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02/08/2013

Outages rank high on the list of facility management nightmares. What if your facility is the Mercedes-Benz Superdome? What if the Super Bowl is being played?  Today the source of the outage has been identified.

02/07/2013

What are the top jobs in facility management?  Facilities management job titles can vary as widely as a facilities manager’s responsibilities (for that topic, see What Does a Facility Manager Manage?). Perhaps that’s why the salary of a career in facility management can range from $56,689 at the 10th percentile to $105,056 at the 90th percentile with a median of $80,780

02/06/2013
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has posted the second year of greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions data on its website, which provides public access to emissions data by sector, by greenhouse gas, and by geographic region such as county or state.

02/05/2013

Tsunamis can strike with little warning. In those cases, when there is no time to flee, there may still be time to reach higher ground, called vertical evacuation.

But as you race to the third floor, how do you know if the building will hold up? Walls of water are not the only danger. Another potentially lethal challenge is water-driven debris - such as 60,000-pound fully loaded cargo containers - transformed into projectiles.

02/04/2013

More than 150 HVAC and Automation Control executives gathered at the Control Trends Awards luncheon on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, to recognize and honor the finalists and winners of the 2012 Control Trend Awards (CTAs), a first-of-its-kind event established by the industry for the industry.

02/01/2013

Facilities professionals often choose not to invest in energy-efficiency upgrades because of high perceived upfront costs. But if you’re armed with the right information, you’ll see that energy savings, rebates, and incentives can make funding a green retrofit project more realistic.

01/31/2013

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.

01/28/2013
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
01/24/2013
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.
01/23/2013

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.

01/22/2013

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.

01/21/2013

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.

01/18/2013
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.
01/18/2013

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).

01/17/2013

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?

01/16/2013

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.

01/08/2013

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.

01/03/2013
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
12/31/2012

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.

12/19/2012

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.

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