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QUESTION OF THE WEEK: High-Rise Building Evacuations

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: High-Rise Building Evacuations

In this new weekly offering, FacilityBlog will feature one question posted by a facility management professional to TFM‘s Tricks of the Trade Columnist Jim Elledge. While a link to Elledge’s response will be included, the goal of this exercise is to initiate even more discussion and encourage additional feedback within the facility management community. Q. Can you explain why, when a fire alarm goes off in a high-rise building, that the floor with the trouble is the only one (along with those above and below) with an activated alarm? Our school is responsible for five floors of an eight story building, and people are little concerned about being left out when the alarms go off on other floors and not theirs. I have found the code, but there is no explanation. Rod Caskey Facility Manager The Art Institute of Dallas Dallas, TX This question was originally published in the July 2009 issue of Today’s Facility Manager. Read Elledge’s response here. Share your feedback and suggestions in the LEAVE A COMMENT section below.


IFMA World Workplace Expands To Asia

IFMA World Workplace Expands To Asia

IFMA’s World Workplace is expanding to Asia this coming June, with IFMA headquarters and the Hong Kong Chapter partnering to expand this year’s World Workplace offerings. IFMA’s World Workplace Asia Conference & Expo – Hong Kong will provide a new opportunity to gain a global perspective on facility management and offers a relevant program focused on strategies for managing facilities, teams, and workplace projects worldwide. The conference and trade show will take place June 21 and 22, 2011. Session topics at World Workplace Asia include: Energy Benchmarking in Buildings: The Role of the Facility Manager in Energy Management The Challenges of FM Talent Recruitment and Retention across Asia BIM and FM: Bridging the Divide Corporate Productivity: Improving Business Performance by Aligning Facilities with Business Needs What’s Your Social Net Worth? CRE in the Attention Age Outsourcing Performance Management in the Facility Management Industry Regarding continuing education credentials, full event attendees will qualify for 15 CFM® Maintenance Points and 15 CPD hours granted by the Hong Kong Chapter of IFMA. Certificates can be obtained upon request. As part of the educational conference, there will be Best Presentation Awards to recognize efforts by FM students in Asia who have committed to the emerging FM profession and have insight in its core competencies. Competition for finalists will take place on June 22, and results will be announced that day, as well as on June 23, which marks the 2011 World FM Day, an annual initiative to celebrate the importance of the FM profession The event will take place at Hong Kong’s Cyberport community, a US$2 billion landmark, home to grade A intelligent office buildings, convention and exhibition space, a five star hotel, and a retail entertainment complex.


FRIDAY FUNNY: Bent Objects

FRIDAY FUNNY: Bent Objects

Engineers are great at putting things together and taking them apart. Put a paper clip in the hands of an engineer, and it can turn into almost anything. Take a look at these transformations that turn ordinary inanimate objects into amusing and lifelike works of art.


NEW SERVICE SPOTLIGHT: Roppe & ReSource Recycling Rubber

NEW SERVICE SPOTLIGHT: Roppe & ReSource Recycling Rubber

Roppe Corporation is partnering with the ReSource Commercial Flooring Network, LLC to support the network’s environmental initiative, Ecollect™ in conjunction with Roppe’s IMPACT rubber recycling program. ReSource created Ecollect™ to promote sustainable business practices throughout its network of nearly 100 independent commercial flooring contractors across the United States. The mission of Ecollect™ is to divert waste material being sent to the landfills. ReSource Member Owners are encouraged to find ways to divert these materials from landfills through reduce, reuse, and recycle.


NEW PRODUCT FLASH: AlgaePac System From Oldcastle Precast

NEW PRODUCT FLASH: AlgaePac System From Oldcastle Precast

For tertiary wastewater treatment applications, the AlgaePac system from Oldcastle Precast features patented Algaewheel technology which provides a diverse ecological environment for wastewater discharged to Surface, Subsurface, and/or Reuse situations. Using a symbiotic relationship between algae and bacteria, the AlgaePac system combines Algaewheel technology, simple clarification processes enhanced by the natural coagulating effect of algae filaments, and disinfection to provide effluent treated to tertiary standards.


WEB EXCLUSIVE: Time For An Ergonomic Touch-Up

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Time For An Ergonomic Touch-Up

This Web Exclusive is a recap of results from a recent office ergonomics survey conducted by Staples Advantage. The pain in your neck at work may not actually be from your demanding to-do list or endless meetings. According to a recent survey from Staples Advantage, office furniture and technology may make or break how employees feel during the day. Results show that by providing support – in the form of ergonomic enhancements – companies can create happier, healthier, and more productive work environments. Staples Advantage conducted an online survey, with responses from more than 150 office workers in companies of all sizes and across industries. The survey, conducted in December 2010, asked about ergonomic preferences and use of ergonomic furniture and equipment. While 86% of office workers report some discomfort from their office furniture and equipment, 41% say it actually does cause a pain-in-the-neck; a little ergonomic fine tuning can go a long way. According to the survey results, with a more comfortable workspace: More than one in three office workers say they would be a more pleasant person to work with; Nearly one in two say they would be more productive; and 35% say they would feel less stressed at work.


Friday Funny: Graphic Humor

Friday Funny: Graphic Humor

Due to its ability to turn abstract concepts into concrete images, PowerPoint has become a staple in the world of business and education. Skilled users are able to transform dull data and words into powerful concepts that make presentations memorable. Skilled users are also able to create some pretty darn funny charts…


NEW SERVICE SPOTLIGHT: Rain Bird Partner Of The Greenwater Foundation

NEW SERVICE SPOTLIGHT: Rain Bird Partner Of The Greenwater Foundation

Rain Bird, an Azusa, CA manufacturer and provider of irrigation products and services, has partnered with The Greenwater Foundation in support of its Groundwater Guardian Green Site program, an initiative that encourages the sustained use of groundwater friendly practices and recognizes green space managers for stewardship in that realm. As a program partner, Rain Bird will now work with the Groundwater Foundation to raise awareness of the importance of groundwater protection and help green space managers identify and implement groundwater friendly practices.


IFMA Unveils Sustainability Facility Professional Credential

IFMA Unveils Sustainability Facility Professional Credential

The International Facility Management Association has announced its newest credential, the Sustainability Facility Professional™. More than a building certification and rating system, the SFP™ will help facility professionals play a key leadership role in creating, managing, and operating sustainable facilities by giving them the skills they need to impact their organizations’ economic, environmental, and social bottom lines. Professionals can earn the new designation through the SFP Credential Program™, which offers complete training and assessment materials in three course areas: Strategy and Alignment for Sustainable Facility Management, Managing Sustainable Facilities, and Operating Sustainable Facilities. Taken together, these courses provide a complete picture of how SFPs can improve the sustainability of their facilities in the eight major categories of sustainability defined by IFMA: energy, water, materials and resources, workplace management, indoor environmental quality, quality of services, waste, and site impact.