Building Envelope & Exteriors

Building envelopes (roof, walls, windows) control indoor air pressure, climate control and overall IAQ. Here we cover many important aspects of building envelope design; as well as other exterior architectural components. Facility Executive magazine covers all aspects of construction projects, modernization and ongoing operations for commercial buildings.

TFM's FM Alert

Green Building Market Study Shows 250% Growth In Alternative Rating Systems

Recent Turner study shows significant growth in interest in Green Globes® and other systems.

How To Choose A Greener Ice Melting Process

Where ice-melting chemicals are needed, Green Seal recommends using potassium chloride- or magnesium chloride-based products rather than sodium chloride or calcium chloride.

Friday Funny: And The WIU Band Played On

When a university marching band loses access to its rehearsal area due to construction in the parking lot, facilities management steps in to save the day.
Cover of the October 2014 issue of Today's Facility Manager's Green Report issue.

Today’s Facility Manager | October 2014 Issue

In this issue, TFM's Annual Green Report includes a selection of articles addressing a variety of sustainability concerns. FM Frequency: It's Not Easy Being Green(er) - Tech And FM: The Enernet - The Next Frontier? - Facility Retrofit: Green Roof Revisit - Services & Maintenance: All-Around Green Clean - Alternative Energy Trends: Deep Impact With Energy Retrofits - FM Issue: Managing Security Services - LEED Case Study: Triple LEED
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Facility Retrofit: Green Roof Revisit

At Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, MI, a vegetative roof is thriving after more than a decade in place.

Friday Funny: From One Extreme To The Other – Worst Colleges And Best Law...

Best Choice Schools has released its list of the 50 top architecturally impressive law schools in the world, while Washington Monthly has announced its collection of the worst higher education institutions in the country.
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Green Globes Included In New DOE Energy Rule

Green Globes uses the services of independent assessors and uses the ANSI national consensus process for developing its Green Globes tools for new construction and major renovations, the subjects of the U.S. DOE rule.

LVDC Design Guidelines For The Visual Environment | Second Draft Review Period Open

LVDC Design Guidelines for the Visual Environment is now available for second public review; the review period ends November 10.

Zero Energy Building Revenue | Expected To Exceed $1.4 Trillion Annually By 2035

Advances in building envelope technology are helping to drive the market, according to Navigant Research Report.
Today's Facility Manager Mission Critical September 2014.

Today’s Facility Manager | September 2014 Issue

This issue looks at the future of facility management in both technical and human terms. The HVAC Factor: Hybrid Operating Rooms, Professional Development: Finding Future Facility Managers, Services & Maintenance: For Safety's Sake, Energy Management Trends: Stepping Up Energy Management, FM Issue: Mission Critical Training, Hospital Case Study: Rebirth In New Orleans, Special Feature: Forklifts And Freight Terminal Doors, Renewable Energy: The Role Of Demand Response.
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Special Feature: Forklifts And Freight Terminal Doors

Specialty products can help mitigate door damage, lower repair costs, and reduce downtime.

Question Of The Week: Facilities Management In A Minecraft World

One tech expert floats the idea of using Microsoft's recent acquisition, Minecraft, for practical 3D facilities management floor plan layout applications.

National Disaster Resilience Competition Launched

HUD partners with the Rockefeller Foundation to announce $1 billion competition.
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Question of the Week: Anticipating Snow Removal

One facility management professional is looking for advice on the most cost effective way to handle snow removal.
Building Envelope

Focus On: Building Envelope

This article features four products that cover the building envelope.
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Free White Paper: Improving the Energy Efficiency Of Aging Commercial Buildings through Window Retrofits

Find out how the Renovate system can offer energy savings of up to 25%, provide consistent indoor thermal comfort, reduce outside noise transmission, contribute points towards LEED certification, and more at a lower cost than a traditional window replacement.
NIBS

National Institute of Building Sciences Celebrates 40 Years

Forty years ago, the United States Congress authorized the establishment of the National Institute of Building Sciences when President Gerald Ford signed the Housing and Community Development Act into law on August 22, 1974.
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July/August 2014 (Volume 27, Number 6)

While the summer months may signify a slower pace for some professions, facility managers keep especially busy with improvements to take them into the harsher months ahead.
Cool Roofs

Special Feature: Reflective Roofs

When lowering HVAC energy demands is a goal, the most effective choice is not one-size-fits-all.
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Services & Maintenance: Customized Bird Control

Factors such as setting, occupancy, and specific concerns influence strategy.

Webinars

Managing Labor Shortages

The Next Big FM Challenge: Managing Labor Shortages, Recruitment And Retention

Attend this free webinar and learn how to tip the scales to balance recruitment, retention, and labor shortages, while retaining critical institutional knowledge.
Facility Management Year In Review

Facility Management Year In Review: Lessons & Predictions From Industry Leaders

View this free video webinar and hear from a panel of facility management leaders who will share what they’ve learned from the past, and what they hope 2023 will bring.
Modernize to Digitize

Did You Miss Our “Modernize To Digitize” Webinar?

View this free video webinar and learn how to contribute to your facility’s sustainability, resiliency and efficiency, while being customer-centric with speed to resolution.

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