Study: 'Building IT' to speed energy efficiency
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Buildings are the next frontier for computerized instrumentation, leading to a collision between building management incumbents and IT companies looking for new markets, according to a report. Lux Research is expected to release a report that predicts a wave of acquisitions at the intersection of buildings and IT. Adding modern controls, such as sensors, to HVAC systems and introducing energy monitoring systems and high efficiency lighting could improve commercial building efficiency by 24 percent and 16 percent in residential homes, Lux said. These types of improvements could save hundreds of billions of dollars a year worldwide, it said. More
Congress passes 'Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act of 2010'; Bill could make AFE Certifications 'even more valuable' for Federal facilities workers
In a move that could make AFE's world-renowned Certification an even hotter commodity for Federal facilities workers and job seekers, Congress has passed the "Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act of 2010." The Bill—which AFE's nearly 4,000 members backed with letters and visits to legislators on Capital Hill—will become law once President Obama (as expected) signs it. One of the major components of the Bill is "identification of core competencies....in building operations and maintenance, energy management, sustainability" and other "core competencies." Most of these "core competencies" are similar to those that comprise AFE Certification.
What does passage of this Bill mean for AFE? "Once President Obama signs the Bill, AFE Certification will be become even more important for Federal facility workers, and those seeking jobs working as facilities engineers in the government," said Wayne Carley, interim Executive Director of AFE. Click here to learn more.
Power grid of the future saves energy
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Green energy too 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
AFE announces Member-Get-A-Member Campaign
AFE has announced a Member-Get-A-Member Campaign will be launched on Jan. 15, 2011, and run through Sept. 30, 2011. This is your opportunity to help AFE increase its membership base, earn extra prizes and have fun by recruiting friends and colleagues. The campaign is being conducted to to help increase AFE membership, expand members' professional networks, and help build support for AFE programs. How can you started with the Member-Get-a-Member campaign? Talk to prospects now and check your email for more updates on the campaign. For more information, contact Maxine McIntosh at 571-203-7236. And good luck!
Need inspiration? Take the CPMM Review Course announced minutes from 'Rocky Steps' in Philadelphia
Want some inspiration from movie legend Rocky Balboa while preparing for the CPMM exam? AFE has announced a CPMM Review Course and Exam Feb. 7-9, just minutes from The City of Brotherly Love—and the "Rocky Steps" in front of The Philadelphia Museum of Art. The "Rocky Steps" are the site of one of the most inspiring movies ever created—and they can be your inspiration if you take a break to visit them while taking one of the best facilities certification programs ever created. For more information, contact Jeanine Salifou, Certification Manager, at 571-203-7239.
US government launches clean energy export push
Eight U.S. government agencies have teamed up to assist renewable energy and energy efficiency exports by providing new funding, easy access to resources and other support. The overall goal is to increase exports connected to renewables and efficiency over the next five years. Renewable energy companies will be able to access government export resources through a new website created for the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Export Initiative. More
AFE offers Certification Review Program in Fayetteville, NC, after program receives GI Bill approval
Only weeks after AFE received approval for its Certification programs, AFE will be offering a Certified Plant Maintenance Manager (CPMM) Review Program and Exam in Fayetteville, NC, convenient to Fort Bragg. The in-person training course will take place at Fayetteville Technical Community College from Jan. 24-26, 2011. Limited space is available, so reserve your seat now. More
Researchers developing coral-like living skin for buildings
Researchers at the University of Greenwich in the U.K. are developing a carbon negative building material that would not only help fight climate change but protect the structures it is built upon. The material is made from protocells—super simple cells that have only the basic elements of life, yet are able to grow and multiply—that will capture carbon in their membranes and grow over time to create a hard, coral-like armor around or under buildings. More
USGBC wood policy stands (for now) after battle over eco-labels
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After a lengthy and contentious review, members of the U.S. Green Building Council—the organization behind the LEED rating system—rejected a proposal that would have opened the door to wood certified under various eco-labels to be considered for LEED credit. More
A bubble inspired skyscraper
This Bubble Skyscraper is the work of Tehran-based M&A Architects and takes design inspiration from its location—a shoreline which has bubbles floating on it that were created by the waves striking the rocks. More
AFE Career Center Job of the Week
The U.S. EPA is seeking a Manager, Oil Spill Research Program in Cincinnati, Ohio. To learn more about this and other facilities engineering and building professional career opportunities, visit the AFE Career Center.