The HVAC factor: Keeping cool, safely Today's Facility Manager It may seem like a lot of hot air, but incorporating air movement into a facility provides numerous benefits that can easily be overlooked. The Center for the Built Environment at the University of California-Berkeley has found temperature and air quality to affect productivity directly. And the narrow temperature and comfort range at which people are most productive is largely dependent on adequate ventilation and air circulation. Paired with occupant comfort is the issue of employee safety in workplace settings.
Survey: 60 percent of US companies believe water issues will affect their business FMLink A recently published survey by the Pacific Institute and VOX Global finds that 60 percent of U.S. companies believe water-related issues will negatively affect their business in the next five years, a situation that FMs in drought-stricken areas are already dealing with. However, most did not indicate that they have any plans in place to deal with future water risks.
What's your Carbon Footprint? Compressed air and steam leaks increase the size of your carbon footprint in addition to cutting efficiencies, wasting energy and effecting your bottom line. Click here to view important information on methods, best practices, software and instruments that will help keep your company profitable and improve the environment.
Wal-Mart is transforming into a go-green leader By Danielle Wegert A major issue for corporations today is sustainability and reducing impact on the environment. Many national and international corporations are known for being sustainable and environmentally friendly, including Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Ikea and Johnson & Johnson. But one company focusing on sustainability may surprise you: Wal-Mart. The world's largest retailer is taking several steps to reduce its impact on the environment, and Wal-Mart is doing it behind the scenes without trying to get significant recognition.
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Better Buildings Challenge to cut energy waste grows by 1 billion square feet EDC Magazine Building on the Climate Action Plan and the Better Buildings Challenge, the Energy Department announced that Better Buildings Challenge partners are on track to meet their energy performance goals in their second year, saving approximately $100 million a year. The department also announced that 26 new partners and 7 financial allies — including Wal-Mart, General Mills, City of San Diego, Jonathan Rose Companies, Hannon Armstrong and Enterprise Community Partners — have committed to improving energy efficiency across more than 1 billion square feet of building space.
Per square foot costs for renovations Today's Facility Manager Q: I am looking for a formula to use as a general guideline for the renovation of an existing office (general Class A space). I have been tasked with putting together a budget for our locations in the U.S. and Latin America. Is there a formula that can be used to determine the per square foot cost — and hopefully one broken down by category (e.g., carpet, paint, furniture, lighting, HVAC)? I realize this is a very broad subject but am looking for a starting point.
Solar panels here to stay atop White House roof The Washington Post The White House has completed installing solar panels on the First Family's residence, a process it started back in 2010. President Barack Obama, who will announce the project's completion as part of a broader push to expand solar energy deployment in the private and public sectors, took up the gauntlet nearly three decades after Ronald Reagan dismantled the panels Jimmy Carter had put on the roof.