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DecaBDE is a common flame retardant used in electronics, vehicles, and building materials. It can cause adverse developmental effects, can persist in the environment and can bioaccumulate in people and animals.

One of the key points?  U.S. hoteliers expect pricier rates for travelers ahead of the fall travel season, as nearly half (47%) expect rates to go up higher this year compared to the same time last year, while only 16% expect comparatively lower rates.

Is your facility beating the heat? Record temperatures have sent guests and visitors scurrying to buildings and facilities for refuge.  Higher temperatures can mean more than just oppressive heat and humidity – they can also create less than pleasant odors.

According to Paul Curtis, B.C.E., Director, National Accounts Service Quality for Terminix, universities and colleges throughout the country are being challenged with bed bug activity -- many getting un-wanted media attention as a result.   He offers the following observations on what facility managers can do to address parents’ and students’ growing focus on bed bugs and dormitory living


Electric vehicles (EVs) are quickly making their way onto our roadways, especially in major cities. It’s time for property owners to take action and become EV ready. According to auto industry analyst Pike Research cumulative sales of plug-in electric vehicles will reach 5.2 million units by 2017, up from just under 114,000 vehicles in 2011 with sales concentrated primarily in and around urban centers. Over the next few years, experts agree there will be a rapid acceleration in the number of EV drivers.


The researchers have created a bridge health index, a rating system that more accurately describes the amount of damage in a bridge. The health index can extend beyond bridges and apply to other structures, such as gas pipelines, dams, buildings and airplanes.


The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) saw more poor conditions in June, indicating a drop in design activity at U.S. architecture firms, and suggesting upcoming weakness in spending on nonresidential construction projects.


It started as an invention to control humidity in a New York printing plant in 1902 and turned into technology that forever changed the way people around the world live, work and play. July 17th marks the 110th anniversary of the invention of modern air conditioning by Dr. Willis H. Carrier, inventor and founder of Carrier.


These upgrades will make both landmarks safer for millions of visitors each year while maintaining their important historical aspects. Fenway Park’s fire alarm, life safety and sprinkler systems were upgraded while the Statue of Liberty received enhancements to its staircases and foundation.

Polyisocynaurate insulation is one of the more commonly used insulation types in the roofing industry. Most manufacturers of polyisocyanurate insulation use the long-term thermal resistance (LTTR) method of determination. LTTR method is defined by ASTM C1303, “Standard Test Method for Predicting Long-Term Thermal Resistance of Closed-Cell Foam Insulation.”

Are biofuels the emerging energy source of choice?  A new biofuel production process created by Michigan State University researchers produces energy more than 20 times higher than existing methods.  A process like this one could drastically reduce energy costs for a variety of industries.

Solar power and renewable energy sources are rapidly becoming accepted solutions in the global marketplace.  Solar power accounted for 10% of Germany's total electricity production in May, an increase of 40% from the previous year

Following up a Bureau of Labor Statistics employment report which highlighted the addition of 111,000 construction jobs in June, LIUNA (Laborers' International Union of North America) joined President Obama on Friday at the signing ceremony for a new jobs-creating Highway Bill.

The challenges faced by the facility manager may sometimes seem insurmountable. We are constantly asked to provide excellent service with diminishing resources. In addition, we must adopt sustainable practices in an effort to protect our environment. Prior to the early 1980’s the cost of electricity and fuel was very manageable. Facility managers did not use terms like “benchmarking”, or “sustainability”.

Not only are buildings consuming more and more electricity, emitting greater levels of carbon dioxide, and wasting more water, fewer and fewer occupants are actually using energy efficiently in their daily operations. While the trend’s negative impact on the environment is clear, the impact on commercial building owners is a far more complex discussion.


The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International has announced the release of Where America Goes to Work: The Contribution of Office Building Operations to the Economy, 2012, which details the impact of commercial office space on the national and local economies. The report shows that the short- and long-term expenditures that sustain office building operations—management, maintenance, repairs, building services and utilities—generate significant, continuous and growing expenditures that support local businesses, create job demand and contribute significantly to U.S. gross domestic product (GDP).


Check out the differences when it comes to ROI, insulating performance, and the installation process to see which option will work best for your building and its occupants.


Bedbugs: 70% commercial, 30% residential.


Scientists have concluded that the larger the wind turbine, the greener the electricity it produces. Their report appears in ACS' journal Environmental Science & Technology.  This study could solidify the trend toward construction of larger wind turbines.


'Green grabbing' - the rapidly-growing appropriation of land and resources in the name of 'green ' biofuels, carbon offsetting schemes, conservation efforts and eco-tourism initiatives – is forcing people from their homelands and increasing poverty, new research has found.

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