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'How to recession-proof your career' education session at Facilities America
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Looking for ways to find career security in tough economic times? Mike Cowley, an AFE Certified Plant Maintenance Manager, will lead an education session on the subject at the combined Facilities America Conference and Facilities Decisions Expo. "We all can agree the nation is in a recession," Mike said recently,"and we could spend hours debating how the nation got into this mess. But the real question is: What does the current economic situation mean for your career?" To attend this educational session—one of more than 70 free eduational sessions to be held at Facilities America—click here.

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The Parker Water & Sanitation District facilities, located in Denver, Colorado, lies within an area of cottonwood trees that let loose their white fluffy seedlings, clogging the facility’s HVAC roof-top unit air intakes. With the help of PreVent® Air Intake Filters, they ware able to reduce HVAC maintenance, system downtime and filter change-outs by almost two-thirds and saved thousands of dollars. Try Your 1st Filter FREE!

Giving GSA retrofits more bang for the stimulus buck
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It's no secret that the U.S. federal government owns a lot of buildings that are in need of renovation. But the good news is while buildings are updated for greater comfort, aesthetics and function, efficiency upgrades can be added to the list. Recently, energy efficiency has been elevated to top priority for government-owned buildings, due to both ambitious federal goals and mandates (e.g., the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and the National Energy Conservation Policy Act) requiring facility energy intensity reduction and renewable energy use increase. More

Gala and awards ceremony to feature expert on legionnaire's disease, water quality
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The AFE Gala and Awards Ceremony, to be held Oct. 5 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Las Vegas Country Club, will feature Janet Stout, PhD, a world renowned author and expert on Legionnaire's Disease and water quality issues. Dr. Stout's remarks will focus on her own experience as a scientist 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!" More

At World Trade Center site, progress at last
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Redevelopment of Lower Manhattan's World Trade Center site has been beset with problems: design changes, funding problems and political squabbling. And there wasn't even much to see at the site for nearly a decade, save for the tops of cranes and a few rumbling trucks, as a tall fence wrapped the perimeter. But nine years after the Sept. 11, attacks, there finally are tangible signs of progress. A memorial and a tree-filled plaza will be completed next year, in time for the 10th anniversary. The museum will open in 2012. And the steel framing of One World Trade Center—now at 36 stories—is clearly visible above the fence. 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? 

Transforming technologies
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It's hardly surprising that facility managers would be among the first professionals to recognize the value of having their buildings designed, built, and operated using the Building Information Modeling (BIM) method. In part due to the slumping economy, fms are extremely concerned with how to operate and maintain their buildings more efficiently in order to save money. In fact, many architecture, engineering, and contractor (AEC) companies that use BIM today indicate client demand drove them to adopt the technology. Because of this, BIM has quickly become the method of choice for AEC consultants who want to serve fms and their high performance sites. More

Building meets zero target
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The Zero Energy Building (ZEB) in South-East Asia has lived up to its name, nearly one year into operation. It has achieved zero power consumption—and a surplus of 16.3 MWh (megawatts/hour) of electricity. This translates into savings of about S$3,900 per month for 35 units of HDB five -room flats at residential electricity tariffs at 24.13cents/kWh. A super-energy efficient building, the ZEB, located at the BCA Academy in Braddell, is the first existing building in South-East Asia to be fully retrofitted with green building design features and technologies. More

AFE Certification Classes to be held in conjunction with Facilities America
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AFE has announced that Certification classes will be held from Oct. 2-5 to coincide with the Facilities America Conference in Las Vegas. Participants in the Certified Plant Supervisor (CPS) and Certified Plant Maintenance Manager (CPPM) preparation classes will be able to obtain certification and still have the opportunity to join their colleagues at Facilities America from Oct. 5-6.

A recent survey showed facilities professionals with AFE Certification earn an average of $7,000 more each year than those without certification.

How to Specify a Sound Masking System

While every sound masking system fulfills the basic function of introducing a background sound into a facility, their overall performance can vary dramatically. A well-constructed specification focusing on the qualities necessary for comfort and effectiveness is essential to ensuring the technology selected meets the client’s current and future requirements. MORE

Dubai may have to knock down buildings constructed during boom
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A glut of vacant office space is continuing to spiral, despite the economic crisis, thanks to the forests of new tower blocks started by developers as the boom reached it peak in 2007, researchers said. With some "holes in the ground" awaiting further development already being filled in, further radical solutions to the problem are needed, said the authors, researching for the property firm Jones Lang LaSalle. More

Energy efficiency sleuths uncover $350 million in savings
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Consider these numbers: $350 million in net operating savings over the project lifetimes, 400,000 metric tons of annual greenhouse gas emissions, and more than 650 million kilowatt hours of electricity. These are the astonishing savings unearthed by 51 EDF Climate Corps fellows working at Fortune 1000 companies this summer. More

Job of the Week: Energy analysis / auditor in New York
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Each week, as a service to AFE members and the facilities professionial community, the AFE Career Center highlights one of the hundreds of jobs posted on our website. This week, an international multidisciplinary consulting engineering practice is expanding and looking for a Building Energy Analysis / Auditor to join their New York team. More

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