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Updated position on design of fire protection systems

Fire protection systems – including fire detection, alarm and suppression systems – play a significant role in safeguarding the health, safety, and welfare of the public. As such, it is essential for fire protection systems to be designed by qualified professionals. Because of industry-wide concerns over the inconsistencies in state and local engineering regulations regarding the qualifications for those who design fire protection... ...Read More...

From the residential world: built in less than an hour

On Saturday, November 19, Architect Dante Bini will attempt to build a four-ton, 600 square foot house through the use of robots alone. Spurred by the recent Asian tsunami, New Orleans, Pakistan earthquake catastrophes, Bini has developed a super-low-cost self-erecting house that can be constructed in less than an hour and can be easily moved from location to location enabling emergency workers to build an entire temporary city in days. This... ...Read More...

New tool for safety management

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) has available for sale the newly approved American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z10 standard, which helps organizations integrate occupational safety and health management into their overall business practices. Recently approved by ANSI, the Z10 general consensus standard Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems was developed by a committee of experts representing business, labor,... ...Read More...

The link between mold and asthma

Two landmark studies released earlier this year provide the first solid evidence that damp buildings and exposure to indoor mold growth are risk factors for developing asthma and not just in making asthma symptoms worse. These studies are highlighted in a free new report titled, Asthma and Damp Buildings: Making the Connection. The results from these studies indicate that the risk for developing asthma appears higher for, but is not limited to,... ...Read More...

Illness cited as top reason for home-based workers

In a survey of over 1,000 home-based customer service workers, over one-fourth of them had a major illness or a major illness in their family that prevented them from working a traditional office job. However, they were able to continue to work as home-based agents. Specifically asked participants to answer the following question.While working as a home-based agent, have you or a family member suffered from a major illness that would have... ...Read More...

Highlights of the Louisiana Recovery and Rebuilding Conference

The Louisiana Recovery and Rebuilding Conference has been taking place over the past few days. The conference is presented by The American Institute of Architects (AIA) in collaboration with the American Planning Association (APA) and co-sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NHTP) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The following essential points emerged from presentations on 11/10/05: 1) Louisiana needs a... ...Read More...

Friday Funny: A Maintenance Aria? (I don’t make this stuff up)

To spread the message to the world to work against the Maintenance Crisis, Joel Leonard enlisted David Holley, Director of Opera at the famed University of North Carolina Greensboro’s Music School to record an operatic version. Leonard, also known as the Maintenance Evangelist, wrote the original version in October of 2002 after attending an Engineering Conference in Nashville, TN. After hearing hundreds of facilities engineering executives... ...Read More...

Friday Funny: A Maintenance Aria? (I don't make this stuff up)

To spread the message to the world to work against the Maintenance Crisis, Joel Leonard enlisted David Holley, Director of Opera at the famed University of North Carolina Greensboro’s Music School to record an operatic version. Leonard, also known as the Maintenance Evangelist, wrote the original version in October of 2002 after attending an Engineering Conference in Nashville, TN. After hearing hundreds of facilities engineering executives... ...Read More...

The world of Greenbuild

After arriving at Greenbuild this morning, I attended a portion of an educational session dedicated to a subject near and dear to the hearts of many facility managers–green product selection. The panelists all agreed that the numerous lists, regulations, tools, etc. are overwhelming, and even made the suggestion to use LEED as a measurement stick rather than a design tool. The mixed messages and the greenwashing associated with product... ...Read More...

Building in the aftermath

The National Building Museum will sponsor a series of educational sessions exploring the impact of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita on architecture, engineering, preservation, and urbanism. The first presentation will be given on Monday, November 14. America faces unprecedented challenges as it preserves, restores, and where necessary, rebuilds New Orleans and the Gulf Coast after the destruction of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Many complex... ...Read More...