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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).


As facility managers and building owners prepare for another year of green pushes and renewable energy options, has research determined a winner in the photovoltaic vs. biofuel energy battle?


Solar manufacturers are constantly facing hurdles in order to provide more affordable photovoltaic (PV) options.  As pressure builds on both manufactures to create cheaper options and on facilities and buildings to embrace renewable energy, new advances continue to present opportunities.


The Colorado study marks one of the first times that the operational and capacity value of CSP with thermal storage has been evaluated using a production cost model, a traditional utility planning tool.

The Annual Energy Outlook 2013 (AEO2013) Reference case released today by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) presents updated projections for U.S. energy markets through 2040. These projections include only the effects of policies that have been implemented in law or final regulations

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?

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