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15 product standards updated

The Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) has issued revised editions of Standards-at-a-Glance, offering free-of-charge, uniform versions of 15 product standards. ANSI/BHMA standards establish requirements that precisely define the appropriate operation, performance characteristics, physical properties, test values, usage parameters, safety criteria, etc. of specific types of builders hardware products. Standards-at-a-Glance provide... ...Read More...

Implications of indoor airborne contaminants

InformeDesign® has launched Implications, a newsletter that investigates the effect of construction-based indoor airborne contaminants on occupant health, comfort, and productivity. This report was written by William J. Angell, a professor at the University of Minnesota and director of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Indoor Air Quality Project (IAQ). According to Angell, research on indoor pollutant sources originally centered... ...Read More...

Wearily waiting for Wilma

Florida is bracing itself for Hurricane Wilma, predicted to make landfall on Sunday (10/23). Facility professionals in the area have a significant amount of time to prepare, and in a post-Katrina world, many are taking the threat seriously. For property owners preparing for and later recovering from Hurricane Wilma, Disaster Kleenup International, Inc., (DKI) has created an informational Web site offering valuable resources to help minimize... ...Read More...

Friday Funny: How many electricians does it take to change a lightbulb?

Yes, the old joke has a new twist, thanks to a safety ruling from the European Union. As a result of the EU’s Working at Heights Directive, four electricians had to be called in by Father Anthony Sutch to change bulbs at St. Benet’s Church in Beccles, Suffolk (UK). This item from Reuters explains, Because safety regulations deemed the church ceiling too high for a ladder, scaffolding had to be erected for a lengthy and costly... ...Read More...

New interoperability guidelines from LONMARK International

Earlier this month, LONMARK International announced the release of Version 3.4 of the LONMARK Interoperability Guidelines, making it easier to install open, interoperable devices. The Guidelines include support for self-installed devices and networks further extending the reach of LONMARK certification into consumer products, industrial automation, and other machine-to-machine (M2M) applications. Recognizing the need for small, simple networks... ...Read More...

Tax deductions awarded for energy efficient lighting upgrades

Check out this interesting article on the financial incentives created by the Energy Policy Act of 2005. This information comes to facility managers courtesy of lighting expert Craig... ...Read More...

Web Exclusive: The necessity of fire sprinkler upgrades (CASE STUDY INCLUDED)

This exclusive article was submitted by SimplexGrinnell Compliance with Nursing Home Sprinkler Law Achieved In 2003, fire safety in nursing homes came to the forefront as a pressing state and national issue. That year, in two separate fatal events in Connecticut and Tennessee, 31 deaths occurred, starkly illustrating the need for improved fire safety systems in health care facilities catering to the elderly. Sixteen people perished in the... ...Read More...

Five “Fellows” from IFMA

The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) has selected five members for its 2005 Class of IFMA Fellows. This year Jeffery L. Campbell, Ph.D., IFMA Fellow; Christopher P. Hodges, CFM, PE, RRC, LEED AP, IFMA Fellow; Guy Thatcher, CMC, IFMA Fellow; Meredith Thatcher, CFM, CFMJ, IFMA Fellow; and Frederick P. Weiss, CFM, IFMA Fellow; bring the number of IFMA Fellows to 65. The IFMA Fellowship program was established to create an elite... ...Read More...

Five "Fellows" from IFMA

The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) has selected five members for its 2005 Class of IFMA Fellows. This year Jeffery L. Campbell, Ph.D., IFMA Fellow; Christopher P. Hodges, CFM, PE, RRC, LEED AP, IFMA Fellow; Guy Thatcher, CMC, IFMA Fellow; Meredith Thatcher, CFM, CFMJ, IFMA Fellow; and Frederick P. Weiss, CFM, IFMA Fellow; bring the number of IFMA Fellows to 65. The IFMA Fellowship program was established to create an elite... ...Read More...

November 1 SMART© Public Meeting in Dallas

Interested flooring purchasers are invited to attend the November 1 SMART© Public Meeting, which will be held from 2:00 – 5:00. The goal of the meeting is to solicit comments on the SMART© Draft Sustainable/EPP Flooring Standard© before it is Balloted. All comments are due by November 4, 2005. Here is the Meeting Agenda:1. Background on voluntary consensus Standards and their use for government product purchasing and specifying and use... ...Read More...