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Understanding how data should drive energy upgrades
Facilitiesnet
It's important for facility managers to understand the importance of data before, during and after energy-efficiency projects. Data can be your friend. Data guides energy audits that lead to the creation of energy conservation measures that in turn will serve the building's interests. Those audits also provide reliable estimates of energy savings and return on investment — an important benefit, since measurement and verification are essential with energy upgrades.
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Students' invention offers germ-free door handle
Phys.org
Two high school students, Sum Ming Wong and Kin Pong Li, both living in Hong Kong have designed and built a door handle that kills germs, thus preventing the spread of disease through hand contact. They demonstrated their handle at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair held in Pittsburgh — taking second place in the materials science category.
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Putting a 3rd 'i' in building
Michael J. Berens
Today's built environments are all about performance — and not just building performance. Yes, on the engineering side, they have to deliver on energy and water conservation, improved indoor air quality, reduced waste, resilience and more. Increasingly, they also are being asked to influence the behaviors of occupants and to safeguard their health and wellness, as well as their privacy and safety.
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Retail design strategies for health care
Health Facilities Management
Retail health spans a continuum ranging from drugstores to outpatient care centers and is based upon one simple question: Where do consumers want to access their health care? The premise is that because people are more likely to be at a drugstore than a doctor's office or critical care facility, they're more likely to take advantage of easily accessible health care services there.
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ESI study reveals millennial employees' top concerns about workspace
FMLink
A recent survey of millennial workers across the country identified the top three elements of their workspace that are most important to their productivity and personal wellness. The national survey was conducted jointly by ESI Ergonomic Solutions and online market research firm OnePoll.
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How to recommission and revitalize lighting control systems
Facilitiesnet
There are many reasons a lighting control system can fall short of its potential for efficiency and functionality. Perhaps it was never installed to meet the demands of the space, or it was installed without regard for the use of the space. Or perhaps a system was designed with one intent, but its purpose changed over time.
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OSHA updates inspection procedures for protecting healthcare workers from tuberculosis
Today's Facility Executive
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has updated instructions for conducting inspections and issuing citations related to worker exposures to tuberculosis in healthcare settings. This instruction incorporates guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, Guidelines for Preventing the Transmission of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis in Health-Care Settings, 2005. According to the CDC, nearly one-third of the world's population is infected with TB, which kills almost 1.5 million people per year.
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Standing too long at work carries health consequences
BUILDINGS
While much has been made of the health risks associated with long periods of sedentary activity like sitting in workplaces, a new study shows that standing for the majority of the workday could have health consequences as well. The study, published in Human Factors, shows that the nearly 50 percent of workers worldwide who stand for more than 75 percent of the workday may be at risk of health issues such as fatigue, leg cramps and backaches.
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