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IWBI creates respiratory health task force

The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) has formed a task force on reducing the enormous health burden from COVID-19 and other respiratory infections.
supply chains

Ontario bolsters efforts to protect supply chains

New provincial regulations will ensure the demand for crucial supplies is visible and trackable.
key building services deemed essential in Ontario and Quebec

ON/QC: access to key building services assured

Building owners, managers and occupants can be assured that life-safety systems, telecommunications, elevators and HVAC can be maintained and repaired as necessary, and that janitorial and security staff are permitted on-site.
U.S. fragrance industry asks for exemptions to COVID-19 related business shutdowns

Fragrance lobby touts role in COVID-19 response

Advocates have appealed to U.S. government officials for exemptions from any mandated business closures, arguing that the industry provides important support for effective cleaning procedures.
HVACR technicians adhere to Health Canada protocol

HVACR technicians adhere to health protocol

A newly released message to consumers underscores the critical role the industry plays in the viability of indoor environments and in safeguarding food, medical supplies, data and other strategic services.
North American retailers deal with temporary closure of stores

Temporary closure phase-down tips available

A North American facilities management association for retailers with multiple locations is marshalling resources to assist with a spate of store shutdowns.
Quebec budget boosts funding for solid waste reduction

Quebec boosts budget for solid waste reduction

Five newly announced initiatives are promised $92.7 million, aimed at improving recycling, reducing the volume of waste sent to landfill and curbing greenhouse gas emissions.
IFMA

Don Gilpin named IFMA president

Don Gilpin has been named president and chief operating officer of IFMA.
Michael Dakduk named IICRC president and CEO

Michael Dakduk named IICRC president and CEO

He comes to the role as an experienced manager in the associations sector and a United States Marine Corps veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan.
retail facilities managers

Retail facilities managers address COVID-19

A growing number of industry organizations are providing their membership with online guidance related to COVID-19.
Roundup

Roundup herbicide causing loss of biodiversity

A new study reveals that Roundup, the popular glyphosate-based herbicide, is making ecosystems more vulnerable to pollution and climate change.
flooring

IICRC seeks comments on flooring inspection standard

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) ) has opened public review for the draft of its BSR/IICRC S220 Standard for Professional Inspection
Manitoba pledges funds for brownfield cleanup

Brownfield cleanup in Manitoba’s green spending

The funding was announced as part of a $150-million package of green initiatives aligned with Manitoba's climate change strategy.
pesticide classification scale allows users to make risk comparisons

Pesticide classification scale scopes out risk

Researchers applied a range of filtering criteria to categorize 659 pesticides as highly hazardous, high-risk or lower risk, and support comparisons of risks posed to human and environmental health.
ASHRAE open COVID-19 technical guidance portal

ASHRAE opens COVID-19 technical guidance portal

Health care intake areas and waiting rooms, shelters and other facilities where crowds may assemble are identified as vulnerable occupancies where a heighten level of controls is recommended.
Alberta Treasury Board to resume responsibility for asset upkeep budgets

Alberta to curb spending on asset upkeep

The provincial government plans to allocate about $2.7 billion to capital maintenance and renewal over a three-year period, but year-over-year investment will drop 7.7 per cent from the first to third fiscal year.
Reduction target set for waste sent to Saskatchewan land fill sites

Status quo rejected for Saskatchewan land fill

Saskatchewan currently ranks second among Canadian provinces for per capita disposal, equating to 842 kilograms of waste per resident every year, but the provincial government is aiming for a 30 per cent reduction from 2014 levels by 2030.