Industry News

05/08/2013
A longtime concern of the facility manager, electrical fires are a persistent issue for home structures and buildings. 

The Home Electrical Fires report estimates that an electrical failure or malfunction factored in 45,000 to 55,000 home structure fires reported to the U.S. fire departments every year since 2000.

05/06/2013

An old microwave oven headed for the dumpster may lead to significant developments on the solar energy front.  Sometimes, truth is stranger than fiction.

05/01/2013
Do You Smell That? Odor complaints are the most challenging problems I am asked to solve as an Indoor Air Quality Professional.  Often only one or two of the building’s occupants out of 50 or 100 can detect the odor
04/29/2013
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the winner of its third-annual Energy Star National Building Competition. More than 3,000 schools, businesses, and government buildings across the country competed to see which could reduce its energy use the most in one year—and a New Jersey elementary school emerged victorious.

04/25/2013
The microbial population in the air of the New York City subway system is nearly identical to that of ambient air on the city streets.
04/25/2013

The United States ranked first among 21 countries most actively using the tax code to influence sustainable corporate activity, according to the inaugural edition of the KPMG Green Tax Index, reflecting the country's extensive and long-established program of federal tax incentives for energy generally, including specific incentives for energy efficiency, renewable energy and green buildings.

04/24/2013

Let this stat sink in: 98% of lamp's energy goes to lighting the street instead of the night sky

Streetlights illuminate the night, shining upon roadways and sidewalks across the world, but these ubiquitous elements of the urban environment are notoriously inefficient and major contributors to light pollution that washes out the night sky. Recent innovations in light emitting diodes (LEDs) have improved the energy efficiency of streetlights, but, until now, their glow still wastefully radiated beyond the intended area.

04/23/2013
The results indicated that crew size plays the biggest role in the ability to extinguish fires quickly; simply adding two additional members to a three- or four-person team of firefighters can have a drastic impact on the time it takes to extinguish a fire, the study found.

04/22/2013
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Green Power Partnership has released an updated list of the Top 50 organizations that are choosing to use electricity from clean, renewable sources.

04/19/2013

Contractors are reporting high use of safety practices, but fully-inclusive programs are not yet taking place in smaller firms, according to a new study by McGraw-Hill Construction on safety management in the construction industry. Can smaller firms just not afford the same safety commitments?  Are the solutions available and affordable?

04/18/2013
Kelly Blue Book (KBB) has released its list of best green cars for 2013.  With electric vehicles, renewable energy, and sustainability constantly appearing on every facility manager’s menu at the moment, these vehicle options may be worthy to note.  Is it time to start preparing your parking structures and facilities to handle the influx of green options?
04/17/2013

This is an interesting development as news from the industry during recent economic times can be less than promising.  Could this be a sign of an industry bounceback?

04/17/2013

This is an interesting statistic, one that may be mirrored in the facility management industry on a much larger scale.

04/16/2013
The chance of infection in some hospital wards varies dramatically according to whether the nurses leave the windows open.
04/10/2013
New research has revealed that the use of Antimicrobial Copper surfaces in hospital rooms can reduce the number of healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) by 58% as compared to patients treated in Intensive Care Units with non-copper touch surfaces.
04/10/2013

The machine is more than 400 feet long and weighs more than 1323 tons. It will dig the Blue Plains Tunnel, which is a portion of DC Water's Clean River Project to significantly reduce combined sewer overflows (CSOs) and improve water quality in the District of Columbia.

04/08/2013
MCR Development and The Brodsky Organization have announced the debut of The High Line Hotel, scheduled to soft-open in May 2013.
04/08/2013
The rapid growth of the solar power industry over the past decade may have exacerbated the global warming situation it was meant to soothe, simply because most of the energy used to manufacture the millions of solar panels came from burning fossil fuels.
04/04/2013

According to a new report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the potential engineering performance, energy-efficiency and environmental benefits make greening concrete a challenge worth tackling.

04/02/2013
While the term is quite familiar and understood by many in the carpet cleaning industry, building owners and managers may be less familiar with what “low moisture” carpet cleaning is all about.

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