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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.

State of New Jersey gets behind green cleaning

Stephen P. Ashkin, president of Bloomington, IN-based The Ashkin Group – and a Green cleaning expert – applauded outgoing New Jersey Governor Richard J. Codey’s executive order mandating the purchasing of environmentally friendly cleaning products by all state agencies. Commenting on Executive Order No. 76, Ashkin called the move part of a growing trend for state agencies to implement green cleaning programs. “The executive order... ...Read More...

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Fluorescent Lighting & EMI

This Web exclusive comes from Leslie North, PE and Jack Black (pictured below) Electromagnetic Interference, or EMI, has been a subject of considerable discussion, regulation, and public concern for years. While the effect of EMI can be as insignificant as a buzz on the car radio when driving underneath a power line, it can also be catastrophic, such as when interfering with the proper functioning of a life support monitor in a healthcare... ...Read More...

FM Frequency: Skilled Labor—A New Recipe?

The increasing shortage of qualified facility management staffers has FM Frequency Columnist Jeff Crane a little concerned.... ...Read More...

Professional Development: How To Hire A Design Firm

Contributor Jeffrey Weil explains the right amount of effort in the selection process can make or break a design project.... ...Read More...

Build the ergonomic chair of your dreams

BioFit® Engineered Products introduces the seating industry’s first online Build Your Own Chair Configurator for designing ergonomic chairs to meet customer specifications for office applications. Visitors to the BioFit Web site can use the Build Your Own Chair Configurator to assemble managerial and task chairs that meet their specific needs. Customers can see how different chair components and options would look and perform in their... ...Read More...

Bye bye BlackBerry?

For anyone obsessed with being connected at all times, this could be a very interesting day indeed…especially for customers reliant on the BlackBerry operating network. As a result of a patent infringement lawsuit, Research In Motion (parent company for the BlackBerry line) may have to shut down its U.S. operations if proceedings continue on the same path. To read TFM‘s coverage of portable technology, see “Cell Phones And... ...Read More...

Friday Funny: You can’t make this stuff up!

This string of genuine e-mails came to me from TFM‘s FM Frequency Columnist. It’s a perfect example of the kind of nonsense facility professionals deal with daily. Moral of the story? Think twice before you play that practical joke on a co-worker. To read more FM Frequency from TFM, see the following link. —–Original Message—–From: XXXX XXXX Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2006 9:50 AMTo: XXXXXXXXXXXXXX... ...Read More...

Security issues in Mexico on the rise

Mexico has the second largest economy in Latin American, and since 1994, its GDP has been growing steadily bolstered by NAFTA. It is a complex country with lots of potential and a growing market, and most of the leading Global corporations have established offices there. However, serious internal security concerns are also a characteristic of the Mexican society. The Government and companies are implementing different strategies to confront this... ...Read More...

Shortly after Senate investigation, White House report on Katrina equally critical of response

Lack of experience from disaster response managers is being cited as one of the primary failures in Katrina reactions, according to a lengthy report by Frances Fragos Townsend, homeland security advisor for the White House. For live analysis of disaster planning, make sure to attend “Surviving The Crisis: Disaster Recovery & Strategic Planning” on Monday, April 10, from 11 a.m to 12 noon during The TFM Show. This event will take... ...Read More...

Roof collapse in Moscow market; snow is possible cause

At least 40 people have been killed and another 27 injured after a snow laden roof gave way under approximately 20 inches of snow. Terrorism has been practically ruled out as a cause, based on assumptions that the accident was completely structural in nature. For TFM‘s coverage of roofing maintenance, see “Aerial View” from the archives. As many as 150 were inside the market during the accident, which is comprised of numerous... ...Read More...