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As 2014 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 AFE Weekly Headlines, a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 6.


Facility maintenance does not have to be a 4-letter word
Denny Hydrick
From Jan. 7: Diet is a quintessential "four-letter word" — a phrase that in years past often referred to expletives. Obviously that's a joke, but dieting to most people is no laughing matter. Why? Because first of all they require the resolve to begin and, secondly, a lifestyle change. Within our industry, we have our own set of "four-letter words," although most are known by acronyms. Like diets, these too take a certain resolve to start implementing or tracking and, perhaps most importantly, they require the lifestyle change, referred to as a culture change.
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Smart buildings and smart cities will take center stage in 2014
Allen McHale
From Jan. 14: Capital-intensive renewable power projects are now at a place where governments around the world are delaying their commitment to spend. In addition, the centralized structure of the electrical utility industry through which most of the renewable power will be traded is not the most appropriate and is not yet fully on board. However, there is a more appropriate direction that will take us down the path to reach our destination of a low-carbon economy in the 21st century — simply putting a lot more effort into reducing CO2 emissions in buildings and cities.
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How to advance your facilities career
Denny Hydrick
From March 11: You're already "God's gift to the facilities engineering world" or to the maintenance management world or to any world (take your pick). You never make mistakes. You're flexible, always on time, rarely take breaks, well-liked, communicative and so on. To sum this up with fewer adjectives: You are a perfect employee. Of course I typed that tongue-in-cheek, but let's suppose for a moment that you possess some of those attributes. You are a good employee and you are good at your job, how then do you advance your career?
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To LED or not to LED? That is the question
Pamela Tresp
From Oct. 7: According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, commercial and institutional buildings, public street and highway lighting consumed about 274 billion kWh for lighting — roughly 21 percent of total commercial sector electricity consumption in 2012. The October issue of LD+A magazine cited that electricity for lighting consumes totals up to 461 billion kWh each year. With so much energy use at stake, as Dan Mellinger writes in LD+A, "LED recessed troffers represent the single largest potential energy savings opportunity." So what is the best way this should be handled?
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Facility management: Proactive vs. reactive
Jeannea Jones
From March 4: As with most things in life, an offensive position yields better results than a defensive one. The same holds true in facility management. Plant operations and maintenance personnel encounter reactive situations on a daily basis, but the wise FM professional who approaches service from a proactive position will be able to avert many equipment failures and down time, thus positively impacting the "quality of life" for the building campus community. Let's break down the differences in the two approaches.
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3 steps to energy efficiency for your facility
Mandy Gardner
From Jan. 28: The steady expansion of the energy efficiency industry is occurring in a number of ways in America, from the installation of alternative fueling stations to the implementation of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design strategies in various buildings and institutions. In 2014, facility managers should be focusing on three technological modernizations: updated energy meters, facility software upgrades and serious efficiency goals for this year and the future.
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How to prepare a business case for your facilities initiative
David E. Patnaude
From Sept. 9 As facilities engineers and managers, are we expected to be experts in finance? Should we understand as much as our financial officer or chief executive? We know a lot about how to operate a plant, build something, repair equipment, contract for services and the plethora of work and detail that accompanies our job. The question is, when dealing with our finance office, board or senior decision-makers, can we make a "business case" for a specific initiative? Can we speak their language? A well-written business case can help us move a project or initiative to "Yes, approved."
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Comply or defy? Enforcement lacking for HVAC regulations
Andrew Gaved
From Aug. 5: There is a debate raging currently in the European HVAC community about the burden regulations have placed on the operators of cooling and heating equipment. For much of the legislation, the fundamentals are demonstrating individual and corporate compliance, via accreditation and the necessary training. But the argument that is troubling many is not the requirement to comply, but rather the fact that compliance is not being properly enforced by the authorities.
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3 steps to energy efficiency for your facility
Mandy Gardner
From Jan. 28: The steady expansion of the energy efficiency industry is occurring in a number of ways in America, from the installation of alternative fueling stations to the implementation of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design strategies in various buildings and institutions. In 2014, facility managers should be focusing on three technological modernizations: updated energy meters, facility software upgrades and serious efficiency goals for this year and the future.
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z10: Wal-Mart is transforming into a go-green leader
Danielle Wegert
From May 13: A major issue for corporations today is sustainability and reducing impact on the environment. Many national and international corporations are known for being sustainable and environmentally friendly, including Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Ikea and Johnson & Johnson. But one company focusing on sustainability may surprise you: Wal-Mart. The world's largest retailer is taking several steps to reduce its impact on the environment, and Wal-Mart is doing it behind the scenes without trying to get significant recognition.
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