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AIA Approves Continuing Education Credit For Green Globes Course

The course provides an overview of the features and use of the newly released version of Green Globes for New Construction (NC), which is based on an ANSI Standard (ANSI/GBI 01-2010: Green Building Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings).

Nominate An Outstanding Facility Manager Today!

TFM's 2014 Facility Executive of the Year Award competition is in full swing. This annual event honors an individual for his or her work on a recently completed construction project, and the value they bring to their organizations on a daily basis.

Job Outlook Improving For Construction Industry

BLS projections suggest most specialty trade careers will grow over the national average in the next seven to 10 years.

New Research Identifies Trust As A Business Critical Issue

Report identifies the eight drivers of trust and the effects of key external factors on individual well-being and motivation; suggests that employers leverage these drivers to build sustainable high performance.

Winners Of The 2013 Awards For Excellence In FM Announced

As the Awards grow in prestige and recognition, so too do the number of high quality, cutting edge projects and that are nominated, with 15 submissions from around the world received this year.

ASIS International And BICSI Sign MOU

Privacy, workforce development and federal resources among top issues to be addressed.

Healthcare Project Receives IFMA Boston Award Of Excellence 2013

Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton, a member of Steward Health Care, has been recognized by IFMA for Best Practice in Sustainability.

Skilled Trades Saluted In Song

Grainger is sponsoring 20 tour dates and launching a sweepstakes for tickets to a concert featuring Tyler Hubbard (Monroe, Georgia) and Brian Kelley (Ormond Beach, Florida) as Florida Georgia Line.

Tips To Combat Workplace Bullying

The Workplace Bullying Institute reports that 35% of workers have experienced bullying firsthand, and bullying is four times more prevalent than illegal harassment in the workplace. How should companies react?

Facility Management Program Addresses Sustainability

New program launches this month with subject matter from the International Facility Management Association.

OSHA Offers Training To Federal Agencies On Worker Safety And Health

OSHA developed this training event to ensure that federal workplaces have safety programs and standards consistent with those in the private sector.

Five Activities To Engage Employees During National Safety Month

By recognizing National Safety Month through events such as “Safety Awareness Day” or “Workplace Safety Week,” organizations can have a substantial impact on reducing workplace injuries and promoting a culture of safety.

World FM Day – 27 June 2013 – Creating, Sharing & Learning

Global FM member organizations on six different continents will commemorate World FM Day by hosting events all around the world and undertaking others activities to celebrate and promote facilities management.

BOMI International and Transwestern To Offer Education Programs

Partnership will provide Transwestern property and facility staff with additional education options to enhance their knowledge, build upon their existing competencies, and learn in a way that best suits their needs.

The Next Word In IT: The Software Defined Data Center

Power Assure CTO lays out recommendations to maximize reliability and disaster avoidance in Software Defined Data Centers.

OSHA Issues Final Rule To Protect Workers Involved In Demolition And Underground Construction

This final rule applies the same crane rules to underground construction and demolition that are already being used by other construction sectors, and streamlines OSHA’s standards by eliminating the separate cranes and derricks standard currently used for underground and demolition work.

MRO Data Key To Unlocking Savings And Efficiency

John Ferguson of IHS describes the magnitude of the MRO-parts challenge and outlined possible solutions to the problem.

IMS Research Trends In Intelligent Buildings

IMS Research has recently released its annual intelligent building trends white paper. These predictions for 2013 and beyond serve to provide insight into key trends and opportunities in the intelligent buildings industry.

First Quarter Office Sector Fundamentals Improving, Demand Remains Subpar

New office construction increased from 41.8 msf in the fourth quarter to 48.9 msf in the first quarter of 2013.

Protecting Against The Dangers Of Carbon Monoxide Exposure

Every year, workers die from carbon monoxide poisoning, usually while using fuel-burning equipment and tools in buildings or semi-enclosed spaces without adequate ventilation. This can be especially true when employees use this type of equipment in indoor spaces that have been sealed tightly to block out cold temperatures and wind.

National Sustainability Rating System Certifies Four More Landscape Projects

Since June 2010, pilot projects have been testing the 2009 rating system created by dozens of the country’s leading sustainability experts, scientists, and design professionals. The diverse projects represent various types, sizes, and locations as well as budgets. Fifteen pilot projects have achieved certification to date.

Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association, GreenWizard Form Partnership

GreenWizard’s Product Management Workflow™ will now include level® certified furniture eligible for LEED credits.

BOMA International Passes New Policy Positions on Energy Benchmarking and Tax Reform

The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International passed two new policy positions and reaffirmed its position in opposition of mandated luminous egress path markings.

Millennium Press Releases New Book On Facilities Management

Millennium Press has released a new book: "Facilities Management Managing Maintenance for Buildings and Facilities" by Joel Levitt.

Space And Project Benchmarks From IFMA

Factors such as layoffs and stagnant hiring due to the troubled economy, more people working off site and the growth of collaborative space may actually mask this trend, elevating the total amount of space per person available throughout the office.

IFMA Announces Building Information Modeling Community Of Practice

The development and use of BIM provides value to Architects, Engineers & Contractors (AEC) by reducing project risk, costs, and time while improving the overall quality of the project via improved communication and collaboration of design intent.

NCGBCS Releases Taxonomy of Building Codes and Standards

This compilation of codes and standards relating to the built environment is intended to serve as a resource when educating the industry, government, and the public about the regulations and referenced documents that are used when constructing buildings and facilities. Comments are due March 8, 2013.

Design-Build Hotline Makes Expertise Readily Available to Facility Professionals

The DBIA Owner Hotline is staffed by experienced professionals with extensive backgrounds in the delivery method and deep knowledge of design-build best practices—from both owner and practitioner perspectives. The Hotline is a resource for key aspects of the delivery method and guidance on additional tools and resources.

BOMA International and BOMI International Leadership Build for the Future

The results of these efforts will be gradually reflected in each organization’s education menus and are expected to be visible by BOMA International’s annual conference in June.

BOMA International and RICS Collaborate to Advance International Property Measurement Standards

Widespread market adoption of these new standards will provide the building blocks for well-functioning global real estate markets and will be complementary to International Financial Reporting Standards and International Valuation Standards: two layers shaping the global financial system.

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