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Push to finish tallest tower
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The stalled construction of North America's tallest building, a 150-story luxury residential tower planned for downtown Chicago, may get a boost from unionized construction workers desperate for jobs. Any effort to save the Chicago Spire faces major hurdles, especially coming after a real-estate glut that flooded Chicago with new condos. Plans call for the 2,000-foot-high Spire to have nearly 1,200 units—more than are expected to be completed for the entire downtown area in 2010. Prices start at US$750,000, with the bulk of the condos costing US$2 million to US$15 million. More


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A more durable wind turbine
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A Canadian startup has developed a small prototype wind turbine that uses friction instead of a gearbox to convert wind energy into electricity. CWind, based in Owen Sound, Ontario, recently began work on a larger 2-megawatt prototype. The company claims that its "friction drive" system is more efficient and reliable—and less costly to maintain—than conventional wind turbines, which are prone to expensive gearbox failures. More


AFE corporate partners support facilities engineering education
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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.


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


Vancouver 2010 promises greenest Olympic games ever
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From the world's largest hydrogen bus fleet to a 6-acre multi-use Olympic Oval, British Columbia appears determined to host the "greenest games ever" in Vancouver come February. The city has constructed a series of stunning sustainably-built structures in preparation for upcoming events, and has also kicked off its naturally:wood web site, which offers a free digital tool kit for Building Green with Wood and insight into how B.C.'s sustainable forestry helps LEED® the way for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Read on for just a few of the Olympic buildings boasting impressive LEED certification standards. More


AFE Supports AHR Expo Again for 2010 CPMM Review Course and Exam to be Offered Pre-Show, January 23-25, in Orlando
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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.


Santa Monica, Calif., pushes for stricter green building laws, while NYC backs down
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The stalled construction of North America's tallest building, a 150-story luxury residential tower planned for downtown Chicago, may get a boost from unionized construction workers desperate for jobs. Any effort to save the Chicago Spire faces major hurdles, especially coming after a real-estate glut that flooded Chicago with new condos. Plans call for the 2,000-foot-high Spire to have nearly 1,200 units—more than are expected to be completed for the entire downtown area in 2010. Prices start at US$750,000, with the bulk of the condos costing US$2 million to US$15 million.  More


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Study cites substantial efficiency savings
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A new study from the National Research Council has found that energy efficiency measures in the United States could cut energy use by 30 percent below 2030 projections. The report, which received funding from the U.S. Department of Energy as well as several private companies and foundations, argued that energy efficiency represents an enormous money saving opportunity for the country. Measures to achieve it include fuel economy standards, stricter building codes and efficiency requirements for home appliances. More


The efficiency fix for climate change
Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Today, like every other day the past few years, mankind will release more than 116 million metric tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Emissions are rising faster now than in any other decade, in spite of our concerns about climate change, and without new policies, our daily emissions will reach 140 million metric tons by 2020. As governments struggle to finalize a new, globally acceptable climate treaty, the difficulties are clear. More


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World's largest LED project completed in Abu Dhabi
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If you think your neighbor's holiday lighting spectacle is an exercise in excess, wait until you see the world's largest LED project, recently completed in Abu Dhabi. Created by Asymptote Architecture with lighting design by Arup, The Yas Hotel is wrapped with a sparkling shell composed of more than 5,300 diamond-shaped panels bristling with over 5,000 LED fixtures. The curvilinear field of lights is capable of running color-changing light sequences and can even display low-res three-dimensional videos. More


The high rise urban farms of the future
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Imagine a full-scale farm right in the heart of New York City, in the deserts of Darfur or on the moon. While you might have to wait some time for your lunar lettuce, vertical farming technologies are increasing the possibilities of cultivating crops much more efficiently here on Earth. Moving farms into buildings might change the way much of humanity grows its food. And while vertical farming is on the cusp of blooming, the main hurdle isn't technology; it's one of engineering and funding. More
 

 
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