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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.

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.

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.
Field-induced polymer electroluminescent (FIPEL) technology is coming, and could be in your facility or building as early as next year.

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.

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

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.


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.


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.


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.

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.

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.

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
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.

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. 


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.


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.


Is your facility ready to handle flu season?  Think again - The U.S. Department of Health estimates that five to 20% of Americans will contract the flu each year, with more than 200,000 hospitalized for flu-related complications.


The question is paradoxical in nature, because although the answer is simple and finite in one regard – i.e., “the facility” – it is actually vast and seemingly endless.

As budgets continue to tighten, and with increasing regulations dictating decisions, it is helpful to analyze the wide-reaching responsibilities of facilities management teams.


Malaysia's ambition for the massive new Iskandar development: a model of sustainable development and an economic hub in league with Hong Kong and neighboring Singapore.

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