A Green Amenity, Above It All
from The New York Times
Office landlords have increasingly been wooing prospective tenants in recent years by marketing their buildings as environmentally friendly. Typically, these buildings are energy-efficient or recycle water. But even in these buildings, one environmental feature has been rare: a green roof. More
Facilities America: Two Days of Education + AFE Chapter Awards!
Featuring over 20 educational tracks focused on technical issues and sustainability topics for facilities professionals. Learn about the latest technologies, best practices, products and services for optimum facilities operations. AFE Chapter Awards will be presented on Friday, Oct. 30! Click here for more information and to register.
Two Million or More U.S. Buildings Could Benefit From Lighting System Upgrades, National Lighting Bureau Says
from Sustainable Facility
More than 2.2 million of the nation's 2.7 million older (pre-1980) commercial buildings have been using the same lighting for the past three decades, the National Lighting Bureau reports, citing data published by the Department of Energy's (DoE's) Energy Information Administration (EIA). The Bureau estimates that 3 million or more commercial and other nonresidential buildings are candidates for money- and energy-saving lighting-system upgrades. More
World's Tallest Tower Moves Closer to Completion
from The Associated Press
The developer building the world's tallest skyscraper in Dubai says cladding work on the shiny silver-colored tower's outside is complete. Completion of the aluminum and glass facade marks a key milestone for Emaar Properties, which is racing to meet a self-imposed deadline to have the Burj Dubai complete by the end of the year. More
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New AFE Webinar October 13: Maintenance Metrics
This session, presented by the AFE Maintenance Council, will cover typical maintenance metrics and how to use those metrics to drive success. Included is understanding how to use and present meaningful metrics to the entire organization in order to drive reliability. Tuesday, October 13, 2009 from 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Please click here to register.
AGC Unveils Comprehensive Plan to Revive the Construction Industry
from Building Design & Construction
The Associated General Contractors of America unveiled a new plan today designed to revive the hardest hit sector of the economy, the nation’s construction industry. The plan, “Build Now for the Future: A Blueprint for Economic Growth,” is designed to reverse predictions that construction activity will continue to shrink through 2010, crippling broader economic growth. More
Certified Plant Engineer (CPE) Online and Classroom Review Classes Now Scheduled!
Online CPE Review: Join instructor Jim Taylor of Machinery Management Solutions for an extended review of the CPE Review Pack. This online class is double the instruction time of the traditional week-long review to allow working professionals to dedicate the appropriate time to prepare. Classes will be held from 12-2 EST. Traditional Classroom Review: To be held Nov. 14, Nov. 21, Dec. 5 and Dec. 12,
2009 in Eastern Massachusetts.
For the schedule, pricing and registration, please click here. or contact Carol Lawrence at (571) 203-7238 or CLawrence@AFE.org.
2014 Winter Olympic Stadium by Populous Will Have Crystalline Skin
Populous, a new venture recently spun-off from leading sustainable architecture firm HOK has unveiled its design for the stadium that will be the epicenter of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Although the plans are still hazy, the project will feature several sustainable factors including a shimmering crystalline skin. More
Benchmarking for Your Facility
AFE is researching a benchmarking tool to offer as part of a member benefits package and we need your feedback! This benchmarking tool will help you identify the cost and consumption metrics for your facility, and then provide comparisons for similar facilities. Based on the comparison, you will be able to identify the best way for you to improve your metrics. AFE needs to know what areas are most important for you to track - Utility consumption? Maintenance? Custodial/Security? Operating Expenses? Sustainability?
To take the survey, please click here.
NASA Opens Doors to New LEED-Gold Building
The NASA Goddard Space Flight Center cut the ribbon on the space administration’s newest LEED building -- a green building with a white roof and black walls in labs. Constructed in less than two-and-a-half years, the three-story Exploration Sciences Building has a roof that is designed to reflect heat and a large skylight atop a centralized staircase to bring in a lot of natural light.