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With the worst of Hurricane Sandy now passing the eastern seaboard, Entergy's Indian Point Energy Center and James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in New York, Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Massachusetts and Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant in Vermont have all safely endured the storm.  Did the grid hold? Are there lessons for facility managers and building owners here as well?


In the wake of Hurricane Sandy’s landfall, more than 650,000 customers in New York City and Westchester County lost electrical power, Con Edison said early today.  Natural disasters of this nature can be devastating and create serious challenges for facility managers and building owners to endure.


How are things shaping up on the energy front?  Facility managers and building owners keeping track of energy possibilities in the renewable and alternative categories, take note.


Employing a method called impact-echo testing, professors Brian Mazzeo and Spencer Guthrie have determined a way to diagnose the health of a bridge’s deck based on the acoustic footprint produced by a little bit of water.

Pharmaceutical company Novartis has called for construction of the largest transparent photovoltaic roof in the U.S.  Sunways AG will be supplying over 161,000 monocrystalline, semitransparent design solar cells (5 x 5 inch / 125 x 125 mm) for the project in East Hanover, NJ. They will be installed in 820 bespoke glass modules.
Are we experiencing a slow recovery? Is it time to panic? The design and construction industry, still devastated from the real estate crash, could face another $2 billion in lost work

The EPA has awarded $30 million for clean diesel products.  The Diesel Emission Reduction Program, also known as DERA, is designed to replace, retrofit or repower older diesel-powered engines like marine vessels, locomotives, trucks and buses.


Sandia National Laboratories has published the second annual Wind Plant Reliability Benchmark.  The results detail the wind industry’s performance, vulnerabilities, and productivity.

Earth Rangers — the kids' conservation organization dedicated to educating millions of children across Canada about the importance of protecting biodiversity

A research report from the Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM) shows that retail facilities managers navigated through a rapid succession of changes during 2012.


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has presented the 12th annual Green Power Leadership Awards to 24 Green Power Partners and three suppliers for achievements in advancing the U.S. renewable electricity market.


Europe accounted for two thirds of the world-wide newly installed photovoltaic (PV) capacity in 2011, with 18.5 GW. Its overall PV capacity totaled 52 GW.


The project also focuses on accessibility and visitor comfort. A new heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system creates a more comfortable environment as visitors ascend or descend the stairs. 

To design these new features within the pedestal’s limited space, M+Sa used three-dimensional building information modeling (BIM) and laser scanning technology. 

Architects, engineers and contractors have long embraced BIM, but ultimately the BIM models they create will belong to the building owners. As such, it is imperative that they have organizational processes and technology-enabled tools to facilitate the transfer of information from design and construction to operations.

Does your education facility have a plan in place for a bioterrorism attack, outbreak, or pandemic?  St. Louis University researchers say that many U.S. school facilities are not prepared for these occurrences, despite recent incidents like the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic.

The unique facility looks, feels, and functions like an actual house, and has been built to U.S. Green Building Council LEED Platinum standards—the highest standard for sustainable structures
Researchers have developed a new kind of security system - woven fabric that triggers an alarm when penetrated by intruders. The smart fabric enables the exact location of the break-in to be identified, and is significantly cheaper than other burglary detection systems.

A UCLA-led study has found that companies that voluntarily adopt international "green" practices and standards have employees who are 16% more productive than the average.


The design of the fuel cell meant that the bacteria, which used the DDGS for growth, were physically separated from their oxygen supply. This meant that the bacteria were forced into sending electrons around a circuit leading to a supply of oxygen. By tapping into this electron flow, electricity could be generated from the waste.

Facility managers, it’s time to get plans together that will ensure that school hallways, classrooms, and restrooms stay pristine beyond the first day of classes.

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