Lafarge North America, Inc., a supplier of construction materials in the United States and Canada, has agreed to resolve alleged Clean Water Act Violations to the tune of a $740,000 penalty.  Alleged violations include unpermitted discharge of stormwater at 21 stone, gravel, sand, asphalt and ready-mix concrete facilities in Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, and New York.


A Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) study can be a useful way to identify improvements to a product or process.  Essentially the goal of LCA is to compare the full range of effects to provide a sound basis for reducing a product or process’s impact on the environment. But how effective are LCA studies when applied to building codes?


ASHRAE has announced an upcoming conference focusing on the industry’s ability to accurately model and simulate building energy use.  ASHRAE’s Energy Modeling Conference – Tools for Designing High Performance Buildings will take place on Oct 1-3 2012 in Atlanta, GA.


The DOE and the EPA have released the 2012 Fuel Economy Guide to assist with selection of energy efficient vehicles that save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  With a plethora of new advanced technology vehicles available on the 2012 fuel economy performers, 2012 brings new vehicle options in conventional gasoline models and clean diesels.


The City of Seattle will send letters to the owners of 8,000 buildings this week informing them of its new building energy-efficiency program. The program aims to help building owners and managers reduce their energy costs through benchmarking. By benchmarking, building owners and facility managers get insight into how their building uses and wastes energy, allowing them to improve efficiency and increase savings.


It’s clear – cleaner air in our schools is a necessary component for students’ success. But cleaner, healthier air may not be as simple as A-B-C.


Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) has released its 2012 economic forecast for the U.S. commercial and industrial construction industry.  No surprise here – the forecast looks slow. ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu examines the situation:


Consumers and professionals alike are turning more frequently to the Web to explore products, pricing and potential purchases. As e-commerce becomes more ubiquitous across all facets of life, facility managers are looking to business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce sites to provide the same navigation, search and product features of a consumer site along with the professional products and solutions for their job.


Could assembly-line techniques have value for your data center needs?  A new report from The Green Grid reveals there may be efficient, economical options in the world of modular data centers through the application of assembly-line techniques.


ASHRAE has released updated guidance for best practices, planning, and implementation of energy auditing with the second edition of “Procedures for Commercial Building Energy Audits”. 


A national survey commissioned by Sealed Air’s Diversey business finds that 70% of U.S. adults agree – environmental certification of a company facility would enhance their opinion of the business.


I had a rare opportunity to experience my very first earthquake recently in New York City. While on the 11th floor in a client’s building, a swaying motion began. I didn’t initially react because I thought I was becoming woozy. About 30 seconds passed, and the woman next to me said, “Did you feel that?”


As winter storms and freezing temperatures loom on the horizon, it’s time for any facility manager or building owner to ask the question – Is my roof ready for this?


United Continental Holdings announced that its subsidiary Continental Airlines will be operating the first U.S. commercial flight powered by advanced biofuels – and it takes off today.


LEED 2012, the newest update to LEED, includes an emphasis on transparency and ongoing operational excellence, as well as new credits and revised point values that reflect changes in technology and USGBC member priorities.


The EPA has announced the winner of the 2011 Energy Star National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings.   The University of Central Florida has emerged victorious in a contest featuring 245 buildings from across the country, fighting to reduce costs, protect health and the environment, and save energy.


Is your facility prepared to weather the winter storm?  Power loss, cold temperatures, snow, wind, ice, and a host of other potential problems need to be considered and addressed now to ensure your facility will run safe and smooth through the winter season.


115,500 structure fires occur annually in non-residential properties according to NFPA estimates – Do you have the best practices in place for when fire strikes?  These fires account for $3.1 billion in direct property damage.

A recent survey titled 2011 State of Communications Services in Commercial Real Estate for which Comcast polled nearly 500 BOMA (Building Owners and Managers Association) members revealed that high-speed networks are a top priority for building tenants – and quickly becoming the norm. 

When evaluating the security risk for a car bomber or crasher for a given facility, focus on the weights and velocities of vehicles that could be used to attempt penetration into sensitive areas.