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New Report: Global FM Market Tops $1 Trillion

New research from IFMA and Global FM showcases the factors contributing to the tremendous growth of the facility management profession.

EDF Reports On Energy Management Trends

The report explores how leadership in energy management has changed over time to deliver increased business value. Energy efficiency is just the beginning.

Urban Air Quality, Green Building Envelope

A report from global firm Arup examines impacts of vegetation on the building envelope in cities. Is it more than "architectural window dressing?"

FM Alert: GA Tech Studies Clean Power Plan Impact On Energy Costs

The paper examines an array of Clean Power Plan strategies related to buildings, ranging from incremental to transformational.

Johnson Controls Supports Low-GWP Refrigerant Research

The company donated $100K for development of safety standards regarding the use of mildly flammable, low-GWP refrigerants.

Employee Engagement: Impact Of Workplace Design

Simply redesigning the facility doesn't solve every engagement issue, but it can go a long way to energize and inspire employees in their work.

FM Alert: Partnership Funds Flammable Refrigerant Research

AHRI, ASHRAE, and the DOE will collaborate on a $5.2 million research program that will help accelerate updating of model building codes.

Survey: What Is Your Cyber Security Role?

As part of a research partnership, this survey asks facility managers, commissioning and other consultants, and IT personnel to weigh in on cyber security for facilities.

Workplace Flexibility Increases Job Satisfaction, Reduces Stress

First ever use of control group to measure effectiveness of workplace flexibility program shows increased job satisfaction, reduced burnout and stress, say U Minnesota and MIT Sloan co-authors.

Question Of The Week: Indoor Air Quality Effects?

Cognitive functions in crisis are markedly better for people who work in facilities with low levels of indoor pollutants and carbon dioxide.

FM Compliance: Don’t Ignore These Seven Areas

In new research, JLL acknowledges the challenge to ensure critical global compliance goals across multiple dimensions are achieved.

Green Buildings Improve Cognitive Function 

Improved indoor environmental quality doubled participants' scores on cognitive function tests, according to a new study by researchers at the Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health's Center for Health and the Global Environment, SUNY Upstate Medical University and Syracuse University.

Robotic Software Is Revolutionizing the Workforce, Driving Up Efficiency

A new wave of robotic software is revolutionizing the way businesses approach staffing and changing the services demanded of outsourcing providers, according to a new research report from Mindfields Consulting.

Navigant Research: No Clear Leader In Microgrid Controls Market

Of the 15 firms profiled, three emerged as Market Leaders and 12 followed closely as Contenders.

Zero Energy Buildings Gaining Ground

Zero energy commercial buildings are cropping up across the United States according to a report released earlier this year.

NEW PRODUCT FLASH: Dyson Airblade™ Hand Dryer from Dyson

A life cycle assessment conducted by a Massachusetts-based university found the Dyson Airblade™ hand dryer to be the most sustainable way to dry hands.

Vancouver, WA Hospital Studied For Energy Practices

The facility was chosen for the study due to its already energy efficient operations.

IFMA and Today’s Facility Manager Team Up to Create Snapshot of Staffing Trends in Facility Management

New report from IFMA and TFM estimates that there are a total of 408,000 facility professionals working in the U.S. In addition to staffing tables, the report delves into factors that drive staffing, such as industry sector, facility size/type, and outsourcing practices.

Stimulus Funds For LED Lighting Research

The U.S. DOE announced the 17 projects selected for solid-state lighting core research, product development, and domestic manufacturing. This is the first time the DOE has funded manufacturing projects in this realm.

New Survey Reveals School Districts Cutting Spending Due to Rising Energy Costs

Two-thirds of school districts responding to a new “School Energy and Environment Survey” from Honeywell and Education Week Research have made spending cuts or modifications as a direct result of rising energy bills.

Fresh Scents Promote Generosity Of Spirit?

The odor in a room is enough to elicit a stronger impulse towards fairness, claim researchers from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

MIT Research Focused On Concrete, Sustainability

MIT has announced the creation of the Concrete Sustainability Hub, a research center established in collaboration with the Portland Cement Association and Ready Mixed Concrete Research & Education Foundation.

Facility Managers and Workplace Violence Prevention

The recent death of Yale graduate student Annie Le and the subsequent arrest of lab technician Raymond J. Clark III — who is alleged to have murdered her — has thrust the topic of workplace violence back into the national headlines.

New Benchmarking Research Shows how Economy, Sustainable Practices Impact Workplace Operations

The International Facility Management Association has released “Operations and Maintenance Benchmarks, Research Report #32,” a study outlining the facility trends affecting workplaces throughout North America. Among the new report’s findings are that the average space per person has risen nearly 40 square feet since 2007 — likely due to recent corporate layoffs — and that companies are adjusting their thermostats higher or lower by an average of one degree Fahrenheit, compared to data from three years ago, in an effort to minimize energy use and cut costs.

MSNBC Story Features IFMA Research and the Economy

When MSNBC workplace and career columnist Eve Tahmincioglu began her recent story on corporate layoffs resulting in “cubicle graveyards” full of unused office space, she looked to the International Facility Management Association for research to back up her claims.

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