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Sensors use building's electrical wiring as antenna
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Wireless sensors scattered throughout a building can monitor everything from humidity and temperature to air quality and light levels. This seems like a good idea—until you consider the hassle and cost of replacing the sensors' batteries every couple of years. The problem is that most wireless sensors transmit data in a way that drains battery power. More

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Water and pipe solutions company DiHydro joins AFE as Global Technical Partner and sponsor of Facilities America
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Laurence Gration, CEO of AFE, announced yesterday that DiHydro Services, Inc.—a company which has been providing solutions for pipe and water disinfection problems for 71 years—has joined AFE as a Global Technical Partner and sponsor of Facilities America.

"By partnering with AFE, DiHydro is demonstrating its commitment to AFE's educational, networking and information sharing programs—and to the broader facilities engineering community," said Laurence Gration, CEO of AFE. "DiHydro has a strong reputation among facilities professionals for providing creative and cost-effective solutions for their clients. We are pleased to have them as part of the AFE." DiHydro is experienced in Legionella disinfection and control, and solving water quality and piping system problems for:
    • Hospitals
    • Schools
    • Commercial Buildings
    • Apartment Complexes
    • Industrial Buildings

DiHydro Services, Inc offers facility managers alternative solutions to costly pipe/piping system. Replacement and associated expenses without breaking into walls, moving employees or staff while using only green technology and products (digital x-ray, miniature inspection robots, fiber optics, ultra sound, eddy-current, etc.)

DiHydro specializes in stopping leaks, restoring flows in galvanized, copper, steel or iron pipe.
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Dan Hutchins to offer expertise at "Ask the Expert" program
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Dan Hutchins, president of DiHydro Services, has accepted an invitation to participate in the "Ask the Expert" program at Facilities America, Oct. 5-6, in Las Vegas. Hutchins will draw on his decades of experience solving water quality issues to answer questions from AFE members about their facility's pipe and water disinfection problems. To sign up for an "Ask the Expert" session and discuss your facility's challenges with Hutchins, or another facilities maintenance and operations professional participating in the "Ask the Expert" program, click here.

Efficient lighting becomes a business priority, study says
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With growing concerns about energy use, building professionals say efficient lighting has become business priority and that increasingly they are turning to LEDs as a solution, a new survey found. The inaugural lighting survey conducted for Osram Sylvania showed that 81 percent of the 350 building and lighting professionals queried said they are more focused on energy efficiency. Seventy-three percent said they are already using or plan to use LED lighting in their commercial facilities More

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Global wind power capacity may rival nuclear within 4 years, GWEC says
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Installed power capacity from wind turbines around the world will probably rival the potential generation of electricity from nuclear plants within four years, the Global Wind Energy Council said. Installed wind capacity by 2014 will probably reach 400 gigawatts, Steve Sawyer, secretary general of the council, said in an e-mailed statement. Current nuclear power capacity is about 376 gigawatts, according to the World Nuclear Association. More

Solar energy surging in Italy, outpacing US
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Italy is in the midst of a solar surge, outpacing the United States and coming in second only to solar powerhouse Germany in the push to install new projects. The Mediterranean country's solar boom is likely to continue for the next several years, thanks to recently adopted changes to its feed-in tariff scheme and a new national authorization process for solar projects. In the meantime, the U.S. solar industry says implementing similar policies stateside could propel domestic solar growth, and federal, state and municipal lawmakers are pushing to get such rules on the books. More

Building owners a driving force in green design, retrofitting
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While designing to LEED® standards with innovative materials and configurations has taken hold in North America, there's still a long way to go before we reach the levels of sustainable design, construction and operation in jurisdictions like Europe. Designing and building alone is not enough, say those involved. More

8 mega architectures that never were
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Not every tall skyscraper that's drawn up by a talented architect manages to leap off the page as easily as the Empire State Building. For some reason or another, most buildings remain little more than concepts on a blueprint. Here are some building designs that stand out among the rejects. More

Deadline approaching for AFE Certification classes in Las Vegas
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You must act now to register for Certification classes to be held Oct. 2-5, in conjunction with 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.
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