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Software gives machine controls more value, departs from traditional code
Control Engineering    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Machines and controls are becoming more software-driven and, as such, having a structured approach for requirements, specifications, design, development, and post-sales service is imperative to the successful execution of the project, and the successful harboring of a company’s technical know-how. More

10 strategies for LEED Platinum
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West 27th Place, a USC student housing community, has just received a LEED Platinum rating — the highest level of sustainability possible from the United States Green Building Council. It is one of a handful of Platinum certified developments in Los Angeles and one of the only student housing projects in the nation achieving this milestone. More

90 percent of manufacturers think their sustainability is better than average
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Three-quarters of consumers think manufacturers have not taken enough steps to ensure that their production follows environmental procedures, according to a study from UL, and 70 percent feel companies do not conduct thorough testing before launching new products. More

Association for Facilities Engineering LinkedIn Group surpasses goal of 2,000 participants
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The Association for Facilities Engineering (AFE) LinkedIn Group surpassed its 2011 goals of 2,000 participants. The site's enormous growth makes it the fastest growing LinkedIn group site devoted exclusively to the needs of facilities operations and engineering professionals. "The current number of participants is more than triple what it was at this time last year," said Dr. Wayne Carley, executive director of AFE. "We believe that growth is due to the large volume of interesting and relevant questions and topics posted on the site on a daily basis." Joining the group is easy and free, and allows you to share your ideas and knowledge with your colleagues in the industry. More

Substance in sustainability at Atlas Copco
Compressed Air Best Practices    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Actions speak more loudly than words. Growing up in Kansas, with wheat fields as your neighbor, we were taught to make observations like, "he's a talker," or "he's the fancy-dressed guy." Raw, sometimes menacing, and always waiting to get to the point, we were taught, "If you can't back-up what you’re saying, don't say anything." These comments reflected a core Midwestern value — one that values substance. Substance is not a universally held trait and that holds true when firms claim to be good corporate citizens. More

Bird advocates urge mandatory standards for wind energy projects
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The American Bird Conservancy petitioned the U.S. Department of the Interior to replace its proposed voluntary guidelines for siting and operating wind farms with mandatory enforceable standards designed to make the technology safer for wildlife including migrating birds and bats. More

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Diagnosing, resolving ATS timing issues
Consulting-Specifying Engineer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In healthcare facilities across the U.S., a very critical component of the essential electrical system is often overlooked. While generators are tested and fuel delivery systems are maintained, appropriate time-delay settings for automatic transfer switches in the EES are often overlooked. More

Good news for building energy retrofits    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The U.S. construction industry needs all the good news it can get. Three years after the start of the economic downturn, conditions remain bleak. As reported in a new study by the American Institute of Architects, construction spending in the U.S. has declined by 27 percent since 2008, an economic loss of close to $300 billion. More

Back to basics with functional safety
Plant Engineering    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It is very easy to get caught up in the complexity of a safety system; after all, the consequences can be unthinkable. However, functional safety is all about making things work just as they should. More

Ultra-green design paying dividends
Orlando Sentinel    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
More than a year ago, the Headquarter Honda dealership on State Road 50 in south Lake County was certified as the most environmentally friendly commercial building in Florida. Only nine other buildings in the state — all of them constructed for educational, military, aerospace or government purposes — share this highest, "platinum" rating, conferred by the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, program. More
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