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International facilities strategies from the Wire Services

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Growing Need to Reduce Costs and Improve Productivity Fuels Companies to Adopt Integrated Facility Management in Central Europe The increasing awareness of the need to enhance business efficiency and reduce costs is fueling the demand for integrated facility management (I-FM) solutions in central Europe. Investing in a comprehensive I-FM program is likely to enable companies to minimize their costs by supporting improved personnel productivity. “Properly managed facilities can prove to be a means of meeting corporate goals while also being an indirect source of profits, instead of merely generating overhead costs on the company’s balance sheet,” says Mireille Pierrevelcin, research analyst at Frost & Sullivan . Further, large manufacturing industries with several offices and production sites dispersed across central Europe as well as multi-site companies such as banks and insurance firms prefer contracting with a ‘single-stop’ FM provider to meet all their needs. This trend is favoring I-FM providers with the largest possible service offerings. Hence, I-FM companies will benefit by widening their range of facilities services and acquiring necessary skills in different sectors. At present, I-FM solutions in the building operation and maintenance market segment contribute to the highest revenues. Meanwhile, these solutions are also finding increasing application in support services, environmental management, IT, and telecom, as well as property management in both private and public sectors. The private sector (which represents 80.5% of end users) remains the main source of revenues as finance, IT, and telecom and aerospace sectors as well as manufacturing industries are investing in I-FM applications. At the same time, increasing market growth is forecast in the public sector due to the implementation of recent initiatives (such as the partnership between private and public sector programme (PPP)). Accordingly, the public sector, with 19.5% of the market revenues, will increase its involvement in outsourcing I-FM. In keeping with this trend, hospitals, universities, schools, and city authorities are likely to boost investments in I-FM projects. I-FM companies are also increasingly investing in research and development (R&D) in a bid to enhance their offerings. Such technological innovations will enable these companies to combat growing competition. Besides, the increased focus on I-FM certifications will also prove beneficial, as this will assist I-FM companies to assure end-users of the high quality of their services. Sustained by these trends, market revenues in the central European I-FM market (comprising the German, Alpine, and Benelux I-FM markets) are expected to grow from $4.40 billion in 2005 to $6.70 billion by 2011. The German I-FM market, which is the leading I-FM market in central… …Read More…

Top corporate diversity drivers

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Last month, Lockheed Martin was declared as the Top Corporation for Multicultural Business Opportunities of 2005 by over 500,000 diversity business owners. The honor extends to another forty-nine major corporations and is collectively called the Div50. The sixth annual list was produced by DiversityBusiness.com, a multicultural B2B online portal. The voting business owners based their decisions on such factors as the volume, consistency, and quality of business opportunities granted to women and minority-owned companies. Other large companies at the top of the list are Office Max, BellSouth, Bank of America, Dell, Toyota, and Wal-Mart. Top Honors for Top CorporationsWhile other awards and “top” lists crown companies for overall economic growth, returns to shareholders and similar metrics, the Div50 is an indicator of which organizations provide the best and the most business for diversity owned companies. In a marketplace that is increasingly as sensitive to diversity as it is to revenues, recognizing the top buyers of multicultural products and services is becoming a natural part of the new socioeconomic food chain. “Those organizations that buy the most products and services, most consistently, from diversity businesses, and that sustain the most mutually beneficial business relationships with their multicultural suppliers, should be recognized not only by the suppliers but also by the general public,” says Kenton Clarke, CEO of DiversityBusiness.com. The Business Power of DiversityAs minorities gain more buying power and their lifestyles become more affluent, multicultural markets are growing in economic muscle. This in turn attracts more corporations, as they compete for market share in minority communities. The Div50 list has become, by virtue of association, a consumer guide of sorts for women and minority consumers. “As a diversity business owner, I appreciate the business we receive from corporate buyers; and in turn, when I buy products and services, either as a company or as a private individual, I am much more likely to buy from the same companies that are supporting my business, or that I know are supporting businesses like mine,” says Sush Tripati, owner of IT-Source headquartered in Southbury, CT. The Div50The Div50 is a listing of the top 50 corporate and organizational buyers of diversity products and services throughout the country. It represents the voices of over 500,000 diversity-owned (women, Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Native Indian and other minority groups) businesses in the U.S., in sectors such as technology, manufacturing, food service and professional services. Over 500,000 women and minority owned businesses had the opportunity to vote in the 2005 online election.

Haworth seeking LEED Gold on renovation of its headquarters

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Haworth Inc. announced it has started the Gold rating process for a United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for New Construction (LEED-NC) certification for the corporate headquarter renovation. The 300,000 square foot project is believed to be the one of largest office building LEED applications in Michigan. To read about another high profile sustainable design story, see “Just Build It” from the TFM archives. “Sustainability is a cornerstone to our planning just as it is to our products,” said Franco Bianchi, Haworth president and CEO. “This renovation represents our commitment to sustainability and to helping our customers achieve their goals for the environment and LEED.” The Haworth headquarter renovation project will completely remake the 1,000-foot-long facade of the existing headquarters building, add a sun-filled atrium and will include a section of roofline that gently angles down to blend with the surrounding environment. This announcement caps off an extremely successful year for Haworth’s sustainability endeavors. Recent sustainable accomplishments include:• Recognition from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency WasteWise award program for significant waste reduction and recycling achievements with an honorable mention in the Green Buildings Gold Achievement category. • Earning the first McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry Gold Cradle to CradleTM Product Certification for the Zody chair. This certification means that the chair is made with sustainable materials, components and systems, including appropriate energy usage, water usage and socially responsible corporate practices. Zody’s sustainable design includes using 100% Green-e wind-power credits to manufacture the chair, being up to 51% recycled content and having up to 98% recyclable materials, as well as being PVC-free, chrome-free and CFC-free. In 2006, Haworth will continue sustainable evolution with renovation projects and by participating in a feasibility study for wind power generation at industrial sites. This Holland (Michigan) Board of Public Works study will evaluate the viability of wind turbines for generating electric power and have chosen Haworth’s Holland corporate headquarters as a test site. The company will also continue to seek LEED certifications for regional showroom renovation projects.

Website From Advance Focuses On Energy Policy Act of 2005

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Advance, a ballast manufacturer located in Rosemont, IL, has launched a website to help promote awareness of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Located at www.energybillinfo.com, the site is designed to assist industry partners and end users in their lighting upgrade decisions. Included on the site is information about the implications of the Energy Policy Act, including the federal tax deduction opportunities available to qualifying energy efficient lighting installations. Visitors to the site can access upgrade tools and calculators to help assess the magnitude of their lighting upgrade opportunities.

ASID Announces 2005 Design Award Honorees

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The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is pleased to announce its 2005 design award honorees. A jury of esteemed members of the design community selected winners in five categories: Designer of Distinction, Design for Humanity, Educator of Distinction, Patron’s Prize and Product Prize (corporate and individual). The jury also decided to bestow a Special Citation on a design visionary. Designer of Distinction Barbara Barry, ASID, is the 2005 ASID Designer of Distinction. An interior design icon of the late 20th century, Barry has designed timeless residential and commercial interiors—restaurant, spa, retail and office environments—for the most refined and prestigious of clients. She says that her designs convey a sense of “calm haven in a hectic world.” Barry’s signature design style—influenced by the casual elegance of 1940s Hollywood tempered by a modern sensibility—is now being offered to a wider audience by a variety of fabric and furnishings collections under her name. Barry has created signature collections for Ann Sacks Tile and Stone, Baccarat Crystal, Baker Furniture, Bloomingdales, Blueridge Carpets, Boyd Lighting Company, Havilland Limoges, HBF, Kallista, McGuire, Sferra Bros., Tufenkian Rugs and Wedgwood, among others. Design for HumanityPatricia Moore, Ph.D., FIDSA, is the 2005 Design for Humanity honoree. A founder of the universal design methodology, Moore is president of Moore Design Associates, is an adjunct professor of industrial design at Arizona State University, and is a sought-after speaker and author. Her client list includes 3M, AT&T, Baxter Healthcare, Corning Glass, General Electric, Johnson & Johnson, Johnson Wax, Kraft General Foods, NASA, Norelco NA, Merck, Marriott, Maytag, Monsanto, OXO, Procter & Gamble, Sunbeam NA and Whirlpool, among others. From 1979 through 1982, Moore, disguised as a woman in her 80s, traveled through more than 100 U.S. and Canadian cities to study how senior citizens—“our elders,” according to Moore—are treated. The result of her experiment was the book, Disguised: A True Story. Educator of DistinctionThe Rural Studio at Auburn University’s School of Architecture (Auburn, AL) has been honored with the 2005 ASID Educator of Distinction award. Established in 1983 by Dennis K. Ruth and the late Samuel Mockbee, the Rural Studio, based in Newbern, AL, has become a visionary and effective provider of innovative, dignified and low-cost housing and community projects that have served the residents of some of the poorest regions of western Alabama. The Rural Studios’ “context-based learning” program places 15 second- and fifth-year architecture students in residency in Hale County, AL, one of the poorest counties in the nation with more than 1,400 substandard dwellings, during each academic quarter… …Read More…

Next week at AHR: Free sessions and demonstrations from LONMARK

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LONMARK International will share its expertise on specifying, deploying, and maintaining open, interoperable solutions to attendees of AHR Expo taking place January 23 to 25, 2006 at McCormick Place, in Chicago, IL. LONMARK® members will be sharing their knowledge with AHR Expo attendees through live demonstrations and in-depth, free education sessions.For TFM‘s examination of interoperable systems, see “Facility Management and the Enterprise” from the archives. Visitors are encouraged to visit the LONMARK booth #3749 where they can see live demonstrations of open, interoperable products from industry leading suppliers. The extensive demonstration will include numerous Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs) and head-ends connected to off-the-shelf products from multiple suppliers. This live demonstration reinforces the real power of LONMARK Open Systems which allow industry professionals to purchase the “best of breed” products that are most suitable for their facilities. Free education sessions will be held on Tuesday, January 24 in Room S101a. The free sessions will be hosted by industry experts sharing their in-depth knowledge on the following subjects: LONWORKS® Technology 101 8:30 am – 10:00 am (Room S101a) This session will include clarifying terms, ideas and concepts involving LONMARK Open Systems and LONWORKS technology. This session is geared for those who have heard about LONMARK and LONWORKS, but would like to receive more detailed technical information on the protocol, messaging, device profiles, product certification, wiring, network architecture, network diagnostics, network tools, programming devices and more. How Open Systems Save You Money 10:30 am – 12:00pm (Room S101a) This session will highlight the financial benefits of Open Systems associated with system integration, writing specifications, calculating the total cost of ownership, and sourcing product from multiple vendors. Learn how open systems can be used to reduce costs from installation and commissioning through operation. What’s New in the World of LONMARK? 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (Room S101a) This panel discussion will include what’s new in the world of LONMARK International/Americas, including industry initiatives, product certification, system-level standards, and integrator certification. Specifications – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm (Room S101a)This session will cover open systems specifications and the end-users “Bill of Rights”. Topics will include how to ensure openness; the ABCs of specifying an open system; what an end-user should expect from an open system; how to identify good and bad specifications; how the specification affects the “Bill of Rights”; tools and resources available; what to watch out for; examples of good specifications. Networking Building Controls: the key to efficient design and implementation 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm… …Read More…

WEB EXCLUSIVE: The Economic Benefits and Impacts of Masonry Ordinances on Communities

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The following Research Summary is presented by the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan for the Brick Industry Association Increasingly, communities are considering passing or amending a zoning ordinance to include architectural standards as a method of ensuring quality design. The purpose of legislated standards is to create a level playing field for developers and builders, while providing an enforceable method of ensuring that development supports the long-term interests of the community. Municipalities across the country are exploring a variety of approaches including overlay districts, design and/or corridor guidelines, planned unit developments and masonry ordinances. Masonry ordinances require or recommend a fixed percentage of brick and masonry materials on commercial and residential structures within a given community.In November 2004, the Brick Industry Association commissioned the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan to conduct a research study of masonry ordinances, with the purpose being to determine if masonry ordinances result in long-term benefits for a given municipality, while addressing the interests of both its citizens and members of its business community. Dr. Lan Deng, Assistant Urban Planning Professor, and Dr. Fernando Lara, Assistant Professor of Architecture conducted the research. Both are faculty members at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. They examined four Chicago suburban communities to identify the impacts that the adoption of a masonry ordinance has on housing price and fiscal health of a community. They examined two municipalities in which masonry ordinances were in effect – Orland Park and Tinley Park – and two comparable communities without ordinances that are similar in both size and population – Hoffman Estates and Streamwood. Research Findings: AffordabilityMortgages in Orland Park and Tinley Park are similar to other suburban Cook County communities. For comparison, the owner cost for a home mortgage in an average suburb in Cook County is about 22.8% of their income – in Orland Park and Tinley Park, the owner cost of a home mortgage is about 22.2% of their income. In addition, the median rental cost in Orland Park and Tinley Park was found to be comparable with communities that do not have masonry ordinances. The research found that residents in an average suburban Cook County community spend about 24.4% of their income on rent, while in Orland Park and Tinley Park the percentage is approximately the same, with residents spending 23.40% and 24.10% respectively. Conclusion: The adoption of masonry ordinance does not result in a significant increase in… …Read More…

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Care Required In Metal Building Finish Repairs

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This Web Exclusive was prepared by Don DeMaio, Owner, K. Morgan Associates, a commercial painting and wall covering company located in New Haven, CT.It’s amazing how many people believe that metal building finishes will last forever. Unfortunately prefinished metal surfaces have not achieved immortality. Metal buildings often need more than an architectural coating such as direct-to-metal coatings that seal. As to the metal building itself, the factory finish used to apply coatings is generally quite hard, delivering an abrasion resistant surface that can last decades. However, over time and depending on geographic location, they chalk, erode and fade, and eventually rust. For TFM‘s coverage of this subject, see “The Building Envelope Breakdown” from the archives. When a metal building is in poor condition, there’s a shift into defensive posture, because damage is already underway. There are a few critical steps to follow when faced with a deteriorating metal surface condition. The immediate tendency is to get it painted. The mindset of “Fire, Ready, Aim” is not a good one. You don’t want to cover the problem; you want to resolve it. The detailed evaluation should begin by determining the cause of the problem. Don’t settle for only defining symptoms. Surface PreparationIn preparing a surface for repair, the service provider’s first step is to thoroughly clean the surface by power washing, scraping, wire brushing, and/or sanding to remove loose coatings. Uneven surfaces must also be dealt with at this stage. Sometimes the coating is gone and bare metal is exposed along side sections where coating remains. A special primer may need to be applied to provide adhesion and the build up needed to even out. The technician should check carefully for complete removal of chalking by wiping the wall with a dark cloth after cleaning. If there is evidence of chalk residue, it must be removed. Spot priming by brush, spray, or roller with a rust inhibitor is necessary to address bare metal areas. Following the spot primer, next a full coat is applied to the entire surface, allowing at least two hours drying time. For optimum results, two coats of finish is applied. Most metal buildings are factory finished using baked-on enamel. If surface preparation is not handled properly, there can be a loss of coating adherence in only two years. Planning the appropriate time frame between cleaning, prep, and top coat application is very important. Also of critical importance is a thorough rinsing after cleaning since cleaners and bleaches used in the wash could react with the primer. Again,… …Read More…

Friday Funny: The secret of urinals

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This Friday, we bring you the Waterless No-Flush Urinal Quiz Few people know much about how urinals are made, installed, or maintained. As long as they work and are clean, patrons generally don’t give urinals much thought. Fewer still are aware of just how much water a conventional urinal uses throughout its lifespan or about waterless urinal alternatives.For TFM‘s coverage of this subject, see “Save Valuable Resources From Going Down The Drain” from the archives. Take the following quiz to help improve your urinal IQ and uncover some surprising cost-saving facts about their use. (Answers appear at the end of the quiz.) Compared to toilets, a urinal is used how many more times per day?1. Twice as often2. Three times3. Four times4. About the same On average, how many gallons of water does a urinal use per flush?1. Less than one gallon2. 2 gallons3. 2.3 gallons4. 3.5 gallons On average, how many gallons of water does a urinal use per year?1. 5,000 gallons2. 20,000 gallons3. 40,000 gallons4. 50,000 gallons A conventional urinal uses as much water per year as…1. A large public swimming pool2. A family of 4 uses in six or seven months3. One person uses in a year for all their personal needs4. All of these5. None of these The average annual maintenance costs necessary to keep a flushed urinal operational are…1. Less than $30 per year2. $503. $1204. Negligible Water leakage can be a problem with conventional urinals. How many gallons do conventional urinals waste due to leakage each year?1. Less than 1002. About 1,0003. As much as 2,0004. As much as 4,000 A No-Flush urinal must be cleaned with special cleaning chemicals to prevent odors and bacteria build-up.1. Yes2. No3. Only if odors becomes a problem An office building has about 4,000 people using the facility every day. Half of these are men. How many gallons of water are used just to flush urinals in this building every year?1. About 200,0002. About 1,000,0003. About 3,000,0004. More than 3,500,000 The main way conventional urinals prevent sewer line gasses and odors from entering a rest room is:1. A filtering system in the drainpipe that blocks gasses and odors2. The design of the interior trap requires some liquid to always be present in the trap, to block odors3. There is no system because it is not a problem4. The screen found on top of the urinal drain is used to block and prevent odors With a waterless urinal, to prevent odors and sewer gasses from entering a rest room:1…. …Read More…

IREM Looks Back on a Year of Legislative Victories

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The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), strongly committed to legislative advocacy, claimed several significant legislative victories in 2005 of benefit to its members, other commercial real estate professionals, and allied interest groups. Among the most notable of these victories (from the year-end back), achieved in collaboration with the National Association of REALTORS, are these: *Terrorism Risk Insurance Extension Act of 2005, S. 467 – Signed into law December 22, 2005, it extends the federal insurance backstop program for two years. The amount of property and casualty losses needed to trigger federal involvement will increase. The Act also provides for increases in insurance deductibles. Insurers will continue to be required to offer terrorism coverage under the same terms and conditions as other lines of coverage at levels below the event triggers. *Energy Policy Act of 2005, H.R. 6 – Signed into law August 8, 2005, it includes new energy programs and tax incentives for energy efficiency enhancements. Although the bill largely benefits energy companies, it does contain provisions benefiting real estate professionals and consumers. Commercial real estate professionals will benefit from incentives such as the Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings Deduction. *Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act, S. 256 – Signed into law April 20, 2005, it contains four long-sought-after commercial real estate provisions: (1) eliminates the cap on single asset bankruptcies; (2) provides new protections for shopping center owners; (3) closes the loophole that allows rental housing tenants to avoid eviction; and (4) provides that homeowner and condo association fees be non-dischargeable. *Class Action Fairness Act of 2005, S. 5 – Signed into law February 18, 2005, it establishes a uniform set of criteria for determining when a multi-state class-action lawsuit can be moved from state court to federal court. The new law authorizes federal courts to hear class-action suits involving over $5 million where the case is outside the home state of the defendants or less than one-third of the class is located in the home state of the defendants. The objective in moving suits to federal courts is to make it significantly more difficult for the lawsuits to be approved. The new guidelines also are intended to limit the ability of plaintiff attorneys to “venue-shop” when filing class-action suits. IREM’s goal in supporting this legislation is to help restore the availability of liability coverage at realistic rates for the commercial real estate community through reform of the existing tort system. As such, IREM strongly supports the movement of large class-action suits from the state courts to the… …Read More…