Commercial building and facilities management resources for corporate facility executives, building operators and facility managers in all industry and service sectors. Sustainability articles below.
The Holland, MI-based office furniture manufacturer is now a member of the Alliance for Sustainable Built Environments.
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) recently selected its 10 leading examples of sustainable architecture and green design solutions.
In March 2010, the IFMA international sustainability committee (ISC) launched the IFMA Energy Challenge: ENERGY STAR® which encourages facility professionals to track energy consumption in facilities and embark on a continuous monitoring and energy improvement program.
Under current executive authority, the Obama Administration has the ability to use over 30 existing federal programs worth $72 billion to enhance efficiency in commercial buildings and multifamily housing, with no new legislation.
The Capital Chapter of IFMA today hosts a sustainability summit at the American Academy for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C., from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Just in time for the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day (April 22), "The Princeton Review’s Guide to 286 Green Colleges" – which is based on a survey of hundreds of colleges nationwide – profiles the nation’s most environmentally responsible campuses.
Looking for ideas for the 40th anniversary of Earth Day on Thursday April 22? Check out these suggestions from Jones Lang LaSalle executives.
ASBE and IFMA will conduct a half-day event TODAY to illustrate how federal facility managers can achieve sustainability goals set by President Obama in Executive Order 13514.
Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, OH is the first community college in the state to receive the Bellwether Award from the Community College Futures Assembly.
The partnership between Mohawk Industries and Polar Materials, Inc. will result in a carpet backing filler created from recycled carpet waste—advancing post-consumer recycling efforts and reducing the amount of carpet waste sent to the landfill every year.
For its annual Awards of Distinction contest, the Modular Building Institute chose projects ranging from a 70,000 square foot Olympic athletes’ village to a 57,600 square foot high school.
"The New Sustainable Frontier – Principles of Sustainable Development" is part of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Sustainable Development Education Initiative.
A report released by Environmental Systems, Inc. in December 2009 is aimed at helping financial and operations professionals sort through sustainability information, understand trends, and visualize what is possible.
Through a $2.4 million energy savings performance contract now being executed by the Building Technologies Division of Siemens Industry, Inc., Florida A&M University (FAMU) is now on the path to a greener and more sustainable campus for the students and faculty.
Facility managers can calculate their facility water usage and potential savings using a iPhone.
With a growing emphasis on cost-effective building maintenance practices, many facility managers are looking for ways to increase elevator efficiency and performance,
Interns at Indiana University Bloomington will build upon previous projects and lay the groundwork for new initiatives to further improve sustainable practices on their campus.
Drafters of IGCC are nearing completion of the first ever integrated green code for traditional and high performance commercial buildings, set for a public release in March.
The course focuses on common sense, cost effective ways to meet owner, tenant, and resident demand for “green” real estate and increase a property’s NOI through sustainable real estate management techniques.
A family in Australia built a house to maximize the benefit they glean from the sun.
The USGBC has awarded Bank of America Center in Downtown Houston's theater district its LEED® for Existing Building, Operations, and Maintenance Gold Certification.
Facility Engineering Associates (FEA), in partnership with the IFMA Foundation, has released a new publication detailing how to utilize EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, the second publication in the IFMA Foundation's sustainability guide series.
DC has, on average, the oldest commercial buildings among the states, according to a new study conducted by SMR Research Corp. Older buildings are those most likely to have the greatest potential for energy efficiency improvements.
The Forest Stewardship Council-US (FSC-US) has honored CityCenter in Las Vegas as the best commercial project of 2009 in the fifth annual Designing & Building with FSC Awards.
The first annual Zeftron nylon Sustainable Practices Award recognizes facility, architect, and design professionals who employ and use sustainable practices at work, at home, and in their communities.
New survey shows 74% of facility executives are willing to pay a premium to retrofit space that they own for sustainability criteria.
The Society’s office building in Atlanta, GA, which underwent a major renovation in 2008, is one of only six buildings in the state of Georgia to receive a LEED Platinum rating,
USGBC has approved BOMI’s Design, Operation, and Maintenance of Building Systems, Part II (Design II) course which will help LEED professionals satisfy their credentialing maintenance requirements.
The first comprehensive study to explore the impact of project delivery methods and procurement procedures on achieving sustainable design and construction goals was released earlier this month.
PepsiCo's Frito-Lay North America recently announced its Plano, TX, headquarters has been awarded LEED® Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).
NSF International has announced that InterfaceFLOR has received certification to NSF/ANSI 140: Sustainable Carpet for both its GlasBac and GlasBac RE products.
The University of San Diego's new Student Life Pavilion is designed to set a new standard.
This ceiling from Armstrong has attained Cradle to Cradle™ Silver certification from MBDC.
A recently released report by J.D. Power and Associates, the 2009 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study, showed, among other things, that green hotels made great strides in awareness, guest satisfaction, and participation in sustainable programs since the previous reporting period in 2008.