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: 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...

What do you do when you have no water?

What do you do when you have no water?

For the past day, businesses and residents in the Tinton Falls area–hometown of Today’s Facility Manager, the TFM Show, and Business Facilities–have been suffering the inconveniences associated with a major water main break. Water was completely out most of the afternoon on 9/19/05, and people are now being asked to boil water before drinking it. Those of us in the office have been making jokes...Read More...

Web Exclusive: Infrared Inspection for facilities managers

Web Exclusive: Infrared Inspection for facilities managers

Infrared (IR) inspection is a powerful and noninvasive means of monitoring and diagnosing the condition of buildings. An IR camera can identify problems that can be immediately documented with full color thermal pictures and corrected before they become serious. IR gives the facility manager a new tool that not only saves time and money, but also helps to elevate him or her as a true technology professional. How...Read More...

Free Ethernet Control Seminar, Oct. 10-12

Free Ethernet Control Seminar, Oct. 10-12

WAGO Corporation has announced the schedule of its free, three-day seminar on Industrial Ethernet Control. Attendees will receive an introduction to the WAGO-I/O-SYSTEM hardware, overview of Industrial Ethernet components and protocols, hands on IEC 61131-3 programming session with live demo nodes, and review/create Web services or applications (such as alarm e-mails, Web pages, etc. from the controller) using the...Read More...