Industry News

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.

10/13/2011

Studies have estimated that converting manure from the 95 million animal units in the United States would produce renewable energy equal to 8 billion gallons of gasoline, or 1% of the total energy consumption in the nation.

10/12/2011
If you spend any part of your day in a classroom environment or educational facility, your IQ may be under assault by poor indoor air quality (IAQ).
10/11/2011
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized three facilities with the Energy Star Combined Heat and Power (CHP) award for demonstrating leadership and a commitment to protecting peoples’ health and the environment.
10/07/2011

Eastern Illinois University (EIU) and Honeywell have unveiled the school's Renewable Energy Center (REC), one of the largest university biomass installations in the country.

10/06/2011

Carpet extractor wand selection can be very important for your facility or building.  Allow your cleaners to do the job more effectively and prevent injuries by following these simple tips.

10/05/2011

A new study released by McGraw-Hill Construction at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo this week reveals the green direction of design and construction jobs.  A full 35% of architects, engineers, and contractors (AEC) report having green jobs today for a total of 661,000 jobs.

10/04/2011

In June, during this year’s NeoCon, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) introduced Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Pilot Credit 43, which applies to all Building Design and Construction and Interiors Design and Construction LEED rating systems.

10/03/2011

Restrooms are getting retrofits.  In today’s economic climate, existing buildings are often the target for new restroom technology and design, especially larger facilities such as shopping centers, offices, airports, and hotels.  What restroom developments should building owners and facility managers expect on the horizon?

09/30/2011

The findings of a new U.S. Forest Service study indicate that wood should factor as a primary building material in green building, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today.

09/29/2011

Are next generation sustainable biofuels on the way courtesy of cheap sugar?  Walking into the office of Iowa State University’s Robert C. Brown reveals a small vial of brown, sweet-smelling liquid.

09/28/2011

A recent survey of commercial property owners and building managers reveals some mindblowing insights regarding tenant desires.  A massive 90% of commercial property owners and building managers place high-speed network connections above gyms, cafeterias, and other amentities as one of the highest ranking priorities for tenants.

09/27/2011

The installed cost of solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems in the United States fell substantially in 2010 and into the first half of 2011, according to the latest edition of an annual PV cost tracking report released by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab).

09/26/2011

Bedbugs have become a serious problem in hospitality facilities and buildings across the U.S., and facility managers and building owners should take the proper precautions when utilizing solutions to these difficult to deal with pests.  A disturbing debilitating trend is the use of harmful pesticides to combat these creatures.

09/23/2011
When it comes to common workplace emergencies, being prepared can go a long way toward protecting yourself and your employees.  Is your facility prepared to handle a common disaster? 
09/22/2011

Walmart has announced plans to install solar panels on up to 60 additional stores in California, expanding the company’s solar portfolio to 75% of state locations. This makes California the first state in the U.S. to receive this level of commitment from Walmart’s renewable energy practices.

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