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Air-system awareness blowing in the wind
Consulting-Specifying Engineer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Air systems for commercial buildings and some specialty facilities, such as data centers and labs, are getting a sharp look these days from energy savers. This is happening in the field with existing buildings, in the design community, and in the regulatory arena where codes and standards are promulgated. More

What Solyndra means for solar power
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Solyndra was a U.S. solar power startup with a cool idea: cylindrical solar panels. These "capture sunlight across a 360-degree photovoltaic surface," according to the company's website, letting them convert "direct, diffuse and reflected sunlight into electricity." They're also weather-resistant, since rain falls between the tubes instead of pooling. Snow even helps them by boosting the reflected light, or albedo, from below. But despite all its engineering smarts, Solyndra failed an even more important test: economics. How did it come to this? And what does it mean for the future of U.S. solar power? More

A new, green, pre-fab building for General Electric
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A prefabricated, sustainable building is slated for construction at GE's John F. Welch Leadership Development Center, also called the Learning Center, in Ossining, N.Y. The structure comes from Project Frog, a San Francisco-based building company that develops buildings with green and smart technology and features. More

Boiler control upgrades plus regular maintenance can improve energy efficiency
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New boiler controls can provide major gains in energy efficiency, performance and safety at a much lower cost than replacing boilers. Older-generation boiler controls used mechanical linkages. With age and use, linkages wear and go out of adjustment, reducing the unit's efficiency. More

Empire State building achieves LEED Gold certification
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The Empire State Building in New York City has been awarded LEED-Gold for Existing Buildings certification, making it the most well known building in the U.S. to receive green building certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. More

Inside machines: Torque production
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A recent consulting project involved selection of electric motors and motor drives for a true articulated joint robot. One major design constraint is that the motors must be physically placed right at the articulated joints, which severely limits the physical size and weight of the motors. More

Time still left to register for Facilities America in Las Vegas
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Facilities professionals from across the country have been registering in record numbers for the combined Facilities America and Facility Decisions Conference and Expo, Oct. 11-12 at the Mirage Hotel Events Center in Las Vegas. The number of registrants for the free event is outpacing last year’s record, when nearly 2,000 participants and exhibitors attended. This year's Facilities America participants will have their choice of more than 70 free educational sessions led by the industry's most-respected experts on indoor air quality, water quality, energy efficiency, building retro-commissioning and other essential topics for today's facilities professionals. There will also be numerous networking opportunities, including the AFE Chapter Awards Ceremony, a facility tour of the world famous Fountains of Bellagio, as well as demonstrations of the latest cost-saving technologies and services. More

AFE partners with FM BENCHMARKING to offer members unique building performance solution
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AFE is working with our newest strategic partner, FM BENCHMARKING, to offer substantial discounts on the premier benchmarking system for facility owners, operators and managers. "As an AFE Strategic Partner, FM BENCHMARKING offers a comprehensive approach to the complex problem of how building operators can rate the performance their building against the performance of thousands of other similar buildings," said Wayne Carley, Ph.D., executive director of AFE. "Once that information is available, it can be used to make cost effective changes to improve performance." More

More energy worldwide being used to keep buildings cool
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A large and growing chunk of the energy mankind uses goes toward keeping our buildings cool. Worldwide, the figure is about 10 percent, but in hotter climates — the Arabian Gulf, Africa, and South Asia — that figure can be much higher. More

The facility technologist: Seeing is believing
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One of the more frustrating aspects of being a facility manager is that many of the most essential systems are hidden — inside walls, ceilings, floors and underground. There are numerous pipes, ducts, conduits, structural supports and other systems that simply are not visible to the naked eye. More

Career opportunity of the week in Tampa
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The City of Tampa is seeking a highly qualified Convention Facilities Operations Manager for its facility in Tampa, Fla. To learn more about this and other career opportunities, visit the AFE Career Center. More
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