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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.

Bonus Funny: The Ultimate Concept Car; Facilities related "clip art"

Short but sweet, just like your latte. Follow this link (and remember to keep tongue firmly in cheek)... And then there's this "Perfect" clip art example, also from Office... [...]

Bonus Funny: The Ultimate Concept Car; Facilities related “clip art”

Short but sweet, just like your latte. Follow this link (and remember to keep tongue firmly in cheek)... And then there's this "Perfect" clip art example, also from Office... [...]

Albuquerque hikes minimum wage throughout city

Albuquerque, NM became only the fourth city in the country to enact a citywide minimum wage law higher than the state or federal level, as the city council approved a $7.50 minimum wage. The federal and state minimum wage is $5.15 an hour. “This is a great day for the 43,000 families in our city who will benefit from this increase and be closer to lifting themselves out of poverty,” says William Kyser of ACORN, the campaign’s lead... [...]

Concerns over Green Guidelines for New York Public Schools

Recently, the New York State Office of General Services (OGS) posted for public comment its proposed guidelines and specifications for the procurement and use of environmentally sensitive (Green) cleaning products for all public and nonpublic elementary and secondary schools in the state. The Green Cleaning Guidelines and Specifications cover a variety of topics, including how to determine if a product is “Green” and properly use them.... [...]

Four noteworthy news items: Death to FEMA; Today's Gas Rumors; Ken Lays it on the Line; Construction Starts at Ground Zero

It's a busy news day today, with several headline stories of interest for the facility management profession. Here are the highlights. Death to FEMA?!The AP writes about it here.CNN covers it here.And the BBC has an international spin on it here. Today's Gas Rumors:CNN has a story on a $100 rebate for consumers to combat high prices.The New York Times has a piece on possible tax break investigations for oil and gas companies. Ken Lays it on the... [...]

Four noteworthy news items: Death to FEMA; Today’s Gas Rumors; Ken Lays it on the Line; Construction Starts at Ground Zero

It's a busy news day today, with several headline stories of interest for the facility management profession. Here are the highlights. Death to FEMA?!The AP writes about it here.CNN covers it here.And the BBC has an international spin on it here. Today's Gas Rumors:CNN has a story on a $100 rebate for consumers to combat high prices.The New York Times has a piece on possible tax break investigations for oil and gas companies. Ken Lays it on the... [...]

Real Estate Industry Announces Call for Participation: Work on Unique Property Identifier Standard Begins

A standards development organization for the real estate industry recently announced a Call for Participation for the launch of a new project designed to improve management of information across the real estate continuum. The Open Standards Consortium for Real Estate’s (OSCRE) Board of Directors unanimously approved a Charter to launch the Real Property Unique Identifier Work Group (RPUID-WG) whose mission statement is to ‘Design a... [...]

AIA selects top 10 green projects

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) have selected the top 10 examples of sustainable architecture and green design solutions that protect and enhance the environment. The projects will be honored on May 3 during a presentation at the National Building Museum in Washington and again in June at the AIA 2006 National Convention and Design Exposition in Los Angeles. The 2006 COTE Top 10 Green... [...]

Google resident physician Blogs about Repetitive Stress Injuries

In the land of Google, where technology is king, Resident Physician Taraneh Razavi, M.D., has taken time to write about one of the concerns that plagues facility professionals and computer users across the land. And if Google's staff doctor is writing about it, Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSIs) must be a legitimate problem. For a related but contrary post, see "Carpal Tunnel NOT linked to typing" from FacilityBlog. Razvani writes, RSI is no... [...]

Hensley

Professional Development: Reduce Change Orders To Add Resources

Columnist R. Don Hensley explains how Quality Management Plans can help minimize expensive changes. From the Ap-ril 2006 issue.... [...]