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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.

Solar Measures Added To Software From Sustainable Buildings Industry Council

The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) has released Version 1.8 of its award-winning ENERGY-10 TM software. The software now includes a tool for building designers to integrate photovoltaics and solar domestic hot water in an energy efficient building. SBIC notes these solar features were added to ENERGY-10 TM Version 1.8 at the urging of the solar industry. For TFM’s coverage of this topic, see “Sustainable By... [...]

Plumbers Union Opposes No-Flush Urinals In Philadelphia High Rise

Last week in Philadelphia, plans for the new Comcast Center to be America’s tallest “green” building hit a bump in the road towards LEED certification when the plumber’s union opposed the idea of installing 116 no-flush urinals in the building. Yesterday, the developer, Liberty Property Trust, and the union struck deal, which clears the way for the water-saving urinals. But there’s a catch. Read the story in The... [...]

Today’s Facility Manager…Tomorrow

Where is the facility management profession headed? Will it still be around in five, 10, or 20 years? And if so, what skills and tools will be necessary in order to survive this transitional time? Experts in this field will be exploring this controversial topic next week at The TFM Show keynote session on April 11. Anyone involved with facility management is urged to attend this FREE event, which will be held from 11 am to 12 noon at... [...]

Today's Facility Manager…Tomorrow

Where is the facility management profession headed? Will it still be around in five, 10, or 20 years? And if so, what skills and tools will be necessary in order to survive this transitional time? Experts in this field will be exploring this controversial topic next week at The TFM Show keynote session on April 11. Anyone involved with facility management is urged to attend this FREE event, which will be held from 11 am to 12 noon at... [...]

Power product selector from Wright Line

Wright Line, a manufacturer of electronic and server enclosures for the data center as well as other furniture for technology-intensive environments, announces a new online power product selector. This intuitive, online selector features power strip solutions for data center enclosures, equipment, and network rooms and modular offices. Providing real-time information and updates 24/7, this comprehensive selector provides extensive database... [...]

At this time next week…

…we will all be at The TFM Show at Chicago’s Navy Pier. If you haven’t already registered, I strongly urge you to do so now. Our hotel block is already sold out, but there are some rooms still to be had in the city. (Last I check, there were vacancies at the Radisson, but they might be gone too.) Next Monday’s highlights include the keynote panel discussion, “Surviving the Crisis: Disaster Recovery & Strategic... [...]

Friday Funny: The April Fool’s Day Countdown

As troubleshooters for the workplace, facility managers need to deal with serious issues on a daily basis. When April 1st rolls around each year, serious can turn silly, especially for facility managers who need to clean up after classic office pranks. Here are a few that will crop up across offices around the world after this weekend (some of these come courtesy of Australia’s Pepsi Max site). Chia desk (see photo above)When your boss or... [...]

A picture tells a thousand words

Here are some additional office pranks, captured on film, along with our very own bobble head collection (pictured... [...]

Getting inspired in the midst of Spring Fever

Finally, here is some great “motivational” thinking, courtesy of despair.com. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Make sure to get over to the site to select your... [...]

China Outlines Buildings Energy Plan

According to experts, by 2020, China will see the construction of new buildings totaling 30 billion square meters in floor space. The demand to light, heat and cool these buildings on the current energy consumption model would be impossible, they... [...]