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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.

Interface Receives U.S. EPA Landfill Methane Outreach Program "Energy Partner of the Year" Award

Earlier this year, the U.S. EPA gave Interface Flooring Systems the Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP) "Energy Partner of the Year" award. This award was given in recognition of the company's role in identifying an opportunity for the City of LaGrange, Interface, and other businesses in the South Georgia community to convert methane from a local landfill into renewable energy. "This project—the first of its kind in our industry and in... [...]

Interface Receives U.S. EPA Landfill Methane Outreach Program “Energy Partner of the Year” Award

Earlier this year, the U.S. EPA gave Interface Flooring Systems the Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP) "Energy Partner of the Year" award. This award was given in recognition of the company's role in identifying an opportunity for the City of LaGrange, Interface, and other businesses in the South Georgia community to convert methane from a local landfill into renewable energy. "This project—the first of its kind in our industry and in... [...]

Ergonomics pocket primer

Humantech has published Ergonomics for Managers and Supervisors, the first in a planned series of ergonomics pocket primers. This 134-page pocket-sized spiral bound reference book, developed by Humantech’s experienced ergonomists, provides industrial managers and supervisors with the basic knowledge and skills to improve workplace ergonomic conditions and practices. For TFM's coverage of this subject, see "Ergonomics Know How" from the... [...]

Data center dynamics

Power consumption and cooling of mission critical IT facilities remains a key concern, according to professionals who attended DatacenterDynamics New York. For TFM's coverage of this topic, see "Ensuring The Data Center" from the archives. George Rockett, conference director, DatacenterDynamics says, “The data center industry may be booming, but there is a fundamental need to address power, cooling, and knowledge issues. Increasing power... [...]

Friday Funny: Have You Ever [Been] Stealth Disco'd?

Last Friday, FacilityBlog directed fans to the "Pimp My Cubicle" offering from Amazon. Based on the interest generated by that post and the upbeat feeling attributed to the success of the recently concluded TFM Show, I thought it would be good to spend a little time behind a workplace fad (that's actually in its decline): stealth disco. This description comes from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Stealth disco (or SD) refers to the act of being... [...]

Friday Funny: Have You Ever [Been] Stealth Disco’d?

Last Friday, FacilityBlog directed fans to the "Pimp My Cubicle" offering from Amazon. Based on the interest generated by that post and the upbeat feeling attributed to the success of the recently concluded TFM Show, I thought it would be good to spend a little time behind a workplace fad (that's actually in its decline): stealth disco. This description comes from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Stealth disco (or SD) refers to the act of being... [...]

ICC offers new resource to aid communities affected by flooding

A new certification developed by the International Code Council brings an added layer of protection to coastal developments and communities with designated flood plain zones. The Coastal Construction Flood Plain Inspector certification tests knowledge of general construction provisions, special high wind and load path continuity, special flood hazard areas, detached and accessory structures, and governmental regulations. "Following the... [...]

NFRC nonresidential rating and certification program

The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) is moving full steam ahead with its proposed nonresidential rating and certification program. It could mean significant changes in the construction and building industries, including substantial surcharges on commercial fenestration products and significant time commitments for testing and certification. The proposed program would create a component modeling system – a computer program that would... [...]

This day in history: 100 years ago

While many facility managers are accutely aware of large scale disasters that bring operations to a halt, keep in mind that this week marks the 100th anniversary of the San Francisco earthquake. People who survived the experience told their children and grandchildren that they hoped nothing of the same caliber would impact their lives, but in reality, hope has very little to do with natural disasters. Sure, you can hope it doesn't happen again,... [...]

Behind the scenes at the museum

Today, attendees of The TFM Show will be shown the new Modern Wing at The Art Institute of Chicago. The Institute's VP of operations, Meredith Mack, will be joined by Barry Quinn, project manager from the RISE Group to host a walking tour of the museum. After a discussion of the expansion, guests will see other highlights of the facility, including a display of models of the new wing. For TFM's coverage of this project, see "An Exquisite... [...]