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Construction costs forecasts: increase for third quarter '05

Construction costs forecasts: increase for third quarter '05

According to the quarterly Turner Building Cost Index, construction costs for the U.S. industry should increase for the third quarter of 2005, over the second quarter of 2005. As per the Turner Building Cost Index, the third quarter 2005 index will rise to 726, showing a 3.13% increase over the second quarter 2005 index of 704 and a 9.67% increase over the third quarter 2004 index of 662. Says Karl F. Almstead, the...Read More...

Mold Clean-Up

Mold Clean-Up

Mold grows easily in conditions similar to those of post-Hurricane Katrina which include standing water, humid air and easily available mold nutrients according to American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) members. To address this, ASSE offers the following tips to consider on how to clean-up mold and minimize its adverse effects. Individual circumstances are often unique so there is no one-size fits all...Read More...

Suggestions for National Boss Day (Oct. 16)

Suggestions for National Boss Day (Oct. 16)

Workplace advice, courtesy of Aubrey Daniels: Sending positive reinforcement up the ladder can help improve your boss’ performance and make your life at work better. “We’re trained to think positive reinforcement flows in one direction at work, from the top down,” Daniels says. “But the laws of human behavior are universal, and positive reinforcement can be a powerful tool to help...Read More...

50% discount for cabling infrastructure assessment

50% discount for cabling infrastructure assessment

In recognition of National Fire Prevention Month, DuPont Communications Cabling Solutions is extending a special offer for cabling end users who want to reduce the fire hazard risk to their buildings from the accumulation of abandoned cables. Through October 31, 2005, DuPont™ Abandoned Cable Services will provide a 50% discount on an initial cabling infrastructure assessment. After the assessment, DuPont will also...Read More...

Oct. 5-7: Greening the hospitality industry

Oct. 5-7: Greening the hospitality industry

The “Greening the Hospitality Industry Conference” is scheduled for October 5-7, 2005, at The Inn & Conference Center, University of Maryland University College. The event will examine the industry’s reliance on many resources whose availability depends upon maintaining the balance of nature. Things such as oil for transportation of people and goods and food production, natural gas for heating space...Read More...

International organizations discuss how to achieve global best practices

International organizations discuss how to achieve global best practices

ARCHIBUS, Inc., will be holding its 2005 ARCHIBUS/FM Users’ Conference-Europe from November 6-8 at the Sheraton Heathrow, London, UK. The London conference will offer users from Europe, Asia, and Africa a more convenient locale in which to interact with ARCHIBUS staff, peers, and partners. The conference will offer more than 20 technical and management-level sessions. In addition, ARCHIBUS, Inc. executive...Read More...

Green Solutions: Let The Sun Shine In

Green Solutions: Let The Sun Shine In

A daylighting system installed at a Patagonia warehouse and distribution center in Reno, NV reduces energy bills and increases productivity....Read More...

On The Road: Another Green Day

On The Road: Another Green Day

The second day of Green By Design 2 in Grand Rapids, MI featured another round of interesting and informative sessions. (To read my observations about the first day of the event, see previous posting, “A day of sustainable ideas.”) Sponsored by the Wege Foundation, Steelcase, and Grand Rapids Community College, Green By Design focused on ways for companies to develop, manufacture, and distribute...Read More...

Friday Funny: World Toilet Summit

Friday Funny: World Toilet Summit

More than 300 experts recently spent three days in Belfast, Northern Ireland talking about toilets. According to a Reuters report, A lot was achieved, including the finalization of a protocol setting out global standards for the provision and hygiene of public toilets, says Raymond Martin, director of the Irish Toilet Association. Another highlight was…the unveiling of Belfast’s first public UriLift...Read More...

Revised: HVAC industry examines global environmental responsibilities

Revised: HVAC industry examines global environmental responsibilities

At last week’s FEBRAVA 2005 Trade Show in San Paolo, Brazil, James Wolf and Jeff Moe, global environmental policy executives for Trane, each delivered a presentation on the topic of “Global Warming and Energy Conservation.” The international show and exhibition receives approximately 24,000 participants annually from the refrigeration, HVAC and air treatment industries. Wolf, vice president and...Read More...