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As 2010 comes to a close, AFE would like to wish its members, partners, and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the AFE Weekly Headlines, a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume next Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011.



Solar shingles see the light of day
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Jan. 26, 2010 issue: Dow Chemical is moving full speed ahead to develop roof shingles embedded with photovoltaic cells. To facilitate the move, the U.S. Department of Energy has backed Dow's efforts with a $17.8 million tax credit that will help the company launch an initial market test of the product later this year. 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.
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California adopts greenest building codes in US
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Jan. 19, 2010 issue: Newly constructed hospitals, schools, shopping malls and homes in California will be some of the greenest in the world, after a state commission voted unanimously to approve the most stringent, environmentally friendly building code standards of any state in the nation. More

How to inspect built-up roofing systems
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March 2, 2010 issue: Maintenance and engineering managers have specified built-up roofing (BUR) systems on institutional and commercial facilities for years, seeking durability and flexibility. But to ensure BUR systems deliver these and other benefits to their organizations, managers must ensure front-line technicians maintain them properly. A properly managed and coordinated quality-assurance inspection program during installation can help managers and inspectors identify and address common performance problems with BUR systems. More

2010: The year for a surge in energy efficiency
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Jan. 12, 2010 issue: In 2009, awareness about the positive impacts of energy efficiency was raised to new heights. From President Obama's vision of energy efficiency stimulating job growth to U.S. Energy Secretary Chu calling himself "an energy conservation nut," the promise of energy efficiency solving a host of 21st century challenges became widely known. More

New York set to become home to tallest US building
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Oct. 26, 2010 issue: Chicago may soon lose bragging rights as home to the tallest building U.S., making way for New York City to claim the prize. That distinction currently belongs to Chicago's Willis Tower, which is 1,450 feet high. But that skyscraper will soon be eclipsed by the 1,776-foot One World Trade Center in New York, according to Marshall Gerometta, database editor for the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat in Chicago. More

LEDs poised to outshine all others in $4.4 billion lighting market
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May 25, 2010 issue: Dutch giant Royal Philips Electronics took the wraps off its 12-watt EnduraLED light bulb at the Lightfair International tradeshow and heralded the latest addition to its EnduraLED line as the "industry's first" light emitting diodes replacement for the commonly used 60-watt incandescent light bulb, bringing a new measure of energy efficiency to everyday lighting applications at work and in the home. More

Regenerative elevator drives save energy—and dollars
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March 23, 2010 issue: When it comes to going green in your building, most co-op and condo boards and management companies immediately think of energy-guzzlers like lights and boilers. But there's another, unlikely source of untapped energy savings in many condo and co-op buildings: your elevators. New technology called a "regenerative elevator drive" can recapture some of the energy typically wasted in day-to-day operations. More

HVAC equipment prices likely to increase in 2011
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March 23, 2010 issue: The earthquake in Chile may impact the cost of copper-laden goods around the world, including HVAC equipment, which uses copper for many components, because Chile is the largest exporter of copper in the world. More

Heat-reflecting windows to slash Empire State emissions
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April 13, 2010 issue: The green makeover of one America's most iconic buildings, the Empire State Building, is to continue with a major new energy efficiency project that will see all of the skyscraper's 6,500 windows retrofitted with a new form of insulating glass. The current double glazed windows will be taken out, and the existing insulating materials between their two panes will be replaced with a film that has been developed by insulation firm Southwall. Dubbed the Heat Mirror, the insulating film works by increasing the number of cavities within a double-glazed window, to help trap the building's heat and block heat from the sun. More

RFID tags found to work better in building ducts
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Aug. 24, 2010 issue: A research team at North Carolina State University has used a building ventilation duct to at least triple the normal distance that radio waves emitted from passive RFID tags can travel over open space. The discovery means that a small, inexpensive RFID tag could be used to wirelessly transmit data from any temperature sensor, smoke detector, carbon monoxide monitor or a sensor to detect chemical, biological or radiological agents in a large building, according to Dan Stancil, one of the main researchers and head of the university's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. More
 

 
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