Industry News


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. 

Integrating biometrics with cards and/or smart cards is quickly becoming a more common solution.  There’s a very good reason. 
Cold and flu season is here, and with it comes sick days and potential losses in productivity from your building or facility. 

McGraw-Hill Construction has released its 2012 Dodge Construction Outlook, which predicts that overall U.S. construction starts for next year will remain flat.


Universities and colleges, offices and buildings, and private and public facilities alike are promoting commutes by bike as environmentally friendly and healthy transportation.  The lack of a practical, reliable way to tally bike trips has held back their efforts to provide incentives to encourage more biking. 

Facebook, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and Opower have announced a partnership to bring energy an energy management application to the social media environment. 

The EPA has responded to United Steelworker concerns and is planning to rewrite rules to allow alternative biomass fuels to be used in industrial, institutional, and commercial boilers.


Studies have estimated that converting manure from the 95 million animal units in the United States would produce renewable energy equal to 8 billion gallons of gasoline, or 1% of the total energy consumption in the nation.

If you spend any part of your day in a classroom environment or educational facility, your IQ may be under assault by poor indoor air quality (IAQ).
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized three facilities with the Energy Star Combined Heat and Power (CHP) award for demonstrating leadership and a commitment to protecting peoples’ health and the environment.

Eastern Illinois University (EIU) and Honeywell have unveiled the school's Renewable Energy Center (REC), one of the largest university biomass installations in the country.


Carpet extractor wand selection can be very important for your facility or building.  Allow your cleaners to do the job more effectively and prevent injuries by following these simple tips.


A new study released by McGraw-Hill Construction at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo this week reveals the green direction of design and construction jobs.  A full 35% of architects, engineers, and contractors (AEC) report having green jobs today for a total of 661,000 jobs.


In June, during this year’s NeoCon, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) introduced Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Pilot Credit 43, which applies to all Building Design and Construction and Interiors Design and Construction LEED rating systems.


Restrooms are getting retrofits.  In today’s economic climate, existing buildings are often the target for new restroom technology and design, especially larger facilities such as shopping centers, offices, airports, and hotels.  What restroom developments should building owners and facility managers expect on the horizon?


The findings of a new U.S. Forest Service study indicate that wood should factor as a primary building material in green building, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today.


Are next generation sustainable biofuels on the way courtesy of cheap sugar?  Walking into the office of Iowa State University’s Robert C. Brown reveals a small vial of brown, sweet-smelling liquid.

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