BUILDINGS - Smarter Facilities Management


LED lighting often manages to find its way into the facility management spotlight.  Scientists of KIT and the University of Toronto/Canada have now succeeded in manufacturing silicon-based light-emitting diodes (SiLEDs).
The number of safety incidents at processing plants has increased as the nation's refineries have aged. During the first two weeks of 2013, a total of 27 process safety incidents, including fires, leaks and fugitive emissions were reported at U.S. refineries.
In today’s financial environment developers and architects are discovering new ways to get projects off the ground.  Crowdfunding, the practice of investing in projects through the use of a crowd-supported web based fundraising campaign, may show significant promise for attracting investors.

Fire investigators determined the fire started when pyrotechnics used during the band’s performance ignited polyurethane foam that lined parts of the nightclub’s walls and ceilings. After ignition, the fire spread quickly along the ceiling and throughout the building. Within seconds, conditions in the building became deadly and flames were observed breaking through the roof in less than five minutes after the fire started.


Electric vehicles, charging stations, and EV accommodations are all on the facility management radar moving into 2013. Late last night, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, released a blog post that disputes New York Times writer John Broder’s review of the Tesla Model S electric car.


Our nation is slowly but surely overcoming the economic slump of the Great Recession, which is good news for the construction industry. The financial crisis has impacted our industry, and for many, the last several years have been tough.  


Outages rank high on the list of facility management nightmares. What if your facility is the Mercedes-Benz Superdome? What if the Super Bowl is being played?  Today the source of the outage has been identified.


What are the top jobs in facility management?  Facilities management job titles can vary as widely as a facilities manager’s responsibilities (for that topic, see What Does a Facility Manager Manage?). Perhaps that’s why the salary of a career in facility management can range from $56,689 at the 10th percentile to $105,056 at the 90th percentile with a median of $80,780

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has posted the second year of greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions data on its website, which provides public access to emissions data by sector, by greenhouse gas, and by geographic region such as county or state.


Tsunamis can strike with little warning. In those cases, when there is no time to flee, there may still be time to reach higher ground, called vertical evacuation.

But as you race to the third floor, how do you know if the building will hold up? Walls of water are not the only danger. Another potentially lethal challenge is water-driven debris - such as 60,000-pound fully loaded cargo containers - transformed into projectiles.


More than 150 HVAC and Automation Control executives gathered at the Control Trends Awards luncheon on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, to recognize and honor the finalists and winners of the 2012 Control Trend Awards (CTAs), a first-of-its-kind event established by the industry for the industry.


Facilities professionals often choose not to invest in energy-efficiency upgrades because of high perceived upfront costs. But if you’re armed with the right information, you’ll see that energy savings, rebates, and incentives can make funding a green retrofit project more realistic.


Conducting risk analysis before submitting a bid on a new project does more than save your team time, effort, and resources down the line. Risk analysis can make the difference between winning and losing profitable projects.

Solar energy is getting cheaper.  Solar energy is getting more efficient.  In the facility management and building world today, it’s almost impossible to maneuver without hearing about the benefits of “the one” renewable energy.  Everyday new technology updates and manufacturing techniques are emerging that may place solar squarely on top of the sustainable soiree
We’ve come to expect automatic doors in many types of facilities.  Grocery stores, hotels, hospitals, airports and convenience stores are all commonly associated with the automatic door.  But automatic doors can add convenience, cost savings and an enhanced sense of customer service in many other types of buildings as well.

How does your state stack up?  The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released its annual list of the top 10 states for new LEED certifications in 2012, highlighting those regions that are transforming buildings and communities across the country.


How’s your facility looking this flu season? According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this year’s flu season is shaping up to become the worst the United States has seen in a decade, with levels tipping to “epidemic” proportions. Studies show that the flu costs businesses approximately $7 billion per year due to the nearly 111 million work days lost. Norovirus cases are also on the rise this season, and the CDC reports that foodborne norovirus illness accounts for $2 billion in lost productivity and healthcare costs each year.


Facilities must report their toxic chemical releases to EPA under the Federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) by the beginning of July each year.

Heard about FIPEL?  Well, it looks like LED may have new possibilities as well.  LEDs are known for their energy efficiency and durability, but the bluish, cold light of current white LEDs has precluded their widespread use for indoor lighting.

Spending on energy efficiency programs funded by electric and natural gas utility customers will double by 2025 to about $9.5 billion per year, according to projections published today by researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab).

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