Facility Management Articles

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Six Sigma: understand it, but don’t use it?

Six Sigma: understand it, but don’t use it?

Interesting article posting online regarding the “Six Sigma...Read More...

A day of sustainable ideas

A day of sustainable ideas

TFM Managing Editor Anne Vazquez reports from the road. I had a busy and enjoyable day today in Grand Rapids, MI attending Green By Design 2, a symposium focusing on innovative ways for companies to develop, manufacture, and distribute “eco-effective” products and services. This is being sponsored by the Wege Foundation, Steelcase, and Grand Rapids Community College. The day was jam packed with events,...Read More...

The potential of underfloor air distribution systems

The potential of underfloor air distribution systems

Underfloor air distribution systems provide potential immediate and long-term cost savings for facility managers when compared to traditional overhead systems, including lower energy, remodeling, and installation costs, according to Troy, MI-based engineering firm Peter Basso Associates. These systems, which have been used for years in Europe, are gaining popularity in North America as their potential benefits are...Read More...

New emissions test methods for building material installations

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...Read More...

WEB EXCLUSIVE: ISO 14001

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...Read More...

State of the homeland security and defense global market

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...Read More...

FM Frequency: Big Swings At Budget Time!

Crane's tongue-in-cheek perspective explains how to maintain facilities and lower budget costs at the same time. From the September 2005 issue....Read More...

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...