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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.

Tricks Of The Trade: Asset Management Ideas

Tricks Of The Trade: Asset Management Ideas

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge gives some recommendations on basic asset management...Read More...

Oct. 5-7: Greening the hospitality industry

Oct. 5-7: Greening the hospitality industry

The “Greening the Hospitality Industry Conference” is scheduled for October 5-7, 2005, at The Inn & Conference Center, University of Maryland University College. The event will examine the industry’s reliance on many resources whose availability depends upon maintaining the balance of nature. Things such as oil for transportation of people and goods and food production, natural gas for heating space...Read More...

International organizations discuss how to achieve global best practices

International organizations discuss how to achieve global best practices

ARCHIBUS, Inc., will be holding its 2005 ARCHIBUS/FM Users’ Conference-Europe from November 6-8 at the Sheraton Heathrow, London, UK. The London conference will offer users from Europe, Asia, and Africa a more convenient locale in which to interact with ARCHIBUS staff, peers, and partners. The conference will offer more than 20 technical and management-level sessions. In addition, ARCHIBUS, Inc. executive...Read More...

Green Solutions: Let The Sun Shine In

Green Solutions: Let The Sun Shine In

A daylighting system installed at a Patagonia warehouse and distribution center in Reno, NV reduces energy bills and increases productivity....Read More...

On The Road: Another Green Day

On The Road: Another Green Day

The second day of Green By Design 2 in Grand Rapids, MI featured another round of interesting and informative sessions. (To read my observations about the first day of the event, see previous posting, “A day of sustainable ideas.”) Sponsored by the Wege Foundation, Steelcase, and Grand Rapids Community College, Green By Design focused on ways for companies to develop, manufacture, and distribute...Read More...

Friday Funny: World Toilet Summit

Friday Funny: World Toilet Summit

More than 300 experts recently spent three days in Belfast, Northern Ireland talking about toilets. According to a Reuters report, A lot was achieved, including the finalization of a protocol setting out global standards for the provision and hygiene of public toilets, says Raymond Martin, director of the Irish Toilet Association. Another highlight was…the unveiling of Belfast’s first public UriLift...Read More...

Revised: HVAC industry examines global environmental responsibilities

Revised: HVAC industry examines global environmental responsibilities

At last week’s FEBRAVA 2005 Trade Show in San Paolo, Brazil, James Wolf and Jeff Moe, global environmental policy executives for Trane, each delivered a presentation on the topic of “Global Warming and Energy Conservation.” The international show and exhibition receives approximately 24,000 participants annually from the refrigeration, HVAC and air treatment industries. Wolf, vice president and...Read More...

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...

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

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

Interesting article posting...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...