The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) will host a virtual career fair Thursday, June 9, from noon to 3 p.m. CDT.
The online event puts job seekers in touch with employers with open facility-management positions. Attendance is free for job seekers.
Job seekers will be able to choose which employers looking to hire facility-management talent to interact with and engage in one-on-one chats with recruiters at those organizations....More
I have written several articles comparing green-building rating systems. All of the conclusions drawn were based on projects certified under one rating system or another. In this blog post, I discuss a project that has achieved two certifications....More
The U.S. Green Building Council participated in the White House Conference on Resilient Building Codes May 10, taking part in discussions of economic and community benefits of resilient design and actions the federal government and the private sector can take to advance resilience in the built environment....More
Small businesses with ideas that could boost the efficiency of buildings, generate electricity from renewable sources, improve manufacturing processes, and increase transportation sustainability recently were announced as recipients of grants from the U.S. Department of Energy totaling more than $9 million....More
The American Institute of Architects, the National Institute of Building Sciences, and 38 other members of the U.S. design and construction industry recently released a report on progress in building resilience made over the last two years....More
The role of building codes in furthering community resilience and the importance of incorporating resilience and future impacts of climate change into the process of developing building codes and standards were highlighted during an event hosted by the White House May 10....More
Our firm recently assisted in the Green Globes certification of a 7-Eleven convenience store in Miami. The new-construction project has the distinction of being not only the first 7-Eleven store in the world to achieve Green Globes certification, but a franchise awarded to a U.S. military veteran under 7-Eleven’s Operation: Take Command program....More
In assisting clients with green-building certification, our firm often recommends pre- and post-construction photographic evidence. Because this evidence can be provided with drones, we have been closely following their use. The most recent development was a March 10 Senate hearing....More
Unusually mild weather throughout much of the United States during the first part of the month is believed to have helped to temper the normal rise in the nation’s not-seasonally-adjusted construction unemployment rate in January....More
As the fourth-quarter-2015 Construction Backlog Indicator shows, “The nonresidential-construction recovery remains very much in place,” Associated Builders and Contractors Chief Economist Anirban Basu says. ...More
“It’s like déjà vu all over again,” baseball great Yogi Berra once said. It is one of my favorite “Yogi-isms,” and it is the one that came to mind when I ran across a copy of the August 1908 issue of The Engineering Magazine. The titles of two of the articles immediately jumped out at me because they appeared to still be topical....More
With New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city’s real-estate industry working to reduce carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050, Urban Green Council, the New York affiliate of the U.S. Green Building Council, has released a report taking a global view on ways to reach the goal....More
The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced partnerships with 21 companies, federal agencies, and state and local governments to promote the use of its Building Energy Asset Scoring Tool (Asset Score)....More
The U.S. Green Building Council recently released its LEED in Motion: Hospitality report, which predicts tremendous growth in green building in, and defines scale-up opportunities for, the hospitality sector....More
Hospitality company Hilton Worldwide and grocery-store chain Whole Foods Market recently traded energy-management teams at their facilities in San Francisco as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s inaugural Better Buildings Challenge SWAP....More
Around the time a state of emergency was being declared for the water crisis in Flint, Mich., the governor of California was declaring a state of emergency in Porter Ranch, a suburb of Los Angeles....More
Though not required until December, 2022, the new UL 60335-2-40 standard is currently active for matched and packaged air conditioners/heat pumps (no standalone systems), liquid chillers and hydronic fan coil units, hot water heat pumps, dehumidifiers and supplemental heaters (designed as part of an appliance package).
A data center or IT room uniquely alters the requirements of a building management system (BMS). This is primarily because of the criticality of IT and its dependence on facility infrastructure. IT’s reliance on power and cooling systems makes a BMS an important part of a larger data center infrastructure management (DCIM) solution that brings together Facilities and IT. The cooperation and information sharing better ensures uninterrupted and efficient operation....More
A lot of leading building automations systems (BAS) are touted as being open. But what does that really mean? And does being open mean that building owners and operators are getting the most out of their BAS investments?
During this webinar, Johnson Controls BAS experts will examine the definition of openness and advise on what to look for from a BAS provider when secure interoperability and ease of integration is paramount. Because a unified intelligent infrastructure provides better interoperability so businesses run more efficiently....More