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The primary disciplines of facility management—building envelope & exteriors, construction & retrofits, energy, environment, facility management, interiors, safety, security, technology—along with other important topics are included in this section.

Next week at Greenbuild: green rebuilding efforts

The U.S Green Building Council (USGBC), together with the Enterprise Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, the Trust for Public Land and others have announced initiatives and ideas designed to assist in the rebuilding efforts of the Gulf Coast communities ravaged by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The immediate opportunity that presents itself is during the Council’s annual 2005 Greenbuild Conference & Expo, which will be held in Atlanta on... ...Read More...

Nov. 2: Carpet & Rug Annual Conference

Next week, the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) will convene its annual conference at the Northwest Georgia Trade Convention Center. The conference will begin at 2 p.m. on November 2, and will feature Simon van de Vrande, president of the European Carpet Rug Association as the keynote speaker. This year’s conference will also be highlighted by the presence of former NASA astronaut Robert Springer, who flew missions aboard both the space shuttles... ...Read More...

Lifesaving tip: ICE

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is joining with rescue personnel in asking people to program on their cell phones’ address book ‘In Case of Emergency’ (ICE) contacts as a way to easily reach a family member or emergency contact should an illness or accident render one unconscious. In conjunction with this announcement, ASSE will be distributing to thousands of its members ICE information including a power point presentation... ...Read More...

Friday Funny: The consultant and the shepherd

This classic joke hits especially close to home for any facility manager who relates to the shepherd… A shepherd was tending his flock in a remote pasture when suddenly a dust cloud approached at high speed, out of which emerged a shiny silver BMW. The driver, a young man in an Armani suit, Ferragamo shoes, the latest Polarized sunglasses and a tightly knotted power tie, poked his head out the window and asked the shepherd, “Hey! If... ...Read More...

Flashback to 1993: Jury finds Port Authority negligent in first WTC bombing

This NYTimes article has the full story. (Registration required for NYTimes... ...Read More...

FM software supports Patriot Act certification

FM Solutions has announced that its WorkOasis™ facility management technology platform is fully compliant with the new commercial building regulations for Patriot Act certification. The WorkOasis national network of certified suppliers which covers approximately 1,100 cities in North America is a Web-based contractor management service that provides fully electronic work order management. Each service supplier within the WorkOasis national... ...Read More...

Languishing over LEED

Alternative sustainable design initiatives for those facility managers reluctant to embrace the USGBC's LEED program. Is it possible for USGBC supporters to ignore this... ...Read More...

The rebirth of carpooling

Gas prices have motivated some workers and their employers to consider commuting alternatives. Check out this report from NPR’s Morning Edition to find out about the employers selected by the EPA’s for their environmentally friendly carpooling incentives. (Real Audio required for Morning Edition... ...Read More...

FM Frequency: A Disaster Checklist

FM Frequency Columnist Jeff Crane thinks asking the right questions will help facilities avoid the confusion and destruction just witnessed on the Gulf Coast.... ...Read More...

Professional Development: Checkup And Tune-Up

Guest Columnist Michael Redding investigates how to develop a facilities management strategy for the long... ...Read More...