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Facilities America Gala to feature expert on water quality
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This year's AFE Gala at Facilities America in Las Vegas will feature Janet Stout, PhD, a world renowned author and expert on Legionnaire's Disease. "Achieving Success for the Facilities Profession" is the theme of the Gala, and Dr. Stout's remarks will focus on her own experience as a scientist and how it can translate into success for facilities professionals. "Every career has ups and downs," she said, "but not everyone ends up before a congressional hearing to tell the tale. My story about our laboratory and the destruction of its treasure trove of irreplaceable microbes is an amazing tale of how life, people and even bacteria can surprise and inspire!"

Also at the AFE Gala, to be held the evening of Oct. 5, the Awards Ceremony will focus on some of the many members and Chapters who are helping transforming AFE into "the facilities professional's toolkit for success." AFE members and other facilities professionals are encouraged to attend, as are their guests.

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5 ways birds cost your facility money
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It's no surprise that birds, their droppings, and nesting materials can cause serious health risks. There have been many documented cases of humans contracting diseases in areas with bird infestations, beginning with Histoplasmosis and West Nile Virus. But the financial health risks are arguably more substantial. Some are budget line items, directly impacting return on investment (ROI) from a cost standpoint; others are opportunity costs, impacting ROI from the other side—potential lost business. None are a good move, when facilities worldwide are struggling to keep financially fit and viable among competition, the economy, and the media. More

Roofing maintenance and inspection in severe weather
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This year alone, roofs have collapsed at a store in Georgia, a manufacturing plant in Ohio, a warehouse in Maryland, a firehouse in Virginia, an ice arena in Pennsylvania and a church in North Carolina. And with hurricane season in full swing, and winter snows looming, now is a good time for facility managers to think about ways to keep their buildings off that list. Avoiding that fate isn't difficult, but it does require taking some time to set up an ongoing roof maintenance program, examining the roof when a storm is imminent, and inspecting again after the storm has passed. More

Parisian building taps metro system as a heat source
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A low-income housing building in Paris is being sustainably renovated to utilize a very unique heating system—it will be literally drawing heat from Parisian commuters in the metro. Each passenger lets out about 100 watts of energy in body heat each time they enter and wait in the subway. Couple that energy with the heat from moving and stopping trains, and the temperature in the underground railway stations is consistently higher than it is above ground. The new heating system will draw heat up from underground in much the same way that geothermal projects do, providing energy to heat the building's 17 apartments. More

Facilities America to host free facilities tour of Las Vegas Hilton
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The Las Vegas Hilton is one of the world's largest and busiest hotel and entertainment facilities. When the Daytime Emmy Awards were hosted at the Las Vegas Hilton earlier this year, it was just one of dozens of major entertainment events hosted there throughout the year. What does it take to maintain and operate a hotel with thousands of rooms, large theaters, full-service restaurants and an on-premise casino? Find out on Monday, Oct. 4, from 5-8 p.m., when AFE hosts its most exciting facility tour to date! The tour is free to members and non-members, but you must register prior to the event to reserve your place. 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? 

Making Energy Awareness Month a boon for green initiatives
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Sustainability leaders should consider sponsoring employee activities in October for Energy Awareness Month. Energy Awareness Month, created in 1991 by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), promotes energy awareness and energy savings. Increasingly, corporations, institutions, and governmental agencies are participating by launching their own internal programs. More

Sensor-controlled tower 'breathes' to save energy, eliminate office tornadoes
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A new skyscraper in Frankfurt, Germany, has been outfitted with a pressure ring façade that, quite literally, allows the building to breathe. Unlike other German towers, which are mandated by law to include windows that open, the KfW Bankengruppe office building doesn't suffer from rip-roaring winds when a casement gets thrown open—and neither does it endure the energy loss of older edifices. More

A cheaper, safer way to move natural gas
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Storing and shipping natural gas by trapping it in ice—using technology being developed by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy—could cut shipping costs for the fuel, making it easier for countries to buy natural gas from many different sources and eventually leading to more stable supplies worldwide. 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.

AFE Career Center Job of the Week
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AFE's Career Center offers hundreds of opportunities for facilities professionals seeking jobs or career advancement. As a service to our members and other facilities professionals, Weekly Headlines will be highlighting one of those jobs each week. This week, a major contractor is seeking an Energy Efficiency Professional/Energy Engineer to work onsite and support energy conservation improvements for the Air National Guard in the Midwest region (Minneapolis, MN; Duluth, MN; Milwaukee, WI; Des Moines, Iowa; or Fargo, ND).

The selected candidates will work onsite at the customer's facility and will provide comprehensive energy management services. To see this posting, or another Career Center posting, click here

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