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US Army steps up requirements for green building, lighting
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Cool roofs, solar water heating and advanced metering are among the energy efficiency elements that are to be incorporated into new permanent Army buildings in the U.S. and abroad. Starting in fiscal year 2013, designs for new construction and major renovations are to incorporate the sustainable design and development principles contained in the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers Standard 189.1. More

Case Studies: Sound Masking

Moving your employees from enclosed offices to a primarily open-plan space? Pursuing LEED® credits for your facility and concerned about the impact that green choices will have on acoustics? See how two companies successfully solved their speech privacy and noise concerns by installing the LogiSon sound masking system.

Maintaining 'the little city within a city'
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Even in the best of times, maintaining a large urban university is no easy task. In the case of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., there are more than 12,000 students to feed, house and educate. Aside from classroom buildings and residence halls, Georgetown's facilities include 70 off-campus student resident townhouses, priceless oil paintings in various buildings on campus, and a recycling center that processes 60-70 tons of material each month. How can the university reduce costs and increase efficiency—and at the same time remain environmentally conscious in Georgetown's collective move toward sustainability? More

US building codes officials deliver historic improvement in energy efficiency
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More than 500 U.S. state and local code officials voted on changes to the nation's model energy code to achieve energy savings of 30 percent relative to the 2006 model code. The new 2012 International Energy Conservation Code meets the 30 percent savings goal sought by the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National Association of State Energy Officials, governors, lawmakers and the broad-based Energy Efficient Codes Coalition. More

Certified Plant Maintenance Manager review program schedule in New York City area
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Earn your CPMM in this in-person training course from December 6-8, 2010 in Plainview, Long Island, New York—easily accessible to all of the New York City Metropolitan area. Limited space available. More

How to Select a Sound Masking System

When selecting a sound masking system, you should consider the following features, which can significantly impact its effectiveness and long-term benefits, as well as the comfort of workplace occupants. There are a number of products available today and their performance varies dramatically in each of these areas. MORE

Elevator buttons more germ-laden than toilet seats
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Facility managers should instruct cleaning staff to put extra elbow grease on elevator buttons. A recent study found that elevator buttons are a bigger culprit of disease formation than toilet seats. The Med Guru reports that University of Arizona researchers found 313 units of bacteria on each square centimeter of elevator buttons. Toilet seats had only eight colony forming units on the same surface area. The use of elevators could be a culprit in spreading E-coli, Staphylococcus aureus and MRSA. More

First public comment opens for next update of LEED®
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The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) opened up the proposed update to the LEED® green building rating system for its first public comment. The public comment period, which will close on Dec. 31, 2010, is the next step in the continuous improvement process and the on-going development cycle of the LEED program. More

No more power lines?
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Abundant solar and wind power lies across America's vast plains and deserts, but getting that distant renewable energy to cities without wrecking vistas and raising lawsuits over transmission lines is a sizable hurdle for green-leaning utility companies. Thousands of miles of towering electrical lines will be needed before big alternative energy projects can take hold. Yet such power lines portend years of legal snarls over the not-in-my-backyard problem. More

Colorado capitol to receive energy overhaul
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A drilling rig at the state capitol is tapping into a valuable natural resource: Earth-cooled water. The geothermal system will draw a steady supply of 55-degree water from an aquifer 860-feet below to heat and cool the air that is pumped throughout the capitol. The current ventilation system uses steam and chilled water produced with coal, natural gas and electricity, so program managers expect the energy savings to add up quickly. More

AFE webinar presented by the AFE Maintenance Council
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Join presenter Terry Wireman On Nov. 18, 2010, at 12:30pm EST for a dynamic presentation about critical factors to success in today's facilities environment. Free to AFE members! More

Job of the Week: Operations and Maintenance Supervisor
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Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York is seeking a highly-qualified, full-time Operations and Maintenance Supervisor See this and other great career opportunities here.

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