Industry News

12/12/2012

Ever thought about public health as a design challenge?  City and town designs can change the way people interact and participate in day-to-day activities and experiences, with architects and architecture building a framework for healthier living.

12/11/2012

Facilities and buildings have recently experienced a dramatic shift in solar and photovoltaic pricing, allowing renewed consideration of one of the most popular renewable energy options.  But could that price drop extend to the homeowner market and act as a catalyst for a true solar surge?

12/10/2012

Occupational hazards are often accepted as inherent risks of the construction industry, but that doesn’t mean they have to stay that way forever.  New technology may offer safer options through design itself.

12/07/2012
Got a window problem in need of a quick fix?  Solutions for homeowners may not always be applicable to facility managers and building owners, but for spot fixes and problem solving winter is a great time to examine a few methods.
12/07/2012

How’s your facility portfolio look?  How are your employees doing?  The Randstad Employee Confidence Index decreased last month to 51.7, breaking a previous two-month climb in confidence.

12/06/2012
What’s next for facility management?  Are you ready for some energy efficiency from the future?  Two Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory research projects were awarded grants by the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to advance energy technologies.
12/03/2012
Field-induced polymer electroluminescent (FIPEL) technology is coming, and could be in your facility or building as early as next year.
11/30/2012

The Empire State Building (ESB) has selected Philips as its partner to transition the building’s iconic tower lights to innovative LEDs. The two organizations have pushed the boundaries of LED technology to develop a state-of-the-art dynamic lighting system from Philips Color Kinetics that is unique to ESB and allows the building’s façade and mast to change lighting scenes in real-time.

11/29/2012
Green and sustainable cleaning practices are among the key drivers in the commercial cleaning industry, and show no signs of slowing down.
11/28/2012

Do you know what’s in those old couches hanging around your lounge or lobby?  Are you sure?  More than half of all couches tested in a Duke University-led study contained potentially toxic or untested chemical flame retardants that may pose risks to human health.

11/27/2012

f you’re looking to the bright future of photovoltaics for your facility or building, experts say you’re not going to have to wait long.  Prices for photovoltaic power systems are dropping, and dropping fast.

11/26/2012

Educational facilities may be able to benefit from an advanced multi-touch, multi-user school desk.  Research shows that use of the desk can boost skill in mathematics and that the desks offer unique collaborative opportunities.

11/26/2012

Stamats has announced that it has been awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certified Silver for its headquarters building in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  LEED is the nation's preeminent program for the design, construction, and operation of sustainable buildings.  The LEED certification is awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council.

11/21/2012
Bed bugs have been the cause of countless nightmares for facility managers and building owners, but a new solution may be on the way to deal with the resilient pest.  According to a team of Penn State entomologists, biopesticides might provide an answer to the great bed bug problem.
11/20/2012

VTT specialists have assessed Finland's chances of achieving the 80% greenhouse gas emission reduction targets. The EU's goal for 2050 is to reduce emissions by at least 80% from the level of 1990.

11/20/2012
What’s next on the energy technology horizon?  Three new studies published in the current issue of Technology and Innovation – Proceedings of the National Academy of Inventors, innovators unveil creative technologies that could change our sources of energy, change our use of energy, and change our lives
11/15/2012
Green is becoming a major player in many industries, and that range now extends to the supercomputer.  Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Titan headlines the green supercomputer movement.
11/14/2012

While executives remained committed to incorporating sustainable building practices into their building programs, fewer said their companies were likely to seek LEED certification from the US Green Building Council when constructing a green building. 

11/13/2012

The only way to guarantee that energy in an enterprise is utilized as efficiently as possible is to monitor, measure and control not only the IT infrastructure, but also the building-management systems and industrial controls.

11/08/2012

Effective risk management is increasingly seen as an essential element of delivering successful projects. With a project risk management process and system, risks to the project can be identified early and minimized, and teams will be able to seize opportunities as they occur.

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