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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.

June 30, 2006: New York City safety deadline

The New York City Department of Buildings recently issued its Reference Standard RS 6-1 and RS 6-1A in relation to photoluminescent exit path markings. By June 30, 2006, all Type E commercial hi-rise buildings of eight or more stories must comply with rigorous specifications concerning installation of photoluminescent markings to aid in evacuation in the event of failure of both the power and back-up power to lighting and illuminated exit signs,... ...Read More...

Friday Funny: Christmas lights gone wild!

(Friday Funny…just a little early for everyone who will be off tomorrow) Since many facility managers have engineering backgrounds, I thought I’d send along this link to a very extravagant holiday light show. As this Snopes article explains, the gentleman who set this up (an electrical engineer), has since been forced to discontinue his light show after it caused severe traffic problems leading to an accident in his neighborhood.... ...Read More...

UNICCO embraces green services

UNICCO Service Company announced an expansion to its UNICCO GreenClean program. Following a year of active new account startups and customer conversions to green cleaning and services, UNICCO is launching a new GreenClean operations kit and a newly designed Web site for customers, prospects, and the industry. Further delivering on its “Guaranteed Clean. Certifiably Green” mission, the company is also launching the UNICCO GreenClean Compliant... ...Read More...

WEB EXCLUSIVE: What You Don't Know About Grounding Can Hurt You

Aging or unchecked grounding raises the risk of data/equipment loss, process anomalies, plant shutdown, and more. The Smart Ground Testing method can minimize these risks while overcoming traditional grounding test flaws. The following article discusses this method and how it can help facility managers address potential problems. By Del Williams Thirty years ago, Hank Aaron was still playing baseball, the first programmable pocket calculator... ...Read More...

The most wonderful time of the year…

The average American will attend 2.7 office parties during this holiday season and spend two hours and 36 minutes at each. Since so many people will be spending “work-time” this December wearing funny hats, eating Cheez-Wiz and avoiding those darned mistletoed doorposts, how can people make the most of this season’s merrymaking? The following list of office party “dos and don’ts” come from Andrea Nierenberg, author of... ...Read More...

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome NOT linked to typing?

A new report from the Harvard medical school disputes the connection between heavy computer usage and the dreaded carpal tunnel syndrome. Other physical factors–some of them genetic–may be the real cause, according to the study.For TFM‘s most recent coverage of this topic, see “Working In Comfort And Style.” Ed Oswald of BetaNews writes: Carpal tunnel is caused when nerves in the wrist are pinched, however... ...Read More...

Web-based LEED training

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has partnered with Turner Construction to launch its first Web-based training course designed to educate building industry professionals about LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Professional Accreditation requirements. LEED Accreditation enables industry professionals to demonstrate their understanding of integrated design and green building practices and principles, and ensures that... ...Read More...

Make sure those boots were made for walkin'–in New York City

Yes indeed, with only 10 days before Xmas, it looks like transit workers in the Big Apple are ready to ruin everyone’s holiday spirit by going on strike. And unlike strikes in major European cities (which usually last only one day and are not all inclusive–sort of like “rolling blackouts”), transit strikes in this country go on…and on…and on until they are resolved. So even though the Metropolitan Transit... ...Read More...

Make sure those boots were made for walkin’–in New York City

Yes indeed, with only 10 days before Xmas, it looks like transit workers in the Big Apple are ready to ruin everyone’s holiday spirit by going on strike. And unlike strikes in major European cities (which usually last only one day and are not all inclusive–sort of like “rolling blackouts”), transit strikes in this country go on…and on…and on until they are resolved. So even though the Metropolitan Transit... ...Read More...

Vote today on new immigration bill

If everything goes as scheduled, the House will vote today on a tough new immigration bill. Most significant to business would be the law’s restriction that “would require all employers to participate in a verification system to confirm that a worker or a job applicant has legal status.” This could cause significant bookkeeping hassles for facility managers who rely on illegal immigrants for certain... ...Read More...