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Technology | Facility Executive - Creating Intelligent Buildings

This latest version contains new features designed to optimize performance and reduce costs for facility management professionals.

NEW PRODUCT FLASH: Planon 2011 Integrated Workplace Management Software

NEW PRODUCT FLASH: Planon 2011 Integrated Workplace Management Software

This latest version contains new features designed to optimize performance and reduce costs for facility management professionals.

Museum Marks 10th Year Of Transforming Addition

Since its Quadracci Pavilion opened in 2010, the Milwaukee Art Museum has seen attendance more than double.

NEW PRODUCT FLASH: EcoBreeze from APC by Schneider Electric

This cooling product for data centers is designed to provide cooling in the most efficient manner for existing conditions.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Computers Are Our Friends

For several decades, facility professionals have been told that technology will signal the dawning of a new age of efficiency and productivity. But anyone who has lost a presentation, a spreadsheet, a report, or an essential database due to a virus, worm, or other computer glitch would argue to the contrary...BIG time.

NEW SERVICE SPOTLIGHT: Trellis From Emerson Network Power

This Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) platform is aimed at enabling data center managers to make smarter decisions about efficiency, availability, and capacity.

College Putting Food Waste To Use

Since Fall 2009, Elizabethtown College has been using a food waste treatment strategy that saves water and reduces waste hauling costs.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Computers Possessed By Evil Spirits

Now this prank has been knocking around online for more than a year, but I'm sure some people have never heard of it. It's pretty funny and purely harmless.

Bold Thieves At Security Event

At the ASIS 2010 security trade show this month, members of the night cleaning crew helped themselves.

Siemens Earns ENERGY STAR In Maine

The company's office building in Scarborough, ME now uses about 30% less energy than office buildings of similar size.

ASHRAE Publishes Updated Refrigerant Safety Standards

The 2010 editions of ASHRAE’s major refrigerants-related standards have been published as a package with 14 new refrigerant blends added.

Aircuity and Siemens Sign Channel Sales Agreement

Under the terms of the agreement, certain Siemens branches in North America can undergo training to become certified to sell, install, and service Aircuity OptiNet systems.

Online Office Measurement Standard Training In The Works

Three organization reach an agreement to develop and market an online training program for BOMA International’s 2010 Office Floor Measurement Standard, Office Buildings: Standards Methods of Measurement (ANSI/BOMA Z65.1 – 2010).

NEW SERVICE SPOTLIGHT: Convia Commissioning/Maintenance Partnership

Convia/A Herman Miller Company has partnered with Sylvania Lighting Services (SLS) to provide customers streamlined servicing for their Convia energy management systems.


The DEFINITY PAR38 LED lightbulb from Lighting Science Group is the industry's first LED bulb to receive the ENERGY STAR label. The bulb is...

NEW SERVICE SPOTLIGHT: SeriousEnergy Manager

This software-as-a-service from Serious Materials provides continuous monitoring, analysis, optimization of energy use.

NEW SERVICE SPOTLIGHT: Cyber Theft Solutions

Three service providers have joined forces to provide comprehensive cyber theft prevention, detection, and response mitigation services.

Cooling Tower Study Results Released

New research supported by ASHRAE indicates that non-chemical devices (NCD) marketed to control the growth of biological agents may not materially reduce biological growth.

Smarter Kitchens For McDonald’s

The company's Smart Restaurant initiative involves creating interoperability standards for its networked kitchen equipment and building automation systems.

ASHRAE Competition Gives Students Practical Experience

Engineering practices such as building information modeling (BIM), geothermal, and combined cooling, heating, and power were highlighted in the winning entries in the 2010 ASHRAE Student Design Competition.

November 16-18, 2010: BACnet Interoperability Workshop

This event permits vendors to test their BACnet products in a neutral and friendly environment with BACnet devices from other vendors.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Which Came First? The Dopey Question or the Incomprehensible Answer?

Ever since computers became part of the workplace, users have struggled to keep their machines up and running. So what's a user to do? Call tech support. Easier said than done, as illustrated by this collection of "real" tech support nightmares.


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CA Buildings Going For Zero Net Energy

the state’s Action Plan for Buildings provides a roadmap to transform five billion square feet of commercial space to “net zero” energy users by 2030.

LonMark International Announces New Board Members

LonMark International, a non-profit association recognized for the certification, education, and promotion of interoperability standards for the benefit of manufacturers, integrators, and end users, has announced new representatives to its Board of Directors.

NEW PRODUCT FLASH: Schindler ID Destination-Dispatch

This human interface system enables facility managers to control elevator traffic by personalizing passenger access.

Keeping Data Centers Up And Running

Emerson Network Power offers a list of "Best Practices to Avoid Data Center Failure by Human Error."

NEW PRODUCT FLASH: Dinion and FlexiDome IP Cameras from Bosch

Support for the Open Network Video Interface Forum (ONVIF) standard ensures the 40 new fixed body models integrate with compliant video products from other vendors.

NEW SERVICE SPOTLIGHT: Interactive Spec Tools From American Seating

The Focus Configurator and Spec Builder aim to facilitate choosing the ideal seating products for a project.

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Extending Motor Life

This Web Exclusive article is contributed by Electro Static Technology, maker of AEGIS shaft grounding products. Increasing Sustainability Of Motors In Manhattan's Time & Life...

Finalists In Smartest Building Challenge

A panel of five industry experts are determining which facilities will win the Siemens Smartest Building in America Challenge.

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