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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.

Green computers soon just a click away

Responding to growing demand by large volume computer purchasers seeking to buy more environmentally sensitive computers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) designated the Green Electronics Council to develop and maintain a list of computers, laptops, and monitors meeting strict environmental criteria. Manufacturers will identify products meeting the recently developed Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT)... ...Read More...

Call for papers: Partners in Protection Symposium

The Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) has issued a call for papers for its annual symposium entitled Partners for Protection: Fire Protection Engineers and the Fire Service. This symposium will be held on October 17 -18, 2006 in Ellicott City, MD.For TFM‘s coverage of this topic, see “Fire Protection And Building Codes,” from the archives. Presentations about recent advancements in fire protection engineering related... ...Read More...

Asbestos bill dies in the Senate

The possibility of an industry fund to payout asbestos related lawsuits has been scrapped for now, due to a vote in the Senate yesterday. If it passed, the bill would have established a $140 billion fund to pay for claims on asbestos cases. However, should the fund go dry, taxpayers may be held responsible for future claims under the failed legislation. According “Asbestos Fund Falls Short” by James P. Miller, staff reporter for the... ...Read More...

Superdome remediation

Munters Moisture Control Services (MCS) played a role in recovery efforts at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans after the devastating Hurricane Katrina. Superdome officials turned to MCS to stabilize the 270,000-square-foot venue to prevent further water damage, remediate mold, dry flooded areas and remove damaged materials. For TFM‘s coverage of this story, see “Worst Case Scenario” from the archives. The massive facility,... ...Read More...

OSRAM SYLVANIA lamp plant recognized for joining EPA’s NPEP

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized the OSRAM SYLVANIA fluorescent lamp plant in Versailles, KY for joining the National Partnership for Environmental Priorities (NPEP) and committing to reduce the elemental mercury content of its linear fluorescent lamps significantly. The EPA formed the NPEP to pursue the goal of reducing the use or release of 31 highly toxic, priority chemicals—including mercury—found in... ...Read More...

OSHA Vocabulary Quiz Answers

Here are the answer’s to last week’s OSHA vocabulary quiz. Match the term to the proper OSHA definition COMMON TERMS AND DEFINITIONS A. Barrel: A large cylindrical container, usually made of wooden staves bound together with hoops, with a flat top and bottom. B. Bite: To cut, grip, or tear with the teeth. C. Check: A written order to a bank to pay the specified amount. D. Ground: Soil or land. E. Hog: A domesticated pig. F. Husk: The... ...Read More...

Data center design needs

An overview of the design needs for data centers and telecommunication facilities is available in a new publication from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). For more on this topic, see “Ensuring The Data Center,” from the archives. “The datacom industry is faced with tough technical challenges such as high density cooling and the lack of vendor neutral material,” said Don Beaty,... ...Read More...

WEB EXCLUSIVE: For February, National Heart Month

This guest commentary comes from Harvard Reynolds, founder and principal for LIFEGUARD Medical Solutions of Nashville, TN. For TFM‘s past coverage of this topic, see “Not Just Another Day At The Office,” from the archives. Heart disease is the greatest killer of all Americans, taking the lives of an estimated 300,000 of our family members, friends and co-workers each year. Considering that the American Heart Association (AHA)... ...Read More...

As Data Centers Generate More Heat, High Density Cooling May Be A Remedy

Addressing the issue of cooling in data centers that have ever increasing heat loads, Peter Basso Associates, a full-service engineering firm headquartered in Troy, MI, offers the following insight. For TFM’s past coverage of this topic, see “Data Centers Heating Up” in the archives. As businesses rely more on IT, and data centers become filled with new, more powerful equipment, traditional underfloor air distribution systems... ...Read More...

Test Your OSHA Vocabulary

To most people, an apron is a simple garment worn over the front of the body to protect one’s clothes when cooking. But in the world of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, a common term like “apron” can mean something else entirely. According to construction industry regulation 1926.606, under Subpart O: Motor Vehicles, Mechanized Equipment, and Marine Operations, an apron is “The area along the... ...Read More...