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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: 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...

The potential of underfloor air distribution systems

The potential of underfloor air distribution systems

Underfloor air distribution systems provide potential immediate and long-term cost savings for facility managers when compared to traditional overhead systems, including lower energy, remodeling, and installation costs, according to Troy, MI-based engineering firm Peter Basso Associates. These systems, which have been used for years in Europe, are gaining popularity in North America as their potential benefits are...Read More...

New emissions test methods for building material installations

New emissions test methods for building material installations

Airborne emissions from indoor materials and furnishings have the potential to release harmful or odorous volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) into indoor spaces. In fact, most individual products may release up to hundreds of individual VOCs such as toluene, benzene, and formaldehyde. One of the most common approaches to minimizing the effect of these emissions is to use low emitting products or those that will...Read More...

WEB EXCLUSIVE: ISO 14001

WEB EXCLUSIVE: ISO 14001

Here’s another online exclusive, courtesy of FacilityBlog.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The ISO 14001 Environmental Management System:Helping Businesses Become More Environmentally ResponsibleBy Ralph Vasquez and Robert L. Westly, P.G. As the first decade of the 21st century unfolds, businesses nationwide are making concerted efforts to be environmentally responsible, proactively going beyond standard due...Read More...

State of the homeland security and defense global market

State of the homeland security and defense global market

According to a report by Homeland Security Research Corporation, which was released on Friday, September 23, the cumulative Homeland Security & Homeland Defense Global Market (HLS-HLD) market–totaling $400B during the 2006-2010 period–will be more than three times larger than the cumulative market of $130B during the 2001-2005 period.Further, the next five years will be characterized by: •An...Read More...

FM Frequency: Big Swings At Budget Time!

Crane's tongue-in-cheek perspective explains how to maintain facilities and lower budget costs at the same time. From the September 2005 issue....Read More...