Occupant education key to green building success
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A survey conducted by Dovetail Partners has revealed that while overall green building satisfaction is high, continued occupant education is important for achieving the best results in certified green buildings. The survey, conducted in late 2008, aimed to determine what, if any, changes in green practices or materials have been made after a green building is occupied. Instead of focusing on energy performance and utility bills, a questionnaire was used to determine the occupant's level of satisfaction (or dissatisfaction) with specific green building attributes and materials. The results help identify which products are likely to be changed over time. Building projects included in the survey were built in Minnesota and had achieved certification through at least one green building program. More
AFE Supports AHR Expo Again for 2010
CPMM Review Course and Exam to be Offered Pre-Show, January 23-25, in Orlando
AFE is pleased to be a sponsor once again for the International Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo), taking place in Orlando, FL January 25-27, 2010. AFE will be offering a Certified Plant Maintenance Manager (CPMM) review course and exam two days prior to the start of the expo. The opportunity to earn this widely-recognized professional certification is open to anyone, not just AFE members! For more information and to register for the CPMM course, please click here. To learn more about the AHR Expo, please click here.
Taiwan's tallest skyscraper undergoes $1.9m green facelift
Taiwan's Taipei 101, one of the world's tallest buildings, is getting a US$1.9 million (£1.1m) green overhaul aimed at reducing its energy and water consumption by 10 percent. The 101-story skyscraper is undergoing an 18-month renovation to upgrade its heating, cooling and ventilation systems. An additional measure being considered by the building's owner, Taipei Financial Center Corp, is a piping structure that would transport rainwater to flush the toilets. More
MAD Architects unveils urban forest skyscraper for China
Inspired by mountainous Chinese landscapes and the traditional villages built in their hillsides, MAD Architects has unveiled plans to create a towering vertical Urban Forest. Designed for Chongqing, China, the project consists of a stacked vertical forest set in the heart of the city, designed to bring more nature and open space in a dense and compact way. MAD Architects is becoming more known for their sustainable designs, and hopefully the green design aspects of this new tower extend beyond the garden spaces on each floor. 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 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. More
World's largest working hydro-electric wave energy device launched
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Queen's University Belfast has helped the global wave energy industry take a major stride forward with the launch of the world's largest working hydro-electric wave energy device by Aquamarine Power Ltd. More
Efficiency best to cut carbon, says analysis
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Governments around the world could make rapid, substantial and relatively cheap cuts to carbon emissions by pursuing energy efficiency in place of more ambitious but expensive, technological solutions, says a new study. 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.
Britain to shift to smart grid, meter systems
Britain is to shift to a smart energy system, including a national smart grid, which should pave the way to a low-carbon future that includes large wind farms, more efficient heating systems and electric vehicles. 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. More