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NASA goes futuristic with efficient offices
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The agency concerned with spaceflight has created one of the greenest buildings on Earth—or at least in Houston. NASA's new Building 20 at the Johnson Space Center has obtained the highest standard for energy efficiency—LEED Platinum—set by the U.S. Green Building Council. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program measures the design, construction and operation of green buildings. A team comprised of NASA and the HOK architecture and design firm had set out to achieve Gold certification, then realized that Platinum was within reach with a few modifications. Upgrading the kind of glass used in the building and tweaking the landscaping to use a more drought-tolerant Bermuda grass scored points for efficiency. The new building moves away from the model found in many of NASA's offices from the 1960s and 1970s with private or semiprivate workspaces. More

Case Studies: Sound Masking

Moving your employees from enclosed offices to a primarily open-plan space? Pursuing LEED® credits for your facility and concerned about the impact that green choices will have on acoustics? See how two companies successfully solved their speech privacy and noise concerns by installing the LogiSon sound masking system.

AFE elections open between now and Dec. 24
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The long-awaited elections of 2010 are being held this week, so you may choose who represents you in 2011 and 2012. All current members of AFE will be able to vote for Industry Director and Academic Director. Current members who participate in Regions 2, 4, 6 and 8 will be able to vote for Vice President of their respective region. Job descriptions and other documentation are available. More

New standard released for testing hard surface flooring
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The National Floor Safety Institute announced the publication of a new national safety standard for testing hard surface flooring, ANSI/NFSI B101.1. The standard gives property owners, facility managers, and risk professionals a tool to measure the risk of a slip and fall, enabling them to prevent them. More

US Senate approves key renewable energy tax incentives
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The U.S. Senate approved a tax bill that, among other things, extends for another year key tax incentives for the renewable power and ethanol industries. The $858 billion bill, which extends Bush-era tax cuts for two years, moves next to the House of Representatives. U.S. wind, solar and other renewable energy industries have pressed lawmakers to continue a program that allows solar and wind power facilities to obtain federal grants equal to a tax credit worth 30% of the cost of building a new facility. More

Need inspiration? Take the CPMM Review Course announced minutes from 'Rocky Steps' in Philadelphia
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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.

DOE awards $7 million to 24 states to support updated building codes
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The Department of Energy (DOE) announced Dec. 17, that it has selected 24 states to receive a total of $7 million to support the adoption of updated, energy-efficient building codes. DOE says the funding will expand the existing partnerships between states and the federal government and help states to more rapidly adopt new residential and commercial building codes, as well increase compliance with those codes. More

Membership in AFE's LinkedIn group site exceeds 600
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The number of people who have joined AFE's group site on LinkedIn now exceeds 600. Group members may ask facilities-related questions or respond to questions from other group members, and are also invited to post news and events related to facilities operations and maintenance. For example, one poster recently started a discussion on the cost of lost services in a facilities environment—maybe not the kind of question that you'd ask at a Manhattan cocktail party—but the kind of question die-hard AFE members and other facilities professionals love to discuss. Job recruiters may be post a limited number of facilities-related careers posting. Help our LinkedIn site reach the goal of exceeding 1,000 people before July 4, 2011, by signing up today. Anyone active or retired facilities professionals, engineers or academics are welcome to join. More

Facilities with cool roofs less affected by urban heat islands
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Though first observed in 1810, the urban heat island effect has been demanding more attention as the climate change debate rages on. Urban areas are typically significantly warmer than surrounding rural areas—up to 8 degrees Fahrenheit warmer, according to experts. "When you look at the difference between rural and urban, you see that a lot of vegetation is replaced by primarily roofing and pavement," says Desjarlais. Buildings and building materials absorb and retain more heat compared to trees and vegetation. The heat is then radiated out, heating the air around the metropolitan area. Throw dark roofs into the mix and the temperature increase in urban areas can be dramatic. More

AFE offers Certification Review Program in Fayetteville, NC, after program receives GI Bill approval
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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

The ethics of biofuels
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In the worldwide race to develop energy sources that are seen as green because they are renewable and less greenhouse gas intensive, sometimes the most basic questions remain unanswered. More

AFE announces Member-Get-A-Member Campaign
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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!

AFE Career Center Job of the Week
Physical Plant, UC Santa Cruz

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The University of California - Santa Cruz is seeking a highly-qualified Project Manager - Physical Plant. View this and hundreds of other job postings at the AFE Career Center. More

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