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Telecommuting is on the rise in the U.S.  A recent survey from Staples Advantage reveals some interesting facts, benefits, and tips about telecommuting strategies for your facility or building.  The data indicates that the telecommuting option may produce happier, more productive, loyal employees.


The Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul has been standing in Montreal’s Square Mile since 1931. At the time it was built, little or no consideration was given to the sustainability of the building materials. But when the roof needed renovating nearly 80 years later, times had changed.


Siemens announced Monday that facility managers still have time to win up to $25,000 in facility upgrades from the Siemens Smartest Building in America Challenge™.  


Water shortages may become a problem of the past.


Ohio, “Buckeye State” may soon become the “Solar State.”

Many solar companies, including Isofoton and First Solar Inc., have opened up solar operations within the state.

Researchers in California may have found a way to make wind farms more efficient.

This year marks the 109th anniversary of the invention of modern air conditioning by Dr. Willis H. Carrier, inventor and founder of Carrier Corp.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson announced today that the EPA is awarding more than $6.2 million in national environmental workforce development and green job training grants. 

Five energy companies announced their involvement in Troops to Energy Jobs, a program that will place returning war veterans into civilian jobs within the energy sector. 

A UN report claims that global investments in green energy are up 32%.
Next time your HVAC unit needs repair be sure to look into what you’re paying for. A recent study revealed that insurance claims submitted for damaged HVAC units were overpaid by 65% in the first half of 2011.
Toxic chemicals have been found in several buildings in Boston.
The first 10 companies and three U.S. cities have joined the US government’s energy efficiency Better Buildings Challenge.

The U.S. Department of Energy is partnering with the Danish wind developer Vestas and investing in efforts to improve the next generation of wind turbines.

Green facades and roofs have become a popular option for modern buildings.
U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today that six wind energy projects have been selected to receive nearly $7.5 million over two years.
As temperatures rise in the summer so will the level of bed bugs in commercial buildings.

Business Interiors by Staples, a B2B division of Staples, Inc., has compiled six cost-effective trends and tips to help educational facilities meet and exceed goals.


As the construction industry recovers from the Great Recession, and more builders resume operations, many will discover a changed world.


Survey results from Staples Advantage have been released regarding facility managers – more than 70% of today’s office workers recognize the role of facility managers in the workplace is changing and becoming increasingly strategic to the business.


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Sustainable design tied to strong financial performance.


Guidelines include short-term, long-term energy efficiency goals.


Lighting, acoustics rated as top concerns.