Recession Stalls One in 10 Skyscraper Projects
Construction on more than 10 percent of 1,306 planned skyscrapers was on hold at the end of June, and there were 11 percent fewer such projects under way compared with six months ago, a recent report said. 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.
To Cut Costs, Improve Your Building's Energy Efficiency
Buildings account for 48 percent of energy consumption and present the single-greatest opportunity to cut carbon emissions and lower operating costs, especially as electricity prices continue to rise. This article includes a few immediate actions. More
Solar Forest Changing System for Parking Lots
Although electric vehicle use is on the rise, we’re certainly not out of the woods yet in terms of providing them with a steady supply of clean energy - that’s why designer Neville Mars has conceived of an incredible EV charging station that takes the form of an evergreen glade of solar trees. His photovoltaic grove serves a dual function, acting as a go-to source for clean renewable energy while providing a shady spot for cars to park as they charge. 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.
More Green Building and Energy Efficiency Could Save U.S. Economy $1.2 Trillion
The typical building in the U.S. leaks energy like a sieve and its occupants usually make the situation worse. But businesses and individuals could stanch the flow by making simple changes that could yield a 23 percent drop in energy use by 2020, save the U.S. economy $1.2 trillion and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1.1 gigatons annually, according to a new study.
Electricity – The "SILENT KILLER"
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Electricity is often referred to as a “silent killer” because it cannot be tasted, seen, heard, or smelled. It is essentially invisible. Electricity has long been recognized as a serious workplace hazard, exposing employees to electrical shock, which can result in electrocution, serious burns, or falls that result in other injuries or even death. A basic understanding of the shock hazard along with the physiological effects on the human body is vital to an understanding of electrical safety.
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from Technology Review
Stirling Energy Systems (SES), based in Phoenix, has decreased the complexity and cost of its technology for converting the heat in sunlight into electricity, allowing for high-volume production. It will begin building very large solar-power plants using its equipment as soon as next year. More
Buildings to Have More Sky Lounges in Seoul
from The Korea Times
More skyscrapers in Seoul will have sky lounges where people can enjoy an urban view over a cup of coffee. Seoul City is promoting a plan to open up skyscraper top floors with good views to the general public, it said recently. More