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.
With Hurricane Katrina, one of the worst storms to ever hit the US mainland, leaving billions of dollars in property damage in her wake, many property owners are asking “What could I have done to prepare better before it hit?” And even those who did prepare as best they could are asking the now more important question, “How do I recover?” For those looking for information on how to receive assistance in the
With the recent signing of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, Itron Inc. will host two online seminars to help understand some of the sweeping legislation in the policy. The measure includes directives that relate specifically to time-based rates for electricity, demand response, and the metering technology required to support the initiatives. The energy policy will have a significant impact on utilities and will change
Successful global companies are integrating the reporting of their corporate citizenship activities into their firms’ basic business missions, according to a recent report released by The Conference Board. The companies that have best adapted their businesses report that setting goals, measuring performance, and assessing the degree of compliance are vital to the successful implementation of citizenship
Last week, the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) announced it has joined forces with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to help Florida’s lodging industry create a healthier and safer indoor environment and reduce the generation of solid waste in hotels and motels across the state. The partnership is the latest component of DEP’s Green Lodging initiative, which encourages hotels and motels to
As of early August 29, approximately 52,000 people were in 240 shelters throughout the Gulf Coast area, with the majority in the New Orleans Superdome. In Mississippi streets and homes were flooded as far as six miles
A look at a residential facility can offer some much needed perspective on running a commercial facility.
Although growth in manufacturing employment slowed this month, increasing difficulty in recruiting skilled workers to fill key positions is leading some employers to offer higher starting wages. That according to new numbers from the Leading Indicator of National Employment (LINE™), released today by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Rutgers University School of Management and Labor
Earlier this year, TFM and Allsteel conducted a survey of facility managers to find out about their attitudes with regard to the sustainability movement. Just this past week, the International Facility Management Association released the results of another survey on this topic. According to IFMA’s survey, facility management professionals report a continued increase in the use of green building practices. The
According to IFMA's survey, facility management professionals report a continued increase in the use of green building practices. The vast majority, 70% of those responding to the online survey, reported implementing green concepts within their organization's
Imagine having to patrol your facility with a wet vac every time it rained looking for pools of water. That’s exactly what staff members at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC do in an effort to protect the treasured collections housed in the museum. Strained expansion joints, an aged steam heating system, and other plumbing problems are causing increased and immediate concern. Other maintenance issues add