Facility Management Articles

Articles in this section provide insight into how facility managers can keep on top of what they need to know to sustain their careers.

LEED for Core and Shell public comment period now open

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is now soliciting comments on the first draft of the LEED for Core and Shell Rating System (LEED-CS). The first public comment period will be open for 42 days, starting Tuesday, December 6, 2005 and continuing through Monday, January 16, 2006 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. For TFM‘s coverage of this topic, see “The State of Sustainability” by Heidi Schwartz and Kelly Sterk. The LEED... [...]

Hot in ’06: Health care, highways, and higher ed

Health care, highways and bridges, and higher education will be among the hottest markets for design and construction firms in 2006, while the air pollution, solid waste, and telecommunications markets will struggle, according to 2006 AEC Industry Outlook: Strategy and Insight for Design & Construction Firms, a new report from ZweigWhite. The AEC (architecture, engineering, and construction) business has outperformed the U.S. economy as a... [...]

From the “what will they think of next?” file–“iPod” Potties!

I just couldn’t resist passing along this new product tidbit from Toto, courtesy of The Register. For another novel approach to rest rooms, see “Exchanging Wacky Washrooms” from the TFM... [...]

From the "what will they think of next?" file–"iPod" Potties!

I just couldn’t resist passing along this new product tidbit from Toto, courtesy of The Register. For another novel approach to rest rooms, see “Exchanging Wacky Washrooms” from the TFM... [...]

2005 Sustainability Recognition Awards

The Leonardo Academy has announced the recipients of the 2005 Leonardo Academy Sustainability Recognition Awards, recognizing green building advocates for their efforts.For TFM‘s most recent coverage of this issue, see “Green Wants You” by Brian Kraemer.President Michael Arny honored awardees at Leonardo Academy’s LEED® for Existing Buildings (LEED-EB) Celebration. Those recognized include the State of California, Stephen... [...]

Dec 12: Free workshop on Virtual Building and Collaborative Design & Construction

Next week at GSA Headquarters in Washington, DC, there will be a free one-day workshop which will bring together practitioners from around the country who are willing to share their experiences with VB and Collaborative Teaming from the owners’ and contractors’ perspectives. Subject matter includes: *4D/constructability;* Model cost integration, use of model for estimating;* Owners use of models and standards; and* Model based teams;... [...]

Dec 12: Free workshop on Virtual Building and Collaborative Design & Construction

Next week at GSA Headquarters in Washington, DC, there will be a free one-day workshop which will bring together practitioners from around the country who are willing to share their experiences with VB and Collaborative Teaming from the owners’ and contractors’ perspectives. Subject matter includes: *4D/constructability;* Model cost integration, use of model for estimating;* Owners use of models and standards; and* Model based teams;... [...]

Westin Hotels go smoke free in January

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced that its Westin Hotels & Resorts will become the first hotel chain to introduce a brand wide smoke-free policy. Effective January 2006, all 77 Westin hotels in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean will go 100% smoke-free* including all guestrooms and public areas. The brand’s new policy is a result of customer data and a clear demand for a healthy, smoke-free hotel experience. For... [...]

Link between workplace noise and heart attacks?

There’s a strange little Blog entry now posted on the FC Now site…Killer Offices that was posted around the same time as a “Killer Boss” piece was printed in Fast Company. Do you have any comments about the alleged link between early fatality rates and the workplace stress level? Are these complaints... [...]

Security in a post 9/11 world–better or worse than before?

Hard to believe that some experts are claiming the U.S. is in a less favorable position to defend itself against another attack than it was before the events of more than four years ago. Yet, those are some of the claims being raised in the final report from the bipartisan 9/11 commission. For TFM‘s latest security coverage, see “The Path of Most Resistance” by Brian Kraemer. At the heart of one of the issues is poor... [...]