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The Department of Energy has announced a $9 million investment in building envelope technology.  Areas of focus include high-performance windows, roofs, and heating and cooling equipment.


The paper industry and construction industry have intersected to create a bold new brick.  As we’ve seen in other recent industry innovations, this brick could have considerable economic and environmental implications.

2013 is almost here.  Are you ready with a handful of facility management resolutions? What changes will you make in 2013?  Where’s the value?

Are you ready for the New Year?  2013 Is poised to be a year of recovery for facility management.  As technology opens up new opportunities and ways to impact the bottom line, savvy FMs will be leading the way toward sustainable and affordable solutions.  Check out the top 10 BUILDINGS magazine articles from 2012:

Fine particle pollution can penetrate deep into the lungs and has been linked to a broad range of serious health problems, including premature death, heart attacks, and strokes, acute bronchitis, and aggravated asthma among children.

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced seven offshore wind awards for projects in Maine, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Texas and Virginia.


Ever thought about public health as a design challenge?  City and town designs can change the way people interact and participate in day-to-day activities and experiences, with architects and architecture building a framework for healthier living.


Facilities and buildings have recently experienced a dramatic shift in solar and photovoltaic pricing, allowing renewed consideration of one of the most popular renewable energy options.  But could that price drop extend to the homeowner market and act as a catalyst for a true solar surge?


Occupational hazards are often accepted as inherent risks of the construction industry, but that doesn’t mean they have to stay that way forever.  New technology may offer safer options through design itself.

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.

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