Companies More Likely Than Ever to Invest in Efficiency Retrofits, Study Says
Seventy-four percent of corporate real estate executives now say they would be willing to pay a premium to retrofit the office space they own to achieve sustainability goals, a new survey has found. More
Facilities Engineering Journal Now Online
The electronic edition of Facilities Engineering Journal, Nov/Dec 2009, is now available! This issue focuses on the financial impact of equipment inventories; reasons for renting equipment over buying; averting common causes of generator failure; a first-person perspective from an AFE Member, and much more.
Philadelphia's Comcast Center is the Tallest LEED Certified Building in the U.S.
from Green Diary
While Taipei 101 was anticipated to be the world's tallest green building, Philadelphia's Comcast Center has emerged to the fore to take home that laurel. Though it's not the world's tallest, it still earned a Gold certification for LEED-CS (Core & Shell) and became the tallest LEED certified building in the U.S. More
AFE Corporate Partners Support Facilities Engineering Education
AFE’s Global Technical Partners play a direct and significant role in promoting the personal and professional success of AFE members. Their support allows AFE to offer ongoing training and education, certification courses and other valuable technical resources AFE members need to deal with everyday issues on the job. Not surprisingly, the majority of AFE members and certified professionals indicate they’re more likely to do business with an AFE Global Technical Partner than their competitors. To learn how to become an AFE Global Technical Partner and reach more than 40,000 facilities professionals, please contact Jane Jacobs at JJacobs@AFE.org or (571) 203-7235.
Building Surge in Emerging Markets Tipped
from The Financial Times
AConstruction output in emerging markets will overtake the developed world within a decade, with China expected to outstrip both Europe and the U.S. by 2018, according to a new report. Spain, where a construction bubble burst along with the global financial crisis, will see output decline on average between now and 2014. More
Hospital Adopts UVC for Infection Control, Green Energy Savings
Muskogee Community Hospital (Muskogee, Oklahoma), a model of green healthcare design, is using Steril-Aire UVC Emitters facility-wide in an innovative infection control strategy. "We are hopeful that UVC technology will help us to record some of the lowest infection rates in the country by keeping bacteria and other microbes continuously in check," reports MCH president Mark Roberts. More Info.
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. 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.
Britain Looks to Nuclear Energy Future
from ABC News
The British government has announced a massive expansion of the country's nuclear energy capabilities. Energy and Climate Secretary Ed Miliband says 10 new nuclear energy sites will be built across the United Kingdom, providing up to 40 percent of the country's electricity needs by 2025. The government says its new energy plans have as much to do with tackling climate change as they do with making sure the country's lights do not go out.
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.
India's Barefoot Solar Engineers are Building a Brighter Future
Throughout India there are many rural villages that are completely removed from the grid. With no source of power for cooking, light and heating, they currently must rely on firewood, kerosene or diesel for fuel. Now green jobs are blossoming throughout these remote areas as the Orissa Tribal Empowerment & Livelihoods Programme trains women and youth to become barefoot solar engineers. This initiative provides a bright future for the semi-literate and illiterate rural poor by teaching them to harness the sun through the construction of photovoltaic systems and solar powered lanterns. More