Industry News

11/17/2011

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) has released its 2012 economic forecast for the U.S. commercial and industrial construction industry.  No surprise here – the forecast looks slow. ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu examines the situation:

11/16/2011

Consumers and professionals alike are turning more frequently to the Web to explore products, pricing and potential purchases. As e-commerce becomes more ubiquitous across all facets of life, facility managers are looking to business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce sites to provide the same navigation, search and product features of a consumer site along with the professional products and solutions for their job.

11/15/2011

Could assembly-line techniques have value for your data center needs?  A new report from The Green Grid reveals there may be efficient, economical options in the world of modular data centers through the application of assembly-line techniques.

11/14/2011

ASHRAE has released updated guidance for best practices, planning, and implementation of energy auditing with the second edition of “Procedures for Commercial Building Energy Audits”. 

11/10/2011

A national survey commissioned by Sealed Air’s Diversey business finds that 70% of U.S. adults agree – environmental certification of a company facility would enhance their opinion of the business.

11/09/2011

I had a rare opportunity to experience my very first earthquake recently in New York City. While on the 11th floor in a client’s building, a swaying motion began. I didn’t initially react because I thought I was becoming woozy. About 30 seconds passed, and the woman next to me said, “Did you feel that?”

11/08/2011

As winter storms and freezing temperatures loom on the horizon, it’s time for any facility manager or building owner to ask the question – Is my roof ready for this?

11/07/2011

United Continental Holdings announced that its subsidiary Continental Airlines will be operating the first U.S. commercial flight powered by advanced biofuels – and it takes off today.

11/04/2011

LEED 2012, the newest update to LEED, includes an emphasis on transparency and ongoing operational excellence, as well as new credits and revised point values that reflect changes in technology and USGBC member priorities.

11/03/2011

The EPA has announced the winner of the 2011 Energy Star National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings.   The University of Central Florida has emerged victorious in a contest featuring 245 buildings from across the country, fighting to reduce costs, protect health and the environment, and save energy.

11/02/2011

Is your facility prepared to weather the winter storm?  Power loss, cold temperatures, snow, wind, ice, and a host of other potential problems need to be considered and addressed now to ensure your facility will run safe and smooth through the winter season.

10/28/2011

115,500 structure fires occur annually in non-residential properties according to NFPA estimates – Do you have the best practices in place for when fire strikes?  These fires account for $3.1 billion in direct property damage.

10/27/2011
A recent survey titled 2011 State of Communications Services in Commercial Real Estate for which Comcast polled nearly 500 BOMA (Building Owners and Managers Association) members revealed that high-speed networks are a top priority for building tenants – and quickly becoming the norm. 
10/25/2011
 

When evaluating the security risk for a car bomber or crasher for a given facility, focus on the weights and velocities of vehicles that could be used to attempt penetration into sensitive areas. 

10/24/2011
Integrating biometrics with cards and/or smart cards is quickly becoming a more common solution.  There’s a very good reason. 
10/20/2011
Cold and flu season is here, and with it comes sick days and potential losses in productivity from your building or facility. 
10/19/2011

McGraw-Hill Construction has released its 2012 Dodge Construction Outlook, which predicts that overall U.S. construction starts for next year will remain flat.

10/18/2011

Universities and colleges, offices and buildings, and private and public facilities alike are promoting commutes by bike as environmentally friendly and healthy transportation.  The lack of a practical, reliable way to tally bike trips has held back their efforts to provide incentives to encourage more biking. 

10/17/2011
Facebook, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and Opower have announced a partnership to bring energy an energy management application to the social media environment. 
10/14/2011

The EPA has responded to United Steelworker concerns and is planning to rewrite rules to allow alternative biomass fuels to be used in industrial, institutional, and commercial boilers.

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