation as the premier education conference for facilities professionals, Facilities America has added Certified Plant Supervisor 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.
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