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New emissions test methods for building material installations

Airborne emissions from indoor materials and furnishings have the potential to release harmful or odorous volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) into indoor spaces. In fact, most individual products may release up to hundreds of individual VOCs such as toluene, benzene, and formaldehyde. One of the most common approaches to minimizing the effect of these emissions is to use low emitting products or those that will contribute minimal pollution to the... ...Read More...

WEB EXCLUSIVE: ISO 14001

Here’s another online exclusive, courtesy of FacilityBlog.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The ISO 14001 Environmental Management System:Helping Businesses Become More Environmentally ResponsibleBy Ralph Vasquez and Robert L. Westly, P.G. As the first decade of the 21st century unfolds, businesses nationwide are making concerted efforts to be environmentally responsible, proactively going beyond standard due diligence assessment and... ...Read More...

State of the homeland security and defense global market

According to a report by Homeland Security Research Corporation, which was released on Friday, September 23, the cumulative Homeland Security & Homeland Defense Global Market (HLS-HLD) market–totaling $400B during the 2006-2010 period–will be more than three times larger than the cumulative market of $130B during the 2001-2005 period.Further, the next five years will be characterized by: •An energized focus on Intelligence and... ...Read More...

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 response teams from Texas,... ...Read More...

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 buildings – as an... ...Read More...

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 that executives must possess to... ...Read More...

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!

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: Contractors/Builders •One Seat:... ...Read More...

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 conference will explore the... ...Read More...

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 storms is relentless and... ...Read More...