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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.

What’s that smell?

Apologies to loyal FacilityBlog followers. Unfortunately, the editorial team was forced to evacuate its offices earlier today because of what smelled like a natural gas leak in and/or around the building. When the police and fire crews came through the office telling everyone to get out and get away from the building, compliance seemed like a good idea. Has this ever happened in your buildings? How long was it before emergency personnel... ...Read More...

Confined space guidelines in ANSI standard

Providing workplace safety guidelines to prevent confined space-related fatalities and injuries, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) has made available the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z117.1-2003 Safety Requirements for Confined Spaces. Exposures to oxygen deficient environments, harmful substances, or explosive atmospheres are just some of the potential hazards facing workers dealing with confined spaces (an... ...Read More...

USGBC files for ANSI accreditation

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has filed an application with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to become an ANSI-accredited national standards developer for standards related to green-building practices. For TFM‘s most recent coverage of this topic, see “Green Wants You” by Brian Kramer. “Since its beginnings more than a decade ago, USGBC has used a consensus process to develop the LEED® Green... ...Read More...

Gulf Coast update from Habitat for Humanity

Since the first days after Hurricane Katrina came ashore Habitat for Humanity has been collaborating and working alongside a number of local and national organizations and assisting communities in the long-term rebuilding effort on the gulf coast. Below are a number of initiatives currently being worked on; no doubt over the next year the scope of work will increase. For TFM‘s coverage of this issue, see “Worst Case Scenario”... ...Read More...

Call for designs: earthquake resistant housing

On October 8th a 7.6 magnitude earthquake rocked the region near Kashmir, less than 65 miles from Islamabad, Pakistan. The death toll stands at over 87,000+, with another 80,000 injured. An estimated 3.3 million have lost their homes. The real need is not only in relief and recovery but the transitional and long term shelter needs of those displaced – shelter that must be earthquake resistant for the future. Many more will die due to... ...Read More...

Safety focus of SeminarFest in January

Providing professionals with a week-long source to enhance their workplace safety skills and management techniques, the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) SeminarFest 2006 will feature 45 education sessions this January 22-28 at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. SeminarFest offers management sessions on such topics as corporate safety, emergency response, hazardous materials, safety and health system audits, risk control... ...Read More...

Warner Brothers Entertainment receives environmental award

Warner Bros. Entertainment has received a 2005 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award in the Sustainable Practices or Facilities category for its remodel of an office building following the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Standard for Commercial Interiors (LEED™ CI). The Award is the state of California’s highest environmental honor. Warner Bros. Entertainment participated in... ...Read More...

York now officially part of Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls, Inc. announced that it has completed its acquisition of YORK International, supplier of heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC&R) equipment and services. Effective as of the transaction Friday, the Johnson Controls Board of Directors elected former YORK Chief Executive Officer and President C. David Myers as a vice president and corporate officer of Johnson Controls. The company also named Myers as... ...Read More...

WEB EXCLUSIVE: LEED update may require new approach to some credits

This exclusive comes courtesy of CTG Energetics, Inc. Now that the USGBC membership has approved LEED-NC v2.2 (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for New Construction), it’s time to look at some of the most important changes that will impact LEED projects. Some of these changes will make it easier to achieve a credit, some will make it more difficult, and others will affect the documentation. In this article, we’ve review all of... ...Read More...

Technology is tops, according to IREM predictions

More than 600 of the nation’s top real estate managers recently set out to help define the future agenda for the real estate management profession. As members of the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), this group ranked technology as the number one issue confronting managers of commercial properties that are challenged to stay on the cutting edge. Three other key strategic issues also were identified: development of a qualified... ...Read More...