AFE Weekly Headlines
Mar. 18, 2014

Report: Building energy codes have big impact
Through the DOE's Building Energy Codes Program, every dollar the DOE has spent on building energy codes over the past two decades has resulted in $400 in energy cost savings, according to a new report.More

Wind power provided 30 percent of all new electricity generation capacity in past 5 years
American wind power topped 4 percent of the U.S. power grid for the first time last year and has delivered 30 percent of all new generating capacity for the last five years. In Iowa and South Dakota, wind power now exceeds 25 percent of total electricity production. In nine states, it provided more than 12 percent, and in 17 states, more than 5 percent.More

Innovative solar energy applications point the way forward
By Don Rosato
Most people no longer ask whether solar energy will be a success, the question is rather which forms of photovoltaic technology and system types will be successful. The total global installed PV capacity is fast approaching 100 GW, up from 1.5 GW in 2000 to 89.5 GW at the end of 2013. In 2013, for the second straight year, solar PV was the leading source of new electricity capacity installed, beating out wind, gas, coal and nuclear, and this trend is expected to continue as solar installed costs continue to fall. With that in mind, let's take a look at emerging solar energy plastics-related applications.More

Share your knowledge
In an effort to enhance the overall content of AFE Weekly Headlines, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of AFE, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit. Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.More

How to advance your bottom line with green infrastructure
The pluses of greening your infrastructure don’t stop at stormwater solutions and aesthetic benefits. A report by the National Resources Defense Council, The Green Edge, examines the benefits of investing in green infrastructure such as vegetative roofs, rain gardens, and permeable pavement. These include quick improvements such as lower water and energy bills, as well as longer-term benefits like increased rents, higher property values, and a reduction in crime.More

HVAC trends: Controls conversion
Today's Facility Manager
For decades, some building systems have benefited from controls. Venerable pneumatic control systems use air to initialize mechanical processes. But these controls are limited to the mechanical systems such as heating, cooling and ventilation. Newer digital control systems, commonly called building automation systems, consist of networked hardware and software capable of managing numerous building systems.More

Emergency generator tips: Business protection from power outages
Is your building prepared to handle an emergency? If not, now is the time to take the important steps necessary to prepare your facility for future disasters, including expected and unforeseen emergencies.More