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How old-school building management software can evolve with the times
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When you scrutinize the data points in a building, the vast majority—usually between 70 and 90 percent—are related to the building management system. The BMS has become the mainstay of building management, primarily for engineers and technicians as they analyze the specifics of particular pieces of equipment. Over the years the major manufacturers have made some modest improvements to these systems, but it's fair to say BMS technology has lagged considerably in comparison to other technologies. More

AFE urges strong support for mechanical insulation tax incentives to save jobs and the environment
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The Association for Facilities Engineering (AFE) announced strong support for a bill encouraging the use of mechanical insulation through tax and other incentives. The bill, introduced by U.S. Reps. Don Manzullo, R-Ill., and Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, along with U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Mike Johanns, R-Neb., is intended to "cut energy costs, reduce carbon emissions and put Americans back to work" according to a statement issued by the House Manufacturing Caucus. More

Engineering firms actively consolidating
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A recent survey of 93 consulting engineering firms across New York state conducted this summer by the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York to identify industry trends and issues, indicates that firms are actively acquiring other firms, primarily non-competing specialty engineering firms. More

LEED hits 10,000th commercial certification
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The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced that the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) has certified the 10,000th LEED commercial project. Created in 2000, the LEED green building program has become a global symbol of sustainable building certifying more than 1.4 million square feet of new and existing buildings every day. More

IDEAL Industries demonstrates commitment to profession by supporting AFE's Global Technical Partnership Program
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The Association for Facilities Engineering announced that IDEAL Industries, Inc., a leading manufacturer of equipment and supplies for the electrical, data communications, OEM and maintenance industries, has agreed to supply financial and expert support for AFE by becoming an AFE Global Technical Partner. "IDEAL has agreed to a major commitment to AFE and the facilities engineering and operations community," said Wayne Carley, Ph.D., executive director of the Association for Facilities Engineering. More

OSHA increases focus on workplace violence
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OSHA issued a directive on Enforcement Procedures for Investigating or Inspecting Incidents of Workplace Violence. The directive establishes uniform procedures for OSHA field staff responding to incidents and complaints of workplace violence and conducting inspections in industries considered vulnerable to workplace violence, such as health care and social service settings, and late-night retail establishments. More

Plugging the skills gap
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Even as unemployment hovers around 9 percent, many jobs in manufacturing go unfilled and a deficit in manufacturing jobs looms on the horizon. At the federal and state government level, there is confusion about how to address the problem. More

Professional Development Chair Larry Ross underscores importance of certification courses at 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 learn 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 Review Course will be held Oct. 8-10, with Facilities America starting the next day. For more information, or to determine your eligibility for the CPMM, contact AFE by phone at 571.203.7239, or click here.

Tax benefits for energy projects
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The summer of 2011 began much like any other, with pockets of scorching temperatures affecting states throughout the Midwest and Southwest and heavy rains drenching states along the East Coast. More

US building codes are saving energy
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The Climate Policy Initiative San Francisco has published Codes to Cleaner Buildings: Effectiveness of U.S. Building Energy Code, which reports on the results of the first U.S. study to measure impact of state energy codes using residential energy use data at the state level. More

Worst air quality zones in the US
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The two worst air quality zones in the U.S. — California's San Joaquin Valley and South Coast — are being targeted by the EPA for dramatic ozone air quality plans. The EPA is proposing to approve the 8-hour ozone air quality plans in these locations. More

Career center opportunity of the week: Systems control center manager
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The University of Virginia inviting applications for a Systems Control Center Manager opening at its location in Charlottesville, Virginia. More
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