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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.

Friday Funny: The secret of urinals

This Friday, we bring you the Waterless No-Flush Urinal Quiz Few people know much about how urinals are made, installed, or maintained. As long as they work and are clean, patrons generally don’t give urinals much thought. Fewer still are aware of just how much water a conventional urinal uses throughout its lifespan or about waterless urinal alternatives.For TFM‘s coverage of this subject, see “Save Valuable Resources From Going... ...Read More...

IREM Looks Back on a Year of Legislative Victories

The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), strongly committed to legislative advocacy, claimed several significant legislative victories in 2005 of benefit to its members, other commercial real estate professionals, and allied interest groups. Among the most notable of these victories (from the year-end back), achieved in collaboration with the National Association of REALTORS, are these: *Terrorism Risk Insurance Extension Act of 2005, S.... ...Read More...

Entries invited for 2006 BIFM Awards

The BIFM’s 2006 International Investors in FM Excellence Awards program is underway, with entries invited from across the FM profession and industry in the UK and beyond. The BIFM Awards Gala Dinner will be staged at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Monday, October 16. The full list of award categories is: • Best Practice in a New Build Project• Impact on Organization and Workplace• Best Practice in a Fit-Out Project•... ...Read More...

Child's Play: New Ground Surfaces Help Spruce Up Playground

A team effort recently brought to fruition a new playground setting for children with special needs. To a child in a wheelchair, a playground has to be more than some swings and a slide. It has to be designed to stimulate all five senses. The ground has to be smooth enough for wheelchairs to roll on. And, most of all, it has to be fun. At the Tammy Lynn Center in Raleigh, NC, a facility for children and adults with special needs, management has... ...Read More...

Child’s Play: New Ground Surfaces Help Spruce Up Playground

A team effort recently brought to fruition a new playground setting for children with special needs. To a child in a wheelchair, a playground has to be more than some swings and a slide. It has to be designed to stimulate all five senses. The ground has to be smooth enough for wheelchairs to roll on. And, most of all, it has to be fun. At the Tammy Lynn Center in Raleigh, NC, a facility for children and adults with special needs, management has... ...Read More...

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Protect Your Facility From Freezing Temperatures

This Web Exclusive was prepared by Keith Domagala, Vice President and Engineering Manager for Affiliated FM, a Johnston, RI-based company focused on creating comprehensive, global commercial and industrial property insurance and engineering-driven risk management solutions. It was more than a century ago when Charles Dudley Warner penned the proverbial phrase, “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” But, with... ...Read More...

Going green one city at a time

Last week, Business Edge News Magazine reported on the first Leed certified condo project: a 67-unit, $20 million mixed use building in North Vancouver, BC. The project only cost 1.7% more than a conventional equivalent, and despite being LEED certified, it does not require residents to change their lifestyles or become inconvenienced in any way. More important, perhaps, is the news that the City of Vancouver is “embedding”... ...Read More...

Tricks Of The Trade: Disaster Planning 101

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge follows up on a complex question with a simple... ...Read More...

Year end employment numbers up, but not as high as anticipated

This morning (1/6/06), the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its numbers on the December employment situation. In November 2005, the economy added 305,000, but in December, only 108,000 new jobs were created. According to Jim Lanzalotto, vice president of Yoh, “Employment numbers for December should remain steady with a slight, but characteristic, decline during the holidays,” says Lanzalotto. “Small additions to IT budgets and revisits... ...Read More...

India's Silicon Valley to increase security after university attack

In late December, a fatal shooting at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore prompted officials at universities and other vulnerable facilities to rethink security measures. According to a 12/29/05 report posted on ITworld.com, One person was killed and four injured in the gunfire on the campus of IISc, one of India’s most prestigious educational institutes. They were part of a large group of scientists and professors that... ...Read More...