Facility Management Articles

Articles in this section provide insight into how facility managers can keep on top of what they need to know to sustain their careers.

Friday Funny: How many electricians does it take to change a lightbulb?

Yes, the old joke has a new twist, thanks to a safety ruling from the European Union. As a result of the EU’s Working at Heights Directive, four electricians had to be called in by Father Anthony Sutch to change bulbs at St. Benet’s Church in Beccles, Suffolk (UK). This item from Reuters explains, Because safety regulations deemed the church ceiling too high for a ladder, scaffolding had to be erected for a lengthy and costly... ...Read More...

Sustainable Design Trends: Green Wants You

New environmental solutions help transition buildings into sustainability. From the October 2005 issue.... ...Read More...

New interoperability guidelines from LONMARK International

Earlier this month, LONMARK International announced the release of Version 3.4 of the LONMARK Interoperability Guidelines, making it easier to install open, interoperable devices. The Guidelines include support for self-installed devices and networks further extending the reach of LONMARK certification into consumer products, industrial automation, and other machine-to-machine (M2M) applications. Recognizing the need for small, simple networks... ...Read More...

Tax deductions awarded for energy efficient lighting upgrades

Check out this interesting article on the financial incentives created by the Energy Policy Act of 2005. This information comes to facility managers courtesy of lighting expert Craig... ...Read More...

Web Exclusive: The necessity of fire sprinkler upgrades (CASE STUDY INCLUDED)

This exclusive article was submitted by SimplexGrinnell Compliance with Nursing Home Sprinkler Law Achieved In 2003, fire safety in nursing homes came to the forefront as a pressing state and national issue. That year, in two separate fatal events in Connecticut and Tennessee, 31 deaths occurred, starkly illustrating the need for improved fire safety systems in health care facilities catering to the elderly. Sixteen people perished in the... ...Read More...

Five “Fellows” from IFMA

The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) has selected five members for its 2005 Class of IFMA Fellows. This year Jeffery L. Campbell, Ph.D., IFMA Fellow; Christopher P. Hodges, CFM, PE, RRC, LEED AP, IFMA Fellow; Guy Thatcher, CMC, IFMA Fellow; Meredith Thatcher, CFM, CFMJ, IFMA Fellow; and Frederick P. Weiss, CFM, IFMA Fellow; bring the number of IFMA Fellows to 65. The IFMA Fellowship program was established to create an elite... ...Read More...

Five "Fellows" from IFMA

The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) has selected five members for its 2005 Class of IFMA Fellows. This year Jeffery L. Campbell, Ph.D., IFMA Fellow; Christopher P. Hodges, CFM, PE, RRC, LEED AP, IFMA Fellow; Guy Thatcher, CMC, IFMA Fellow; Meredith Thatcher, CFM, CFMJ, IFMA Fellow; and Frederick P. Weiss, CFM, IFMA Fellow; bring the number of IFMA Fellows to 65. The IFMA Fellowship program was established to create an elite... ...Read More...

November 1 SMART© Public Meeting in Dallas

Interested flooring purchasers are invited to attend the November 1 SMART© Public Meeting, which will be held from 2:00 – 5:00. The goal of the meeting is to solicit comments on the SMART© Draft Sustainable/EPP Flooring Standard© before it is Balloted. All comments are due by November 4, 2005. Here is the Meeting Agenda:1. Background on voluntary consensus Standards and their use for government product purchasing and specifying and use... ...Read More...

Domestic violence in the workplace–reaching epidemic proportions?

An interesting commentary aired this morning on the radio program, Marketplace. In it, Commentator Brooke McMurray spelled out how domestic violence disrupts the workplace more often than many people think (one in three employees are victims), and urged companies to create policies to protect workers. Listen here. (Requires Real... ...Read More...

Looking for a designer?

The American Society of Interior Designers – Illinois Chapter (ASID-IL) has launched its online Find A Designer referral service. This is a free, convenient, user-friendly service that consumers and business professionals use to preview profiles of ASID-IL designers before contacting them for a project interview. This service offers simple ways to search for a suitable designer. Linda Truckenmiller, president, ASID-IL Chapter adds,... ...Read More...