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The energy and LEED benefits of reflective roof coatings

April 19, 2017


A facility in coastal Texas had a major problem. The roof of its 1,000,000 square foot facility had multiple, persistent leaks caused by high heat, humidity, UV degradation, and tropical storm damage. The leaks were so bad they caused work …

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Active Shooter Planning and Response

April 5, 2017


According to a study in Annals of Emergency Medicine, from 2000-2011 the United States had 154 hospital-related shootings. An FBI study noted that from 2000-2013, active shooter incidents have become more frequent. The first seven years of their study show …

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Get a free health and safety consultation from OSHA

March 29, 2017


Last year OSHA’s free On-Site Consultation Program helped more than 27,000 employers create safer workplaces. This consultation is available to small and medium-sized businesses in every state, and it helps employers find out about potential hazards at their workplace, improve …

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Fitwel, the new GSA program

March 22, 2017


We have already discussed the WELL building standard, which aims to improve the physical health, mental health, and productivity of employees by encouraging healthy lifestyles and reducing occupant exposure to harmful pollutants. This month, we will discuss the General Services …

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Decision-Making, Part 2: How to Make Better Decisions

March 8, 2017


Last month we explored how to avoid decision fatigue, which can lead to bad decision-making. But even if you are rested, fed and armed with the right data, making good decisions can be tough. In a recent survey, 60% of …

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Got BIM?

February 22, 2017


Building Information Modeling (BIM) is quickly becoming the norm for constructing buildings. But is it something you need for your existing facility? According to the National BIM Standard-United States, BIM “is a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of …

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How to increase productivity through safety programs

February 15, 2017


Once upon a time, manufacturers saw safety programs as either an annoyance or a punishment. Times have changed – now manufacturers see safety as a competitive edge. There are two ways in which having a safer environment can add to …

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Security, Part 6: The Vulnerability of the Internet of Things

February 8, 2017


In early 2014, more than 100,000 Internet of Things (IoT) devices, including home appliances, were manipulated into sending 750,000 phishing emails over the course of about two weeks, waking the world up to a new threat. The IoT offers promise …