Facility Management

fire and life safety guidance for ad hoc healthcare space

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Code rigour relaxed for ad hoc health care space

The NFPA guidance on alternative compliance options was developed to address four scenarios that have been rapidly arising in the United States.
hourly wage increase promised for Commissionaires security personnel

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Security agency pledges hourly wage increase

Security personnel on the Commissionaires Canada payroll in Ontario can expect an hourly wage increase of $2 effective April 6, reflecting their current status as essential provincial workers and the front line pressures they are facing.
ASHRAE volunteers guidance for setup of temporary field hospitals

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance

ASHRAE to aid setup of temporary field hospitals

ASHRAE has forged an epidemic task force to volunteer expert guidance on the setup of temporary field hospitals in non-traditional health care venues, such as convention centres and arenas.
COVID-19

REMI Network

Global COVID-19 response group launches

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and Leesman are joining forces to build a global pan-industry response group
workplace

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Will coronavirus change the future workplace?

Many companies have been forced to rethink the traditional workplace structure, as physical office space quickly morphs into a work-from-home situation.
Smart buildings harnessed for pandemic response

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Smart buildings harnessed for pandemic response

While climate change may have slipped somewhat from people’s consciousness and priorities right now, it’s noteworthy that the pandemic and climate crises are both problems of exponential growth against a limited capacity to cope.
key building services deemed essential in Ontario and Quebec

Canadian Facility Management & Design

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.
HVACR technicians adhere to Health Canada protocol

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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

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance

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.
energy demand load shifts to residential sector

Canadian Property Management

Energy demand load shifts to residential base

The energy demand load has shifted in sync with much of Ontario’s workforce from commercial to home offices, prompting calls for suspension of time-of-use pricing during the current COVID-19 related upheaval
state of emergency does not equate to provincial shutdown

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Ford stresses it’s not a provincial shutdown

Public transit, key retailers, including grocery stores and pharmacies, commercial office towers, industrial facilities and construction jobsites will remain open and functioning.
anxiety over COVID-19 could triggercleaning chemical mishaps

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance

Beware the risks of cleaning chemical mishaps

Some basic chemistry lessons should be reiterated: mixing bleach with ammonia-containing or acid-containing products will produce a toxic reaction.
anxiety over COVID-19 could triggercleaning chemical mishaps

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance

Beware the risks of cleaning chemical mishaps

Some basic chemistry lessons should be reiterated: any mixture of bleach with ammonia-containing or acid-containing products will produce a toxic reaction.
IFMA

REMI Network

Don Gilpin named IFMA president

Don Gilpin has been named president and chief operating officer of IFMA.
retail facilities managers

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Retail facilities managers address COVID-19

A growing number of industry organizations are providing their membership with online guidance related to COVID-19.
ASHRAE open COVID-19 technical guidance portal

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance

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.
Parking space pressure is a long-time issue at Regina General Hospital

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Parking space pressure spikes at Regina hospital

Saskatchewan's Health Minister has called for a feasibility study into a new parkade that would be privately built, owned and managed.