SMARTER FACILITY MANAGEMENT
COVER: ADA and Life Safety – Are You in Compliance? Page 34.
Cover Design by Elisa Geneser, Art Director.
At buildings.com you will find solutions for all
your facility and systems needs, including:
LIGHTING Power line controls
ENERGY 6 tips for wind power
GREEN Sustainable cleaning
LEED The new Dynamic Plaque
9 Considerations for solar area lighting.
10 A review of municipal benchmarking laws.
12 ENERGY STAR expands to multifamily buildings.
14 The top five energy-efficient states.
6 EDITOR’S LETTER
Can the federal government play a role in energy entrepreneurism?
45 PRODUCTS & SERVICES
This month’s section starts with a focus on power equipment.
50 FM COST TRENDS
Cost comparison for construction materials.
24 5 TIPS FOR HEALTHY WORKPLACES
Your building may be environmentally friendly, but
that doesn’t mean it supports its occupants’ health.
A people-centric sustainability plan is key for occupant
satisfaction and can also raise your profile at work.
30 CREATING BALANCE IN THE OPEN OFFICE
Occupant satisfaction requires an open mind, but not
always an open office. Create flexible work environments
that support all work modes with these tips.
34 ADA AND LIFE SAFETY – ARE YOU IN COMPLIANCE?
During a crisis, people with disabilities face a number
of hurdles, from visual and hearing impairments that
complicate emergency alerts to mobility issues that hinder
people from evacuating. Avoid common oversights so your
building is fully accessible when an emergency hits.
38 PERFECT PAINT: THE BEST FIRST IMPRESSION
Interior paint is an instant indication of your building’s
upkeep and character, but common problems like adhesion and durability can age its appearance and require
costly remedies. What impression is your paint making?
16 Tips for low-flow retrofits.
17 A guide to SMaRT certification.
19 Green offices boost productivity.