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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.

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... [...]

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.... [...]

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... [...]

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... [...]

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... [...]

Excess inventory assists in disaster recovery efforts

With the paperwork following the last containers down the road, the Institution Recycling Network has completed 108 facility cleanouts large and small during 2005. IRN and its members have filled over 200 trailers and shipping containers, providing over 32,000 items of furniture, medical equipment and supplies, kitchen equipment and furnishings, office, library, and classroom furnishings, and thousands of other items for disaster relief and... [...]

Mine safety under scrutiny

In recent testimony at the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Health Education, Labor and Pensions hearing on mine safety and health, American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) member and Mining Practice Specialty Administrator Mike Neason, a certified Mine Safety Professional, urged the Committee to not assume that a lack of the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) enforcement powers or weak penalties to be the root cause of the... [...]

CDC Mold Guidance Document

The CDC Mold Work Group recently published a guidance document entitled “Mold: Prevention Strategies and Possible Health Effects in the Aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.” The document cites sources that indicated 60% to 80% of all residential structures in New Orleans sustained severe flood damage. As this flood damage has translated into a significant mold issue in the region, this CDC document is intended to guide building owners... [...]

Guidelines to reduce fluorocarbon emissions

To reduce emissions by manufacturing facilities that either produce, use, store, or transport refrigerants, the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, released new guidelines for handling refrigerants to minimize their potential environmental impact. For related coverage in TFM, see “Rejuvenating HVAC” from the archives. According to a 2005 industry survey, in... [...]

Sustainability Moves Forward with IFMA and Alliance Support

Sustainability practices just got easier for the facility management profession as the International Facility Management Association has announced a collaborative agreement with the Alliance for Sustainable Built Environments to develop and deliver sustainability educational programs, as well as provide research and planning tools. This new partnership will bring sustainability concepts and state of the art practices to a vital division of all... [...]