New York set to become home to tallest US building
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Chicago may soon lose bragging rights as home to the tallest building U.S., making way for New York City to claim the prize. That distinction currently belongs to Chicago's Willis Tower, which is 1,450 feet high. But that skyscraper will soon be eclipsed by the 1,776-foot One World Trade Center in New York, according to Marshall Gerometta, database editor for the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat in Chicago. More
AFE Certification Programs Approved for GI Bill Reimbursement
The Association for Facilities Engineering recently announced that eligible veterans and dependents may get reimbursed for the cost of taking AFE's certification exams. Acting as the State Approving Agency, the Virginia Department of Veterans Services has approved all three AFE Certification programs—the CPMM, CPE and CPS—for reimbursement. Any applicant who is a veteran or eligible person is entitled to use GI Bill benefits to apply for reimbursement for the cost of the AFE Certification application and exam. "This is an exciting opportunity for AFE and for our veterans," said Larry Ross, Chair of the AFE Professional Development Committee. "We are pleased to be able to offer professional advancement and recognition to those who have served our country so well; facilities engineering is a career path for veterans with excellent growth potential."
For over 30 years AFE has been the exclusive provider of the industry’s most recognized and respected certification programs. The Association for Facilities Engineering offers three certifications:
• Certified Plant Engineer. The CPE is the premier certification for plant and facility engineers and managers. CPE's distinguish themselves from their peers by achieving a standard of excellence in all the disciplines of facilities engineering.
• Certified Plant Supervisor. The CPS program equips the rising supervisor with the professional skills, knowledge and confidence needed to execute and manage any situation.
Integrating lighting and HVAC retrofits
Consulting-Specifying Engineer Share
There is approximately 80 billion square-feet of commercial floor space in the United States, and this number is expected to grow to more than 100 billion square-feet by 2030, according to the Buildings Energy Data Book published by the Dept. of Energy. More than 80 percent of the commercial buildings in the United States were constructed prior to 1990. Unfortunately, there were no mandatory restrictions on energy consumption in commercial buildings until the Energy Policy Act of 1992 was passed, which made following ASHRAE 90.1-1989 mandatory. Consequently, many of these older buildings consume large amounts of electricity due to inefficient lighting and HVAC equipment. More
Visit AFE at IFMA World Workplace in Atlanta
If you're attending the IFMA World Workplace Conference this week in Atlanta, visit Booth (number 133) and learn more about what AFE is doing to provide you and other members with the "Toolkit for Facilities Success," including our certification programs, educational webinars and monthly Chapter meetings with technical networking and plant tours. AFE volunteers will be on hand at the booth to answer your questions and give you a free copy of The Facilities Engineering Journal, the leading magazine devoted to news and information for the facilities engineering, maintenance and operations community.
AFE is proud to be a part of IFMA's World Workplace Conference & Expo, an annual three-day educational and networking event focused on the future of the built environment. The World Workplace experience includes a conference focused entirely on education and an exposition incorporating product demonstration and instruction. For more information, visit their website www.worldworkplace.org.
Changing the light bulb as we know it
In late 2007, President Bush signed a federal energy bill that established energy efficiency standards for the everyday light bulb. These standards essentially retire the 130-year-old incandescent, which is so inefficient that 90 percent of the electricity it uses is wasted as heat. As there are around 4 billion screw-based sockets in the U.S., this is a really big deal. More
Analysis: Investors look beyond solar modules
Rapid growth in the U.S. solar power industry and rising share prices of panel makers have shone a spotlight on consolidation in the sector, but deals are most likely for companies that build renewable power plants or make the panels more efficient. More
4 steps to successful roofing projects
Facility managers, schools administrators and design professionals commonly report roofing problems as one of their most pressing needs and frequently cited headaches. Whether you have a handful of facilities or 22 campuses to care for, it often seems as though there are one or more roofs in need of repair or replacement each year. For school and hospital facility managers, longevity, durability, rugged performance and ease of repair are vital to roof design. To help secure the high level of performance that hospitals and schools demand, it is helpful to understand four critical components. More
AFE announces 'Year of the Volunteer'
AFE has announced that 2011 will be The Year of the Volunteer, highlighting the many ways in which volunteers have shaped the organization into a "one-stop shop" for everything a facilities engineer needs to achieve success. "AFE is a membership organization and succeeds in its mission only because volunteers generously donate their time and talent to our organization," said Laurence Gration, CEO of AFE. "A more appropriate name for Year of the Volunteer might be 'Century of the Volunteer' or 'Millennium of the Volunteer'—because AFE would not exist without the work of its volunteers." He added that Facilities America and The AFE Gala and Awards Ceremony would not have been possible without the efforts of dozens of members who volunteered at the AFE booth, taught classroom sessions, and helped out at the AFE Gala and Awards Ceremony. More
For sustainable wood, a new and unloved standard
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This week select members of the United States Green Building Council will begin casting ballots on whether to overhaul how the organization awards sustainability credits for wood products. If adopted, the standards would fundamentally alter the organization’s approach to rating forestry products. At present, only wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council qualifies for so-called LEED credits, which are used to certify a building as environmentally sustainable and assign it a rating. The new standards would open up LEED certification, an increasingly popular benchmark for responsible construction, to any timber certification system that meets a series of sustainability benchmarks. More
Twisted Wind Tower will produce renewable energy for 2000 homes
The rise in the cost of energy and the emissions associated with producing energy the conventional way has forced architects to think about next-gen buildings that can power themselves using renewable sources of energy. British architects David Arnold and Alexa Ratzlaff believe that the roof of a skyscraper is an ideal location to harness wind energy, which can be used to power the building. More
Job of the Week- Facilities Manager at Rockefeller Foundation
Think you have the skill and experience needed to work at one of the world's premiere charitable organizations? New York City's Rockefeller Foundation is looking for a Facilities Manager. More