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AFE Weekly Headlines

Skyscraper gathers own heat to help fuel growth
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Vornado Realty Trust, the largest owner of office property in the Pennsylvania Station area in New York City, is set to cut the ribbon on the city's largest power cogeneration plant. Three yellow engines the size of small locomotives have been installed in the building. For the past month, they have been pumping out 6.2 megawatts of energy an hour, or enough to fulfill half of the energy needs of Vornado Realty Trust's 57-story skyscraper. 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.

Millions of football fans left in dark during Giants-Cowboys game, underscoring importance of America's facilities professionals
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The importance of America's facilities engineering, maintenance and operations professional was underscored on Sunday when nearly 81,000 people sat in total darkness for a few seconds at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The power outage brought Sunday's game between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants to a halt.

"Thanks to America's facilities engineers, incidents like this are extremely rare," said Laurence Gration, CEO of The Association for Facilities Engineering (AFE), an organization dedicated to promoting the careers of facilities professionals. "But without proper training, procedures and fully-funded maintenance budgets, AFE believes that incidents like this one would be much more common—and would take far longer to correct when they inevitably do occur."

Many organizations are quick to cut funding for building maintenance and operations, but Gration said such cost-cutting is likely to cause incidents like the one at the Giants football stadium—"although in most cases on a much smaller scale than at Meadowlands Stadium."

LEED® revision tightens energy-efficiency standards with new credits, categories
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The first of two public comment sessions opened last week on changes proposed for the U.S. Green Building Council's rating system for sustainable and energy-efficient buildings. The update to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED®, rating system will build upon a 2009 revision. The proposed changes, put together by USGBC's technical advisory committees, include three new credit categories and a variety of reworked and new credits and prerequisites. They touch each of the rating system's sections, including building design and construction, operations and maintenance, and LEED for homes. 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

Power grid of the future saves energy
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Green energy also comes out of the electricity socket, but to get there it has to travel a long journey—from wind turbines in the North Sea or regional solar, wind and biogas power plants. On the way to the consumer, lots of energy is lost. New electronic components will change things in future. 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 Dec. 6-8, 2010, in Plainview, Long Island, New York—easily accessible to all of the New York City Metropolitan area. Limited space available. More

Services & maintenance: Sustaining carpet is a journey
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As more sustainable carpets are introduced on the market, choosing such products may eventually become commonplace for facility professionals. However, in making the decision to "buy green," facility managers face several components in the process. It just doesn't begin and end with buying the product. Properly selecting, maintaining, and recycling this type of carpet are all essential elements. Doing these things can extend its life cycle as well as have a positive impact on the environment. More

New energy: Climate change and sustainability shape a new era
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Climate change and sustainability will shape a new era in which renewable sources such as solar power will ultimately replace oil. A solar plant near Seville, Spain, uses mirrors to concentrate the sun's rays on to towers where they produce steam to drive a turbine, producing electricity. More

Solar arrays do double-duty
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A startup called Cogenra Solar recently installed a bank of solar arrays with a difference at a northern California winery. The arrays combine conventional photovoltaic solar cells with a system for collecting waste heat. This produces electricity for lighting and bottling equipment, and creates hot water that can be used for washing tanks and barrels. More

Job posting of the week
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California State University is seeking a highly-qualified Building Service Engineer for its Fresno, California campus. To view this and hundreds of other job postings, click here.

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