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IFMA to focus on workplace innovation
HOUSTON, Tex.—The InternationalFacility Management Association (IFMA), a 23,000 global member-centric, professional association that guides and develops facility management professionals by providing exceptional services, products, resources and opportunities, announced a new area of interest for professionals concerned with innovation in the workplace. The Workplace Evolutionaries (W.E.) was created by IFMA’s Corporate Real Estate Council (CREC) to provide a collaborative and learning environment to help evolve the workplace, expand workplace innovation and empower people.
“IFMA is delighted to welcome this new group of members into the organization who are passionate, dedicated professionals interested in the integration of workplace, facility management and real estate. This area of interest is aligned with one of our eleven core competencies. We will all benefit from the focus this group will bring to the organization on new innovative ideas for creating more productive and cost-effective places for work. We welcome CREC Workplace Evolutionaries into the IFMA family,” said Tony Keane, IFMA president and CEO. www.ifma.org
NYTimes building sees energy savings
BERKELEY, Calif—Designing a building holistically, and making sure that its components and systems work together according to design intent, can pay big dividends in energy savings and occupant satisfaction, according to a study of TheNew York Times Building by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab).
Measured results from the post-occupancy monitored evaluation in the final building five years after initial occupancy showed a 24% reduction in annual electricity use and 51% reduction in heating energy use, compared to expectations from a design that just met the prescriptive energy-efficiency code in effect at the time of construction (ASHRAE 90.1-2001), and a 25% reduction in peak electric demand. In addition, a significant fraction of occupants indicated a high level of satisfaction with the overall building and its design features. The Times Company’s investment in advanced energy-efficiency technologies is estimated to yield a 12% rate of return on their initial investment.
Commercial real estate market healing LOS ANGELES—Despite sluggish economic growth, the U.S. commercial real estate market remained on a recovery path in the fourth quarter of 2012 (Q4 2012), according to the latest analysis from CBREGroup, Inc. “The broken record of slow but positive progress toward a real estate recovery continues to repeat,” said Jon Southard, Managing Director of CBRE’s Econometric Advisors group.
How does property management relate to floor covering management? by Robert Blochinger - Facility managers and property managers seek to acquire the best products and services within budget for all segments of their buildings. In the floor covering areas, specification begins the process. We have four concerns in products: appearance, installation, performance, and maintenance
Water concerns of facilities managers—revealed
To see how facility managers intend to handle long, hot summers and droughts, and steps they may or may not be taking to reduce water consumption at their facilities, the Waterless Co. Inc., conducted an online survey in September. One hundred facilities managers completed the online survey in less than 24 hours.
Lightning: The Overlooked Threat in Risk Mitigation
Thousands of large corporations’ facilities managers, along with small business owners on the East Coast, never anticipated the magnitude of damage left in the path of Hurricane Sandy in October. They never believed a storm with the destruction quotient of Hurricane Katrina that hit New Orleans could rip through New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, and they did not plan for it.
NeoCon to feature the Outdoor Office and contract furnishings concepts
CHICAGO—NeoCon, North America’s largest contract furnishings trade show, returns June 10-12 to Chicago’s Merchandise Mart for its 45th year with an expertly crafted line-up of show components developed to educate, inspire and engage the design world. With more than 40,000 expected attendees, nearly 100 CEU-accredited seminars, thousands of new products from more than 700 of the world’s top manufacturers, and an impressive line-up of keynote speakers, NeoCon 2013 promises three days of 9 to 5 bursting with new innovations, resources and networking opportunities.