Workers are More Productive in Green Buildings, Study Says

People who work in green buildings are more productive than employees who don't, according to a recent study by researchers at the University of San Diego's Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate and CB Richard Ellis. More     More

Facilities America: Two Days of Education + AFE Chapter Awards!

Featuring over 20 educational tracks focused on technical issues and sustainability topics for facilities professionals. Learn about the latest technologies, best practices, products and services for optimum facilities operations. AFE Chapter Awards will be presented on Friday, Oct. 30! More

Stadium Franco Sensi: Rome’s Solar-Powered Stadium

Forget decorative crystalline stadium skins; Gino Zavanella’s recently unveiled stadium is completely plastered in energy-generating photovoltaic panels. Stadium Franco Sensi, set to be built in Rome, Italy, will feature a museum of Rome's football team, restaurants, lounges, and bars in addition to regular stadium seating. MoreMore

Green Walls Taking Root in Green Building Design

The next big thing in green building design might be to turn an existing idea on its side. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. recently installed a green wall the size of two tennis courts on one side of its headquarters. Like green roofs—their perpendicular counterparts—green walls are covered in vegetation and provide the benefits of natural insulation and removal of air pollutants. PNC, which provides banking and wealth management services, estimates it will be 25 percent cooler behind the wall than the ambient summer temperatures. Green walls also can be visually engaging. MoreMore

European, Australian Energy Efficiency Programs Can Be Good Models for US, Study Says

The United States could make its buildings more environmentally responsible and create more green jobs by taking a cue from programs in the European Union and Australia, according to new research by the Rand Corporation. More

Certified Plant Engineer (CPE) Online and Classroom Review Classes Now Scheduled!

Online CPE Review: Join instructor Jim Taylor of Machinery Management Solutions for an extended review of the CPE Review Pack. This online class is double the instruction time of the traditional week-long review to allow working professionals to dedicate the appropriate time to prepare. Classes will be held from 12-2 EST. Traditional Classroom Review: To be held Nov. 14, Nov. 21, Dec. 5 and Dec. 12, 2009 in Eastern Massachusetts. For the schedule, pricing and registration, please click here. or contact Carol Lawrence at (571) 203-7238 or CLawrence@AFE.org.More

Minnesota Arena Completes Green Roof

At 2.5 acres, the green roof atop the Target Center in the Twin Cities is the nation’s fifth-largest and the first installed on a North American arena. The green roof in downtown in Minneapolis is planted with sedum and plants typical to the Minnesota prairie, including lupine, wild strawberry and dotted blazing-star, reports the Downtown Journal. The plants were grown off-site in New York. MoreMore

Benchmarking for Your Facility

AFE is researching a benchmarking tool to offer as part of a member benefits package and we need your feedback! This benchmarking tool will help you identify the cost and consumption metrics for your facility, and then provide comparisons for similar facilities. Based on the comparison, you will be able to identify the best way for you to improve your metrics. AFE needs to know what areas are most important for you to track - Utility consumption? Maintenance? Custodial/Security? Operating Expenses? Sustainability? To take the survey, please click here.More