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How to Keep Your Workers Healthy This Winter

December 6, 2017


According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), absenteeism costs employers an average of $225.8 billion each year. So it pays for facility managers (FMs) to be proactive in preventing the spread of illness in their facilities.   “Illnesses like …

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How Customizing the Workspace Boosts Productivity

November 29, 2017


This is part five in our continuing series on employee productivity.   More and more offices are moving to an open-workspace design, which can be great for team collaboration. These kinds of workspaces often include low-walled cubicles, shared workspaces, and …

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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Viruses

November 22, 2017


In the videogame called Plague Inc., a player tries to destroy all of humanity by creating a super pathogen. The secret to winning (spoiler alert) is to make your plague hyper infectious but with no obvious symptoms. The minute people …

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How to winterize your facility

November 15, 2017


As the line goes, “winter is coming”. Here’s how to get your facility ready for the challenges that winter can bring, including cold temperatures, ice, snow and winter storms. A little preparation can help you get through winter with as …

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Get your felt on

November 8, 2017


For fantastic acoustics, a vibrant look, and improved LEED scores, it’s hard to beat the feeling of felt.   Felt isn’t just the stuff of arts and crafts and Sunday school flannel boards. Whether it’s made from wool or polyester, …

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Security, Part 12: How Avril Lavigne can ruin your business

October 25, 2017


McAfee recently conducted their 11th annual Most Dangerous Celebrities study with Avril Lavigne topping the list, followed by that scoundrel, Bruno Mars. OK, so neither of these celebrities are actually dangerous, but searching for gossip about them can be dangerous …

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Green Products, Part One: The Wool-Based “Smart Wall”

October 18, 2017


Walls have lagged behind in terms of efficiency and technology. According to Lucas Johnson, a Seattle-based consultant for 475 High Performance Building Supply:   Most walls are built with toxic materials and end up being vapor retarded or, in many …

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Boosting Productivity, Part 4: The Break Room Bump

October 11, 2017


Looking for another way to boost productivity? Studies show that productivity increases when employees can step away from work and get a mental break. After all, people can only be productive for 90-120 minutes before they need to recharge their …

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Traits of a successful Facility Manager

October 4, 2017


Maybe you’re looking to become a facility manager (FM) and you’re wondering if you would be right for the job, or perhaps you are already an FM and you want to improve. Either way, the secret to being a great …

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Saint-Hyacinthe, Сanada - October 24, 2016: SYNERGIA COMPLEX Built at the corner of Casavant Boulevard and East Johnson Street, Saint-Hyacinthe. The tower at prestigious offices will be built according to strict standards of sustainable development and seeks LEED certification. The building with modern architecture present an apparent wood structure as well as imposing fenestration, allowing access to natural light and great views.

Earn LEED credits with Cradle to Cradle certified products

September 27, 2017


In 2002, German chemist Michael Braungart and U.S. architect William McDonough wrote a book called Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things. The book was a manifesto, suggesting that we rethink the existing industrial “cradle to grave” strategy …