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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.

Friday Funny: innovative mobile device protection

Friday Funny: innovative mobile device protection

To borrow a phrase from the Beatles, “something in the way you move….” will prevent your laptop or cell phone from being stolen? This may be the case in the future, thanks to a device invented by scientists at the VTT Technical Research Center of Finland. According to a report from Reuters, The device will make it harder to steal mobile phones and laptops by enabling them to detect changes in their...Read More...

Energy savings and lighting upgrades

Energy savings and lighting upgrades

Calling lighting “unique, because it is an energy affective building system,” National Lighting Bureau Communications Director John Bachner cautioned that designers “need to consider lighting’s interrelationships with other building systems to achieve the overall energy consumption and lighting quality goals established for earning Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credits.” The Bureau...Read More...

The lethal workplace

The lethal workplace

Some 2.2 million people worldwide die of work-related accidents and occupational diseases each year, according to a new report prepared by the United Nations’ International Labour Office (ILO). The report, “Decent Work – Safe Work,” says the 2.2 million figure may be vastly under-estimated due to poor reporting and differing recording criteria from country to country. While the number of work-related...Read More...

Final call: FACILITY EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR 2006

Final call: FACILITY EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR 2006

Just a reminder to all of you… NOMINATIONS BEING ACCEPTED UNTIL 10/17/05! Who is the best facility manager you know? Is it you? Is it someone who works with you? Is it one of your clients? Whatever you do, make sure to nominate that person and gain recognition for his or her outstanding achievements. As the industry’s most prestigious honor, winning TFM’s Facility Executive of the Year includes featured...Read More...

Sarbanes-Oxley Act and building operations

Sarbanes-Oxley Act and building operations

Many companies are looking for solutions to help them comply with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX). Building automation may be one consideration for organizations looking to streamline visibility, control, and processes. According to Christian Smith, VP sales & marketing, at eProject, “Year one of SOX was all about compliance at ‘any cost.’ As a result, most companies had an ‘open...Read More...

Copper cable recyclers…start your engines!

Copper cable recyclers…start your engines!

Building contractors who recycle end-of-life copper cable through DuPont™ Abandoned Cable Services are eligible to win a trip to the 2006 NASCAR® NEXTEL Cup race and a chance to meet racing legend Jeff Gordon. The DuPont Motorsports Cable Points Challenge is part of the DuPont Abandoned Cable Services’ Cable Recycling program. Any registered contractor firm recycling end-of-life copper cables with DuPont...Read More...

MSDS compliance requirements simplified

MSDS compliance requirements simplified

MSDSonline has announced the availability of a new, easy-to-use, on-demand training center designed to help companies meet the performance-based standards of employee training enforced by OSHA, EPA, and DOT, along with other federal, state, and local regulatory agencies. Ideal for companies that want to simplify the way they approach employee training, the new Web-based training center puts environmental, health and...Read More...

More post-Katrina (non-residential) construction forecasts

More post-Katrina (non-residential) construction forecasts

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has released a report on the impact of Katrina on the construction markets and the economy in the gulf region. Taking into consideration the larger context of the overall regional economy, the report examines the timeline for rebuilding efforts, the economic and construction indicators for Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, and the outlook for building materials and...Read More...

Lethal impact of Hurricane Stan

Lethal impact of Hurricane Stan

Rains across Central America have aggravated conditions in areas hit by Hurricane Stan and its remnants, causing fatal mudslides in Guatemala. According to reports, at least 500 people are dead; thousands more may be buried alive in places like Panabaj, where mudslides have engulfed entire towns. CNN has a report...Read More...

Massive earthquake (7.6) hits Pakistan and surrounding area

Massive earthquake (7.6) hits Pakistan and surrounding area

More than 40,000 people are feared dead after an earthquake and its numerous aftershocks hit 60 miles north of the Pakistani city of Islamabad. Details can be found here. Focus on the Kashmiri quake has prompted discussion of “the big one” along California’s Hayward Fault. It’s only a matter of time, according to many experts; some predictions anticipate a major San Francisco area quake...Read More...