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Staples survey finds varied perceptions and preparedness for severe weather
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During severe weather events, facilities managers need to ensure building occupants are as safe as possible, and many times it falls on FMs to ensure plans and procedures are up-to-date, based on specific needs of that business, as well as to stockpile any emergency supplies deemed necessary. More than half of workers recently polled said they were expected to show up to work in severe weather conditions, according to Staples' fourth annual safety survey in honor of National Safety Month.
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Desk-side recycling bins reduce waste
BUILDINGS
A simple change in the size of recycling and trash containers could vastly improve the amount of waste that is correctly recycled in offices, according to new research conducted by Action Research and commissioned by Keep America Beautiful. The report, which measured conditions in 34 offices across the U.S., found that a workspace that incorporates a desk-side recycling bin with a smaller trash bin is most effective at encouraging occupants to separate recyclables from the garbage.
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Lighting remains most popular facility upgrade
BUILDINGS
While there are a host of building upgrades that can translate into improved energy efficiency and lower utility bills, lighting upgrades continue to be the most popular choice for FMs, according to a new report from energy solution provider Noesis. The study points to several factors as explanation for the popularity of lighting upgrades, including simple implementation, short payback periods and a consistent, high rate of return.
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The quest to detox the built environment
GreenBiz
For all the debate that still rages today over organic food labeling or genetic modification of crops and proteins, the food industry — with all its flaws — is an instructive example of how transparency can be introduced, albeit slowly, to an entire industry. Way back in 1906, it was considered a win when Upton Sinclair's notorious horror show of an expose on the meat industry, "The Jungle," compelled the U.S. federal government to start inspecting dangerous and contaminated meatpacking factories.
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Internet of Things to Enhance Building Management Systems, Report Says
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More than eight million building management systems (BMS) will be integrated with some form of Internet of Things (IoT) platform, application or service by 2020, according to an ABI Research report. However, like many suppliers in established markets today, commercial building management system vendors face both opportunities and threats when navigating the emerging IoT ecosystem.
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Facility Executive Magazine shines spotlight on window film
WindowFilmMag.com
In its May/June issue this year, Facility Executive magazine looked at how window film helped a Chicago-area Holiday Inn control heat and reduce glare. The film installation was part of a $20 million redesign. According to the magazine, front desk employees experienced a glare in the morning, making it difficult to perform their tasks.
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More evidence of positive effects of nature in built environments
Michael J. Berens
Increased daylighting is now a common strategy for reducing energy consumption in buildings. It has the added benefit that it is also good for occupants. Exposure to sunlight and natural views have been shown to improve mood, increase productivity and enhance wellness. Several recent studies have found that providing access to nature and natural views in the built environment also promotes a number of other positive behaviors.
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Analytics and big data on a roll in efficient buildings
The Fifth Estate
There are myriad challenges facing the buildings sector in Australia and across the globe. Energy prices are rising, assets are aging, budgets are shrinking, technology choices are increasing and the pressure to be sustainable and green is higher than ever. To compete in this rapidly changing and competitive environment, organisations need better performance outcomes. But achieving great performance isn't just about maintenance; it's about efficiency and using technology to help get those results.
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