Numerous awards and announcements are being made during ASHRAE’s 2011 Winter Conference being held this week in Las Vegas.
This compact standby power generator produces 1,000 kilowatts (kW) and is suitable for a variety of facility types.
This Web Exclusive article is contributed by Tim Croll, manager of business development for FXI Building Products Corporation, maker of Leaf Defier® gutter protection systems. Clean gutters are a necessity for every facility. The failure to keep gutters free of obstructions and debris can lead to multiple problems that, in many cases, prove more timely and costly to fix than the initial preventive methods. This is because rainwater and moisture, if left unchecked and not properly funneled away from buildings, can: increase stormwater runoff leading to overflows that cause landscaping erosion; cause roof water overflows that may eventually cause foundation cracking; produce biological pollutants such as mold; and create conditions that invite insects, vermin and other pests to feed and nest. As a result, an important component of facility management, but one that is often underused, is gutter protection. The fact is that few facility managers understand the full value of systems that dependably direct the flow of water away from their facilities. Even if cleaned regularly, gutters can become clogged with obstacles ranging from twigs, leaves, and pine needles to seeds and acorns to animal remains. Consequently, this debris not only prevents the free flow of water from properties, it also creates a moisture-laden breeding ground for pests and other creatures. Subsequently, studies have recently defined the importance of reliable and tested gutter protection products, which have been proven to direct the flow of water and particulates through gutter valleys, while eliminating obstructions. Properly maintained and monitored gutters can help prevent the formation of heavy sludge pockets that cause sags and other forms of water related damage. In addition, gutter protection systems can also help eliminate threats to indoor air quality. This is because clogged gutters can cause seepage, which can lead to the growth of mold in drywall, sub-floors, carpets, and rooftops. As a result, quality protection systems can improve the interior environmental quality of structures by consistently funneling water away from rooftops and reducing the opportunity for moisture to penetrate building envelopes. Research within the pest management field has also confirmed the potential benefits of gutter protection systems, which if used properly can change conducive conditions away from pests, critters, and insects and toward facility managers. For instance, recent tests have shown that effective systems can solve pest problems by keeping gutter pathways clear of potential food sources, while helping to prevent all forms of pests from entering the gutter cavity, including breeding insects such as mosquitoes and carpenter ants. Subsequently, proper gutter protection strategies should become… …Read More…
So what do you do, facility managers? Can you train your staff to respond to situations like this so they react “professionally” rather than instinctively? Is it possible to stifle the natural inclination to laugh when you see something like this unfold in front of your eyes?
Opening this spring, the operation will serve the South Florida region.
On the heels of its highest mark since 2007, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) jumped more than two points in December.
In the newly created position, Badoian-Kriticos will support the implementation of a variety of strategic and tactical sustainability initiatives throughout IFMA and help define, develop, and drive sustainability concepts internally and externally.
While this has been knocking around for some time, it’s still quite funny. Imagine if Bud Abbott and Lou Costello were alive today. Their infamous sketch, ‘Who’s on First?’ might have turned out something like this.
Facility Fusion Conference & Expo will help facility, design, and real estate professionals recharge their careers through instructor led educational courses, an expo showcasing the latest workplace products and services, facility tours, and other professional development and networking opportunities.
Ashbury International Group, Inc. offers kits containing a three or more day supply of provisions during an emergency or disaster event.