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Rainwater catchment systems standard created
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The American Society of Plumbing Engineers and the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association have signed an agreement to jointly develop and publish an ARCSA/ASPE consensus standard for rainwater catchment systems. More

Only one week before Facilities America in Las Vegas, but still time to register
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Facilities professionals from around the world have registered in record numbers for the Facilities America Conference, to be held in conjunction with the Facility Decisions Conference and Expo from Oct. 11-12 at the Mirage Hotel Events Center in Las Vegas. The combined events will offer attendees their choice of more than 70 FREE educational sessions which will be led by the industry experts, networking events (including the AFE Awards Ceremony and a facility tour of the world-famous Fountains of Bellagio), and previews of the latest time and energy saving technologies and services from hundreds of vendors. Register today for Facilities America! More

Celebrate with AFE at the 2011 AFE Chapter Award Reception in Las Vegas
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Join AFE for the social event of the season — the AFE Chapter Awards Reception at Facilities America in Las Vegas. Who will take home the coveted prizes for best chapter activities? What special awards are planned by our sponsors? Find out at the star-studded reception, to be held Oct. 11, 6:00-7:30 p.m. EST at the Mirage Hotel and Conference Center. Our guest speaker will give an inspiring message about career success and your goals. And of course there will be food, drink and — most important of all — networking with friends and colleagues. More

AFE to offer members a behind-the-scenes facilities tour of the world-famous Fountains of the Bellagio and Bellagio Central Plant
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Members of The Association for Facilities Engineering will be offered rare access to two of the world's greatest facilities marvels at Facilities America in Las Vegas: a free guided facilities tour of the Fountains of the Bellagio and the facility's Central Plant. The guided tour of the Fountain Show at Lago Bellagio will give you a behind-the-scenes look at a lake of more than 8.5 acres, containing 22.5 million gallons of water and 1,214 Water Emitting Devices that rocket water 460 feet into the sky at 500 PSI. The Bellagio Central Plant features nine Caterpillar Generators at 1750 killowatts each, 10 York Chillers 1325 tons each, 13,250 tons of air conditioning and nine cooling towers in the main plant. Space is limited. Reserve today for the tour to be held Oct. 11 from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. More

FM BENCHMARKING to offer demonstrations at Facilities America
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FM BENCHMARKING will offer free demonstrations of their advanced benchmarking system for facility owners, operators and managers, at the AFE Booth. "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 improve performance and cut operational expenses." More

Phoenix-area projects reuse resources to help development, expansion
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In Chandler, Ariz., worn conveyor belts, recycled tires and chunks of city sidewalk helped turn a landfill into a city park. In Phoenix, the old equipment mezzanine at the Santa Fe Freight Depot became the centerpiece for the headquarters of the Maricopa County Assessor's Office. More

Energy efficiency: Open, modular control system cuts waste, adds throughput
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In the food and beverage industries, it's not uncommon to find control systems that are proprietary and difficult for the end-user customer to maintain. A major U.S. meat processor needed to replace a control system for eight parallel material handling and storage processes at one of its plants and wanted build a nonproprietary, open system that could easily be maintained. More

Small wind power is gaining in popularity
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Although widespread interest in wind energy may be relatively new, the technology found in modern wind turbines has been more than three decades in the making. More

Toilet tales: How can a commode go kaboom?
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The news of an exploding toilet at the General Services Administration building in Washington, D.C., will likely be a running joke for the next day or so. But it's no joke that in some buildings, the toilet really can explode. More

UK Government says: 'Prepare buildings for global warming'    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Green lobbyists have welcomed a move by the United Kingdom government to future-proof the built environment against global warming. The Climate Change Risk Assessment, to be published by the government this winter, will call on builders and homeowners to prepare their properties for heat, floods and water shortages, as part of a new approach to climate change that accepts rises in temperature are inevitable. More

Virtual building audit spots energy savings
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Big data meets green buildings: FirstFuel analyzes utility and weather data to generate a profile of energy use and efficiency recommendations without having to install equipment or perform an energy audit. Now there's an app to tell you how to make commercial buildings more energy efficient. More

New solutions address arc flash energy reduction
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Ideally, work on an electrical system can be 100 percent safe only if that system is totally de-energized while work is being performed. In many instances, such as in the "process" industries where facilities are required to operate continuously, a totally de-energized system may not always be possible for these situations. More

AFE LinkedIn Group posting of the week
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The posting of the week comes from Talisa Thomas-Hall, AFE Senior Director of Membership and Operations, who wrote: "Today is the perfect day to JOIN AFE! Save $30 off Membership Dues." More
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