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The primary disciplines of facility management—building envelope & exteriors, construction & retrofits, energy, environment, facility management, interiors, safety, security, technology—along with other important topics are included in this section.

Taking A Second Look At Carpet Cleaning

Eric Hsiao, an engineer with Tornado Industries, a cleaning equipment company in Chicago, IL, addresses some traditional carpet cleaning procedures that may need to be revisited.For TFM’s coverage of carpet care in the March 2006, see “Carpet 101″ in the current issue. Hsiao writes:For decades, carpets have been cleaned using 175/250-rpm floor machines with a bonnet attached. However, just because something is a common practice... ...Read More...

Frost & Sullivan Offers Analysis Of Integrated Facility Management Market

According to analysis by Frost & Sullivan, North American Integrated Facility Management Services Market, environmental concerns among end-users and implementation of new government policies—such as the Energy Conservation Policy in 2005—is making some opportunities open in the Integrated Facility Management (I-FM) services market in North America. The opportunities are included in various end-user segments such as healthcare,... ...Read More...

Frost & Sullivan Offers Analysis Of Integrated Facility Management Market

According to analysis by Frost & Sullivan, North American Integrated Facility Management Services Market, environmental concerns among end-users and implementation of new government policies—such as the Energy Conservation Policy in 2005—is making some opportunities open in the Integrated Facility Management (I-FM) services market in North America. The opportunities are included in various end-user segments such as healthcare,... ...Read More...

BOMA International Adopts Six New Policy Positions

The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International recently added six new policy positions to its advocacy agenda. Five of the six new policies are related to American National Standards put forth by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The other policy position passed deals with smart growth. “As one of the 200 developers of standards in the U.S., our membership has a vested interest in ANSI’s process for... ...Read More...

The ABCs of Business: The Value of Education in the Workplace

Education shouldn’t stop once facility managers get the job of their dreams. No matter what position they’re in, from intern to president, education should improve and enrich one’s experience on the job. In fact, continuing education on the job can help an organization reach peak performance levels by encouraging creativity and productivity. Too often, managers concern themselves with hiring people who have a good education,... ...Read More...

How much do you know about global warming?

What is the relationship between the ozone hole and global warming? What the heck is zooxanthellae? To find out the answers to these questions, take the Environmental Defense’s 10 question quiz. According to the people from Environmental Defense, this is a pivotal year for global warming action. Anyone who appreciates the dangers of global warming and is committed to taking action has a special role to play in the coming months. Public... ...Read More...

FM Frequency: Facilities Manager = Corporate Shrink?

Facilities house a cross section of the population, and for Crane, some occupants are more "high maintenance" than others.... ...Read More...

Code Council Foundation donates I-Codes to Louisiana communities ravaged by hurricanes

A donation of code books by the International Code Council Foundation (ICCF) will help local Louisiana governments’ efforts to carry out requirements of the state’s new construction code law as the state rebuilds in the wake of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. ICCF, a subsidiary of the International Code Council, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to alleviating the devastating effects of natural disasters and other building... ...Read More...

ARI launches Web tool for HVAC performance

The Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) has launched an online tool enabling contractors and the general public to access important certified product performance information about their air conditioning and refrigeration equipment. Known as the ARI Directory of Certified Product Performance (ARI Directory), the new tool will allow consumers, contractors, distributors, engineers, architects, and facility managers to access the... ...Read More...

Friday Funny: Plumbing Mix-Up Yields Beer

This Friday Funny story appeared in Associated Press news earlier this week… Last weekend in Norway, a woman turned on her kitchen faucet to find the water had turned into beer. Two flights down, employees and customers at the Big Tower Bar were horrified when water poured out of the beer taps. By an improbable feat of clumsy plumbing, someone at the bar in Kristiandsund, western Norway, had accidentally hooked the beer hoses to the water... ...Read More...