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Rita response

Rita response

Disaster Kleenup International has responded in force to the emergency response challenges created by Hurricane Rita. Before Rita landed, DKI members located in Texas were preparing for Rita’s assault. Water removal and drying equipment were moved into mobile trailers, commercial structures were secured where DKI had pre-disaster plans in place, and contingency resource plans were put into action. DKI catastrophe...Read More...

ANSI recognizes the Green Building Initiative

ANSI recognizes the Green Building Initiative

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has formally recognized the Green Building Initiative (GBI) as an accredited national standards developer, thus making the GBI the first green building organization permitted to develop and maintain American National Standards (ANS). The GBI is also in the process of establishing Green Globes – a Web-based environmental design and rating system for commercial...Read More...

Organization design and renewal topic of meeting 9/29-9/30 in NYC

Organization design and renewal topic of meeting 9/29-9/30 in NYC

In an era of non-stop business and organization change, designing and renewing organizations has emerged as a critical skill set for leaders in many industries. The Conference Board’s 2005 Organization Design and Renewal Conference will be held September 29-30 at the Westin New York at Times Square. More and more companies believe that designing, refining, and renewing organizations represents a critical skill...Read More...

Friday Funny: A look back at the early office

Friday Funny: A look back at the early office

As everyone anxiously await the arrival of Hurricane Rita, we desperately need a little break from the tension. Here’s a link to the Early Office Museum. Check out the history of the office and some of the other exhibits. The antique office photos are very interesting. Photo source: Metlife Archives, courtesy of the Early Office...Read More...

USGBC Board of Directors nominations OPEN!

USGBC Board of Directors nominations OPEN!

The USGBC is seeking candidate nominations for the upcoming Board of Director elections. Nominations will be accepted between now and September 30, and the election ballot will open on Tuesday, November 8.Board seats are open in each of the following member categories:•One Seat: At-Large •One Seat: Building Product Manufacturers/Building Controls Manufacturers/Building Operations and Maintenance •One Seat:...Read More...

Oct. 24: conference on sustainable construction and environmental design

Oct. 24: conference on sustainable construction and environmental design

Turner Construction Company, praised for its pioneering work in sustainable building, will be joining with the National Building Museum to co-sponsor the first-ever green conference promoting leadership in sustainable construction for both the K-12 and Higher Education sectors. Entitled “Greening the Schools,” event will be held at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC, on October 24, 2005. The...Read More...

Hurricane Rita: will the same mistakes be made twice?

Hurricane Rita: will the same mistakes be made twice?

Meteorologists explain the randomness of hurricane targets: just because an area was hit once doesn’t make it any less (or more) vulnerable to future strikes of lesser, equal, or greater magnitude. Florida experienced this phenomenon last year with three major storms in rapid succession; right now, the Gulf Coast states are hunkering down to prepare for the same thing at this very moment. While the movement of...Read More...

Cover more space in less time

Cover more space in less time

Anyone who manages a facility with massive square footage, or who has attended a huge trade show for that matter, can relate to the wasted time and footsteps that traversing a large building many times during the day presents. With more than seven million square feet of meeting and exhibit space, the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, FL was looking for a way to increase productivity and lessen the...Read More...

Free software demonstrates how to reduce emissions

Free software demonstrates how to reduce emissions

The North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) announced the launch of its updated version of 3E Plus®, an insulation thickness computer program that calculates the amount of insulation needed to use less energy, reduce air emissions, and improve process efficiency. The 3E Plus program quantifies energy, environmental, and cost savings yielded by increasing pipe, duct, and vessel insulation levels...Read More...

Oct. 18 seminars on facilities management

Oct. 18 seminars on facilities management

A day of educational seminars for facilities management professionals will take place on Tuesday, October 18 at the Southwest Michigan Innovation Center. The Building Construction Technology Education Center (BCTEC) will host two different training seminars: one on facilities management and long range asset management programs, and the other on the use of design/build in building envelope restoration and...Read More...