U.S. and China to Collaborate on Building Efficiency
The United States and China have agreed to a research partnership on energy efficient buildings and communities, redoubling collaborative efforts between the two countries in the development of cleaner, greener technology. More
Facilities America to be Held Oct 29 - Nov 1, 2009 - Register Today!
AFE will present Facilities America, a comprehensive conference program on the latest in facilities management topics being held in conjunction with the Carolina Industrial & Facility Maintenance Show October 29 – November 1 in Greenville, SC. Click here for more information and to register.
Baseball Stadiums Go Clean for Electricity
from the Environmental Leader
As part of the sports industry’s growing support to become more sustainable, for one home stand the Arizona Diamondbacks will be running on renewable energy, as will Japanese Pro Baseball’s 2009 All-Star Games. More
NYPD: High-profile Buildings Need Tighter Security
Managers and developers of high-profile skyscrapers and other buildings in the city need to take more steps to guard against terrorist attacks, according to a new report by the New York Police Department. More
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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 Sept. 19, Sept. 26, Oct. 3 and Oct. 10, 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.
Tokyo Pushes Alternative Energy for Japan
from the Energy Current
Government efforts to encourage the use of new energy sources, including solar and wind power, have been gathering momentum mainly due to new incentives and subsidies.
These alternative energy sources produce little carbon dioxide, while helping create new businesses at low cost and without importing natural resources.
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Storage batteries are an extremely useful, and consequently a widely utilized, source of reliable electrical energy. With the proper care and maintenance, storage batteries can also be a very safe method of storing electrical power. However, storage battery systems have been involved in some extremely serious personnel accidents in the past which, without a clear understanding and appreciation of the hazards posed by storage batteries, will continue to occur.
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Earthquake Test Indicates Wood-Frame Buildings Can be Designed to Handle Seismic Activity
Researchers at Colorado State University and Simpson Strong-Tie say a recent earthquake shake table test near Kobe, Japan, proves that mid-rise wood-frame buildings can be built to withstand major earthquakes and other natural disasters. More importantly, the engineers say this successful demonstration could lead to code changes permitting more of these types of buildings, which are less expensive to construct than steel or concrete. More
U.S. Green Building Council's New Headquarters Earns LEED Platinum
from Building Design & Construction
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is proud to announce the Platinum certification of its new Washington, D.C. headquarters – making it the first project to certify under the latest version of the LEED green building rating system. More