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The Buildings Podcast presents the latest developments and practices in facility management from energy management, lowering operating costs, maintenance of commercial buildings, life and safety, sustainability, green issues, project management, security, building performance and much more. Find more facility management news at www.buildings.com Send any comments or questions to buildingspodcast@gmail.com Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/buildings-podcast/support


SYLVANIA Natural Series with TruWave Technology from LEDVANCE: Product Innovations 2020
Sep 17 • 8 min
Learn how you can easily deliver the benefits of natural light all while saving energy with the Natural Series of LED lighting products with innovative TruWave Technology from LEDVANCE LLC. —- Support this podcast:…
Smart City by Mohawk Group: Product Innovations 2020
Sep 17 • 10 min
Mohawk Group’s Smart City carpet collection reinterprets transit maps into soft surfaces. Contributing editor Sarah Kloepple explores this sustainably created flooring system with Mark Page, Mohawk’s senior director, creative design and development. —-…
Transira Window Solutions by Winco Window Company: Product Innovations 2020
Sep 17 • 9 min
Transira Window Solutions embeds a shade between panes of glass so that dust and germs can’t stick to the shade. Editor in chief Janelle Penny explores the details with Gantt Miller IV, Winco’s sales representative for Northern California, and product…
Illinois’ New Biometrics Law: What It Means for Facilities
Jun 25 • 18 min
Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) imposes new requirements on companies that collect biometric information. BUILDINGS editor-in-chief Janelle Penny and attorney Brian Weinthal break down what you need to know. —- This episode is sponsored…
COVID-19: Have You Kept Up with Pest Control?
Jun 5 • 9 min
Buildings that have sat unoccupied or under-occupied while occupants worked from home are at risk for pest infestations. If you didn’t continue your regular pest control service while people were out of the office, it might be time to look into extra…
How Hospitality Spaces Become Healthcare Facilities
May 29 • 25 min
Meeting venues like the Javits Center have been pulled into service as field hospitals and other spaces for healthcare delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic. Jim Henry, healthcare sector leader at CallisonRTKL, walks us through what it takes to transform…
What Will Hotels and Conferences Look Like Post COVID-19?
Apr 21 • 22 min
Coronavirus has crippled the U.S. and global economy, with the hospitality industry especially hard hit. Estimates predict that 4 million hospitality jobs could be lost before the pandemic runs its course. After COVID-19 is in the rear-view mirror, how…
COVID-19: What Happens to Piping in Unused Buildings?
Apr 17 • 9 min
When closed buildings reopen, occupants may face contaminated drinking water. That’s because piping is at risk for corrosion, as well as the growth of microorganisms that can happen when chlorine dissipates in stagnant water and becomes less effective.…
COVID-19 and Roofing
Apr 3 • 11 min
Roofing is open for business, and roof projects can continue safely. That’s the message roofing associations are emphasizing in these uncertain times. Ellen Thorp, associate executive director of the EPDM Roofing Association, joins BUILDINGS…
How to Design for Acoustic Sensitivity
Mar 31 • 18 min
Does a one-size-fits-all approach to acoustic comfort work for every occupant? What about people who are more sensitive to noise than others? Guests Reetika Vijay and Grzegory Kosmal from IA Interior Architects join writer Robert Nieminen to discuss…
Are Privacy Pods the Answer to the Problem of Noisy Offices?
Mar 25 • 18 min
Privacy pods have been popping up all across open offices to help solve the problem of unwanted noise and lack of space for focus work. Join writer Robert Nieminen as he talks to Jim Abraham, Steelcase director for Orangebox Americas Business, and Adrian…
Money-Saving Editors’ Choice: Danfoss’s Interlaced Microchannel Heat Exchanger
Mar 20 • 7 min
This HVAC product was one of just three products to win the Editors’ Choice Designation out of the 45 winners in 2020’s Money-Saving Products competition. Here’s how this ultra-efficient heat exchanger reduces HVAC operating costs. See transcript and…
How Healthcare Facilities Can Prepare for Influx of Patients
Mar 20 • 20 min
What can hospitals do to prepare for current and future contagious disease outbreaks? For this FM Friday episode, Jenny Han, director of healthcare design for Skender, joins editor Janelle Penny to explain what healthcare facilities can do to prepare for…
Money-Saving Editors’ Choice: Singlewire’s InformaCast Fusion
Mar 19 • 7 min
This mass notification tool was one of just three products to win the Editors’ Choice designation out of the 45 Money-Saving Product winners. Learn more about this versatile notification system that integrates with the tools most buildings already have in…
Money-Saving Editor’s Choice: Ceilume’s Thermoformed Drop-Out Ceilings
Mar 18 • 10 min
Ceilume’s innovative ceiling panels were one of just three products to win the Editors’ Choice designation out of the 45 Money-Saving Product winners. See why these thermoplastic panels wowed our judges. See transcript and photos here. —- This episode is…
Pro Tips for Workplace Hygiene
Mar 13 • 13 min
Personal hygiene has been in the news lately, and the winter illness season is still winding down. What steps can managers of individual buildings take to help reduce the risk of illness? Amna Handley, director of clinical development for Georgia-Pacific…
Looming and Potential Financial Risks with Commercial Building Systems
Mar 3 • 18 min
The conversation around vertical transportation and uninterruptible power supplies often centers around efficiency and resilience, but there’s much more at stake with both of those systems—namely, the risk of major loss. Bruce Peterson, the manager for…
Secrets to Savings: Inside Atlanta’s Better Buildings Challenge Success
Feb 28 • 29 min
One of the first cities to sign on to the Better Buildings Challenge, Atlanta recently met its 20% energy savings goal two years ahead of schedule. AJ Robinson, president of Central Atlanta Progress, discusses the challenges Atlanta faced and the…
Flu Season and Facilities Managers
Feb 14 • 17 min
The flu, norovirus and other contagious illnesses cost businesses roughly $10.4 billion in sick days and lost productivity each year. This flu season also saw the arrival of another contagious illness – COVID-19, a severe respiratory illness caused by a…
Cool Roofing Dialogue at IRE 2020 with ARMA
Feb 10 • 8 min
Reed Hitchcock, executive vice president of the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) chats with BUILDINGS editor-in-chief Janelle Penny about cool roofing, California initiatives and the dialogue being had across the country about what’s…
What’s Trending in Today’s Commercial Retail Spaces
Feb 6 • 9 min
BUILDINGS associate editor Sarah Kloepple chats with Dana Reeves, commercial practice leader for national architecture, engineering and planning firm Bergmann, about the trends that are shaping today’s brick-and-mortar commercial retail spaces, as online…
How Johnson Controls Aims to Help FMs Drive Efficiency (AHR 2020)
Feb 4 • 6 min
Live from the AHR Expo 2020, associate editor Sarah Kloepple sits down with Mike Ellis, chief customer and digital officer at Johnson Controls. Ellis discusses how Johnson Controls focuses on customer experience and implements digital tech into not only…
Creating a Building Ecosystem with LG Electronics, and a Look at Its Exciting New Hotel Project in Texas
Feb 4 • 6 min
Live from the AHR Expo 2020, associate editor Sarah Kloepple sits down with Donald Decker, director of owner sales for LG Air Conditioning Technologies. He discusses the ways in which LG solutions and controls can help create a full building ecosystem for…
New York’s Bird-Friendly Glass Policy is a Game-Changer for Buildings Description
Jan 31 • 15 min
BUILDINGS staff writer Adrian Thompson and design director Fatih Ergun of Marin Architects discuss how New York’s new legislation requiring bird-friendly glass to be included on any new construction and major renovations will affect the future of…
Why Don’t More Companies Have Efficiency Targets?
Jan 24 • 8 min
Energy efficiency is good for the environment, your company’s brand and its bottom line, but few companies have set specific energy efficiency targets. BUILDINGS editor-in-chief Janelle Penny explores how facilities managers can turn the tide. —- This…
Australia Bushfires and How You Can Battle the Climate Crisis
Jan 9 • 4 min
In this FM Friday Buildings Podcast, associate editor Sarah Kloepple explains what scientists say is causing the unprecedented bushfires in Australia. She directs you to useful tips, how-tos and case studies, highlighting sustainable solutions that can…
An Open Office Debate
Dec 30, 2019 • 27 min
Editors Valerie Dennis Craven and Janelle Penny discuss the evolution of open offices, including solutions, considerations and what the future holds. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app…
Products That Save You Money
Dec 23, 2019 • 7 min
Janelle Penny discusses products that affect the bottom line by reducing the use of resources and cut down on time and labor investment. She chats about the annual Money-Saving Products program results from last year, a new toilet that is supposed to…
Editors Chat About the 2020 Colors of the Year
Dec 12, 2019 • 15 min
Editors Valerie Dennis Craven and Sarah Kloepple talk about color of the year announcements, how they expect to see the colors used, and what the colors mean for design and occupants in a space. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to…
BUILDINGS Editors on the Top Stories of 2019
Dec 6, 2019 • 20 min
Editor-in-chief Janelle Penny and associate editor Sarah Kloepple dive deep into the stories that resonated most with readers this year, from VRF HVAC further assimilating into the North American market to interior design trends to gender-neutral…
Solving the Power Flexibility Puzzle in Office Design
Nov 25, 2019 • 9 min
Helping people thrive is the key to achieving maximum productivity and ROI, but too many spaces aren’t flexible enough to do that. Learn how raceways help facilities managers reconfigure spaces to support users’ work needs. *Podcast was created in…
Acoustics Considerations for Shared Spaces
Nov 22, 2019 • 15 min
Sound can inspire or detract from a space, and shared spaces such as restaurants or open rooms can be difficult to control. Anthony Poon of Poon Design Inc. provides considerations and solutions for a positive experience in shared spaces. —- This episode…
How Building Materials Turn Toxic During a Fire
Nov 22, 2019 • 14 min
As wildfire season continues in California, it’s important to be aware of the less-obvious hazards of wildfires (and building fires in general). Buildings that end up being destroyed and burned can emit hazardous toxins from different kinds of materials…
Productivity and ROI Drivers in Open Offices
Oct 28, 2019 • 43 min
Every open office design is different, but they all have one thing in common: the need to drive productivity and ROI. Angie Lee, vice president of buildings and global workplace sector leader for Stantec, explains how to create open office spaces where…
Restroom’s Role in Today’s Office: GP Pro Series #3
Oct 22, 2019 • 25 min
The restroom is the one part of your facility that nearly everyone will see. It plays an outsized role in how people perceive your building. Darin Squires, GP Pro’s general sales manager for commercial real state, and director of segment insights Abhijeet…
Electrical Needs? IBEW and NECA Equals Problem Solved at IFMA
Oct 17, 2019 • 3 min
Straight from the IFMA World Workplace floor in Phoenix, Janelle Penny speaks with Roger King, international rep in business development for NECA [National Electrical Contractors Association] and IBEW [International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers].…
Solutions for Your Building’s Life Cycle from Gordian at IFMA
Oct 17, 2019 • 4 min
Live from the IFMA World Workplace convention in Phoenix, Janelle Penny speaks with Alyssa Chapman from Gordian about their solutions for the full building life cycle; JOC, their intuitive software platform; as well as other innovative services they…
Get Your Building Ready to Enter the TOBY Awards
Oct 2, 2019 • 6 min
In this episode, Janelle Penny talks about our shared spaces features as well as some tangible ways you can showcase how you’re elevating your building if you choose to enter your facility for consideration for a TOBY Award. Here’s a sneak peek: Share the…
Tips to Combat Heat Island Effect Around Your Building
Sep 30, 2019 • 12 min
You don’t have to live in a large city or be in the middle of summer to experience the heat island effect. Janelle Penny, editor-in-chief of Buildings, shares what this is and what you can do to lower the impact it has on your facility. —- This episode is…
Generation Z and the Office of the Future: GP Pro Series #2
Sep 26, 2019 • 27 min
Generation Z—people born after 1996—is entering the workforce, and with it comes a major shift in the way offices operate. This generation prizes flexibility, amenities and a premium experience. Darin Squires, general sales manager of the commercial real…
The Future of Solar Power
Sep 23, 2019 • 9 min
Solar panels look much like they always have, but their consistent appearance belies big improvements in efficiency and affordability. Editor-in-chief Janelle Penny discusses the next frontier of solar power with Brian Lynch, director of solar and energy…
Upward Elevator Trends Taking Over the Industry
Sep 10, 2019 • 9 min
The elevator industry is going through some exciting innovations, including fitting more elevators into fewer shafts that operate independently from each other. Janelle Penny talks about advancements like these and more trends we’re seeing. —- This…
Security Red Flags in Existing Healthcare Facilities
Sep 3, 2019 • 12 min
Experts who work with security issues all day, every day, Alan Butler of HSS and Sean Ahrens of Affiliated Engineers Inc., share their insights with Janelle Penny, editor-in-chief of BUILDINGS, who shares them with you during this FM Friday episode. —-…
Upgrading Amenities and the Impact on Your Business: GP Pro Series #1
Aug 23, 2019 • 22 min
What are your amenities saying about your business? Suzanne Maynard and Darin Squires of GP Pro explore what tenants and employees are looking for in the 21st Century workplace, including how to keep your expenses under control while still providing…
Eliminate Fall Claims By 90 Percent with this Adhesive-Backed Mat
Aug 6, 2019 • 6 min
Slips, trips and falls are three things any facility manager wants to avoid within their building. New Pig Corporation created the world’s first proven adhesive-backed mat—the Grippy Mat—which can lower slip, trip and fall claims by up to 90 percent. —-…
8 Facility Management Certification Resources on a Tiny Budget
Aug 6, 2019 • 14 min
Searching for ways to upgrade your facilities knowledge on a low- to no-funded budget? Janelle Penny shares these free or low-cost educational resources that help you keep up with the latest industry trends while maintaining your bottom line. You can also…
Connect With Your Smart Building Technology
Jul 22, 2019 • 8 min
Smart building technology continues to evolve, but it’s not a thing of the future. Chances are you’re already using it in your facility. There are ways to leverage what you already have to drive improvements in operation, improvements in the business, as…
Carlisle Roofing Series #3: Alternative Attachment Methods
Jul 16, 2019 • 28 min
You don’t always need a bucket of adhesives to attach a single-ply roof. In the third installment of the Carlisle Roofing Series, we explore two alternative methods - RapidLock hook and loop attachment and VacuSeal wind-vented attachment. Carlisle’s Chad…
How a Smart Building Evolved into a Strategic Asset
Jul 3, 2019 • 11 min
Is your building connected? If not, Trevor Palmer from Acuity Brands talks with Janelle Penny about what happens when it is. He sheds light on the evolution of the connected building, growing from just energy savings and comfort to the occupant journey…
Hand Dryers: What You Need to Know About Maintenance, New Tech
Jul 3, 2019 • 13 min
BUILDINGS staff writer Sarah Kloepple chats with Bill Gagnon, vice president of sales and marketing with Excel Dryers, about all things hand dryers—including maintenance, ADA compliance, misconceptions and new innovations in recent years. —- This episode…
Predict and Prevent Issues With Artificial Intelligence: BOMA 2019
Jun 25, 2019 • 4 min
Move from a respond-and-react to a predict-and-prevent type of scenario using artificial intelligence to notice trends and stay ahead of the issues that might occur at your building site. I met with Brian Wilson and Lindsay King from Allied Universal…
Renovating a Nonprofit Organization on a Budget
Jun 24, 2019 • 25 min
Architectural and interior design and strategic planning firm Oculus recently worked on renovating the St. Louis Arc Office and Community Center. Ron Reim, executive vice president and co-founder of Oculus talks about the limitations and challenges…
Tenants Are Aware of Your Building’s Hygiene: BOMA 2019
Jun 24, 2019 • 8 min
How clean is your building? Deb Mazzuca, an expert from Essity, explains why tenants are more aware of hygiene in public spaces—and how you can improve cleanliness in your facility. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a…
Smart Irrigation Controller: BOMA 2019
Jun 24, 2019 • 4 min
Manage your water irrigation system from your phone using weather data to more accurately determine how much water to use. Some property managers have cut costs by about 35%. Christoph Trappe talks with Jake Bryan from Smart Rain about the many benefits…
Tips for Water Conservation and Efficiency
Jun 19, 2019 • 16 min
Water efficiency expert Mike Orlando from T&S Brass shares tips on how to be green and efficient with water use. He shares some eye-opening stats about water usage and what each building can do to help sustain this crucial-to-life natural resource. —-…
Relaxing Floors: These Carpet Patterns Reduce Stress
Jun 19, 2019 • 6 min
Showcased at NeoCon 2019, Relaxing Floors collection from Mohawk is a kind of experiment between art, science and human-centered design based on these fractal patterns they uncovered in nature that have been identified to draw in the human eye. It has a…
Color Trends from Scandinavian Spaces
Jun 18, 2019 • 6 min
Christoph Trappe chats with Scandinavian Spaces about how they use color to inspire productivity at NeoCon 2019. Plus, check out the 360 degree VR video of their showroom. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.…
Open Plan Overhaul: Bending Rail Desk
Jun 18, 2019 • 5 min
Straight from the NeoCon 2019 showroom, Christoph Trappe chats with Cia Mooney from Watson about their open office floor plan overhaul, which birthed the idea of the bending rail desk system. Make your furniture choices be flexible to support your company…
NCARB Updates On Architectural Licensing Requirements
Jun 13, 2019 • 5 min
Christoph Trappe sat down with NCARB CEO Michael Armstrong at AIA in Las Vegas 2019 and got an update on what’s happening in the industry, the history of architectural codes and education as well as who the key players are and what actually goes into…
Look and Feel of Real Wood with the Benefits of Laminate
Jun 13, 2019 • 6 min
Everyone loves the look and feel of real wood. But wood is not without its issues. Christoph Trappe speaks with Lisa Thornton from Egger Wood Products at the AIA Conference about the many benefits of using laminate materials for items like desks and…
Security in Parking Garages, Retail and Schools
Jun 7, 2019 • 10 min
Security is one of the top items on the minds of facility managers and owners—and your occupants. Christoph Trappe talks to Adrienne Reitz from Cornell Cookson about the latest security trends in parking garages, retail and schools. —- This episode is…
AIA 2019: BIM Perpetual License - Your Projects Are Yours
Jun 7, 2019 • 5 min
SaaS subscriptions tend to be month-to-month and if it lapses, designers and architects lose access to their projects. Go from concept to completion all in one BIM software with Vectorworks and keep what’s yours. Christoph Trappe speaks with industry…
Reasons to Have a Skylight in Your Building
Jun 6, 2019 • 5 min
Christoph Trappe spoke with Mark Brink from VELUX about their skylight products. During this conversation, they chat about the multi-level benefits for including or retrofitting a skylight in your facility. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The…
AIA 2019: Acoustics that Enable Architectural Design
Jun 6, 2019 • 6 min
CertainTeed created an acoustical solution that enables architects to create aesthetically pleasing, functional designs that can be tailored to suit colors, shapes, and other customized elements needed for schools, hospitals and more. Christoph Trappe…
AIA 2019: Commercial AC Unit Marries Function with Design
Jun 6, 2019 • 4 min
In this podcast from the AIA conference in Las Vegas, Christoph Trappe speaks with Ron Schumacher of LG Electronics about their new air condition unit used in commercial buildings that is functional and also has the look. —- This episode is sponsored by ·…
FM Friday: Innovative Products
May 28, 2019 • 11 min
Janelle Penny chats about trending smart building innovative products, such as wayfinding apps, occupant-centered technology, sensors, access control and more. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.…
Unique Multi-Use Security Sensors Go Where Cameras Can’t
May 23, 2019 • 17 min
In this podcast, Christoph Trappe chats with David Antar, president at IPVideo, about how the company’s product—Halo Smart Sensors—helps with building security. It uses sensors to catch: vapes, fires, aggression, glass breaking and gunshots. They discuss…
LIGHTFAIR 2019: Lighting’s Ability to Disinfect a Space
May 22, 2019 • 4 min
At LIGHTFAIR International 2019 in Philadelphia, PA, Sarah Kloepple spoke with David Korow, senior lighting specialist with Current by GE about the evolution of the technology behind lighting’s ability to disinfect spaces. He also touches on the…
Prescriptive Maintenance: The Next Generation Solution
May 10, 2019 • 32 min
Preventative maintenance is a crucial component to your facilities systems. Taking this one step further is prescriptive maintenance—or RxM. Joel Wheatley from C&W Services speaks with Janelle Penny about how this next generation option builds upon…
Carlisle Roofing Series #2: Roof Gardens
May 7, 2019 • 20 min
Vegetated roofs aren’t just beautiful—they’re valuable tools for managing stormwater, reducing the urban heat island effect, and providing more usable space for building occupants. In the second installation of the Carlisle Roofing Series, BUILDINGS…
Carlisle Roofing Series #1: Resilient Roofing Strategies
May 7, 2019 • 7 min
Resilience starts with a roof you can trust to protect your building. Ron Goodman, EPDM product manager for Carlisle SynTec Systems, and BUILDINGS editor-in-chief Janelle Penny discuss EPDM’s resistance against weathering, heat damage and hail. Don’t miss…
The Changing Relationship Between People and Data Centers
Apr 29, 2019 • 20 min
Valerie Dennis Craven speaks with Gabe Clark, principal for data centers with Corgan. They discuss the changing relationship between people and data centers, looking at edge data centers and those in an urban footprint. —- This episode is sponsored by ·…
How to Reduce Noise in Your Building
Apr 23, 2019 • 47 min
Christoph Trappe usually likes it quiet in his work space. One day a meeting was interrupted by loud external noise and he thought: What a great starting point to learn about noise reductions in commercial buildings. In this episode, Christoph chats with…
Rebates, Tax Incentives and Financing for Building Upgrades
Apr 15, 2019 • 23 min
Looking for tips on how to finance your building upgrades with rebates and tax incentives? Janelle Penny speaks with Emily Naden, director of federal affairs, and John Bryant, vice president of advocacy and building codes, both from BOMA International,…
NRCA at the White House and the Challenges of Recruiting
Apr 9, 2019 • 10 min
Janelle Penny, editor-in-chief of BUILDINGS, talks about the National Roofing Contractors Association’s (NRCA) meeting with the White House chief of staff to discuss the shortage of qualified roofers. This was the first time the roofing industry has had a…
System 4500 Doors and Windows: Editors’ Choice
Apr 8, 2019 • 15 min
REHAU’s System 4500 windows and doors are an affordable way to let in daylight and fresh air without the potentially costly pitfalls posed by other window materials. REHAU was recently honored as a Money-Saving Products Editors’ Choice winner for this…
Retrofit Kit with Indigo-Clean Technology: Editors’ Choice
Apr 8, 2019 • 9 min
Kenall Lighting’s Retrofit Kit with Indigo-Clean Technology is targeted toward any lighting products you already use that have florescent fixtures. The goal is to reduce facilities mangers’ energy costs, as well as their maintenance costs. But this…
Building Analytics Solution Clockworks: Editors’ Choice
Apr 5, 2019 • 7 min
Clockworks automated buildings analytics brings automated fault detection and diagnostics to empower facilities teams to make their operations proactive, minimize energy use and improve occupant comfort. Clockworks was awarded an Editors’ Choice…
LEED Zero: New Designation for Net Zero
Apr 4, 2019 • 13 min
Emma Hughes, project manager for LEED, speaks with Janelle Penny about how project teams pursuing LEED certification for buildings now have a new option: LEED Zero. Learn more about this designation, including the requirements behind it and how it can…
March Madness and How to Get the Most Out of Conferences
Mar 22, 2019 • 7 min
In this Weekly Roundup, senior writer Janelle Penny talks about March Madness brackets and high-stakes athletic facilities. Plus: a preview of our BOMA conference coverage next week. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a…
Weekly Roundup: Sandy Hook Redesign, Recruiting Millennials & Human-Centric Lighting
Mar 15, 2019 • 8 min
From an interview about the Sandy Hook redesign to recruiting millennial talent to BOMA 2019 highlights to human-centric lighting, Janelle Penny chats about the week it’s been during this new weekly roundup BUILDINGS podcast. —- This episode is sponsored…
BUILDINGS: Our First Live Broadcast
Mar 7, 2019 • 7 min
Senior writer Janelle Penny introduces a new BUILDINGS feature - a weekly live broadcast on social media where BUILDINGS editors review the week’s top stories and offer a sneak peek into upcoming facilities management content. —- This episode is sponsored…
Hydronic Snow & Ice Melting Systems for Buildings
Mar 5, 2019 • 13 min
Janelle Penny speaks with Mike East from REHAU about hydronic snow and ice melting systems and how they benefit commercial buildings. Rather read the transcript? Here you go: Important Considerations for Hydronic SIMS from REHAU —- This episode is…
Tenant Amenities are Trending at Industry Trade Shows
Feb 25, 2019 • 16 min
Christoph Trappe and Janelle Penny discuss the tenant amenities they’ve seen at industry trade shows like BOMA International Conference & Expo. They provide examples of what an amenity could include, explain some things you will want to consider…
Specifying Money-Saving Products
Feb 19, 2019 • 11 min
How can you be sure a product will save you money? Mick Metzger, vice president for Pepper Construction Group, explains smart strategies for vetting vendors. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.…
IRE: Duro-Last Roofing Solutions Help Your Budget
Feb 14, 2019 • 5 min
From the IRE trade show floor, Jason Dark from Duro-Last discusses with Janelle Penny how their labor-saving roofing solutions benefit buildings owners and managers. Making installation easier on contractors means less mistakes are made, which equates to…
IRE: Staying Ahead with TRUFAST Roofing Fasteners
Feb 13, 2019 • 4 min
Jason Wigboldly, from TRUFAST roofing fasteners, chats with Janelle Penny at IRE 2019. Jason talks about providing fasteners to the entire building envelope for commercial roofs, side walls and below grade. He also discusses new energy codes for…
IRE: Roofing Trends Seen by EPDM Roofing Association
Feb 12, 2019 • 7 min
Janelle Penny speaks with Mike DuCharme, of the EDPM Roofing Association (ERA), at the IRE Expo 2019. Mike talks about the many changes he’s seen over his 35 years in the industry, as well as current trends that have popped up. Rather read the transcript?…
Put a Lid On It: Acoustics from TURF Design
Feb 7, 2019 • 18 min
TURF Design in Chicago provides customizable acoustics solutions for open-offices and school environments. Christoph Trappe of interiors+sources and Buildings speaks with Zoe Post and Dustin Headley from TURF Design about their headquarters, products and…
The RELi Standard and the Future of Resilient Design
Feb 4, 2019 • 22 min
BUILDINGS’ senior staff writer Janelle Penny talks to Doug Pierce, director of Perkins+Will Resilience Research Lab, about the Building Resilience Standard RELi. Doug explains the requisites and credits for RELi that are focused on things like climate…
Security Threats of Tailgating in Your Facility
Jan 28, 2019 • 19 min
Sean Ahrens, a leader in the field of security and resilience, as well as a project manager for Affiliated Engineers, Inc., shares insights with Janelle Penny into the security threats of tailgating and piggybacking in respect to the access control of…
Tips to Get Through TSA Security with Your Sanity Intact
Jan 21, 2019 • 15 min
Getting through TSA security can already present challenges for travelers. Add in a government shutdown with workers who aren’t getting paid and it can be even more stressful. World traveler Christoph Trappe and Sarah Kloepple chat about their airport…
AHR Expo: How HVAC Industry Recruits Next Generation
Jan 16, 2019 • 7 min
BUILDINGS’ Sarah Kloepple speaks with Susan Kaufman from Daikin Applied about their Next Generation Event they hosted at AHR Expo 2019 in Atlanta. The event, created exclusively for engineering and technical trade students during the show, helps to foster…
AHR Expo: Benefits of Using UV to Clean Coils
Jan 15, 2019 • 6 min
Christoph Trappe and Dan Jones, president of UV Resources, chat about the benefits of using UV to clean coils. These can include better IAQ, less spending on energy costs and sometimes an ROI of six months. Read the full transcript here. —- This episode…
AHR Expo: The HFC Refrigerant Phase Out
Jan 15, 2019 • 6 min
Christoph Trappe speaks with Mark Menzer, director of public affairs with Danfoss, about what facility managers and building owners should know about the evolving HFC refrigerant phase out and what you can do to move forward. Rather read? Here’s an…
Health Risks of 3D Printers
Jan 14, 2019 • 13 min
Based off a research report conducted by Georgia Tech and UL Chemical Safety, Sarah Kloepple and Christoph Trappe chat about the rising popularity of 3D printers for businesses, schools and personal use. They discuss topics like the health risks…
AHR Expo: Ever-Changing Facilities Industry
Jan 14, 2019 • 10 min
Christoph Trappe speaks with Sudhi Sinha, VP & GM, Data Enabled Business, from Johnson Controls about the dynamically changing environment in facilities management and how facility managers and owners can keep at the forefront. Read the full transcript.…
Express Listen: Better Plans for Emergency Evacuations
Dec 27, 2018 • 5 min
Do your occupants know how to evacuate your building during an emergency? Where will they go once they leave? Mariah Obiedzinski, BUILDINGS’ director of content services, chats with senior writer Janelle Penny about what belongs in an evacuation plan. The…
Year in Review: Staff Favorites
Dec 26, 2018 • 32 min
Active shooter training, tunable lighting, living walls, glass envelopes, Heat Island Effect and the next generation: writers share insight into their favorite articles of the year. Interestingly, these are also trending topics in 2019. —- This episode is…
Omni Hotel - Brings Innovative Approaches to New Properties
Dec 4, 2018 • 37 min
Privately owned Omni Hotels & Resorts places a premium on design, art and surrounding historic architectural offerings in its properties. We sat down with Laura Trussel McKoy, Omni’s creative director and vice president of interior design, and senior VP…
The Many Considerations of Healthcare Facility Design
Nov 20, 2018 • 45 min
From children’s hospitals to outpatient facilities, the challenges and opportunities in healthcare design are uncovered by interiors+sources editor-in-chief Kadie Yale. She speaks with expert designer Rebecca Donner, principal and founder of Inner Design…
Active Shooter Training Eye Openers
Nov 9, 2018 • 15 min
Mass shootings are unfortunately becoming more common across the United States. Does your building have a plan? Christoph Trappe and Janelle Penny discuss the eye-opening lessons learned from their company active shooter training. Find out how you can…
Investigating Irma: What Today’s Hurricanes Mean for Building Design
Oct 19, 2018 • 21 min
Hurricane Irma was the costliest storm in Florida’s history and devastated the U.S. Virgin Islands. The investigative teams examining both places after the storm discovered design issues that have wide-ranging implications for building codes and design…
Express Listen: Trendy Moxy Hotel Review
Oct 3, 2018 • 5 min
Christoph Trappe and Valerie Dennis Craven sit at the outside bar at the Moxy Hotel in Minneapolis and do an impromptu review. Like to hang out in hammocks? Sure. There’s a spot for that. Enjoy gathering and listening to records? Sure. They have those…
Airport Lounges: Home Away from Home
Sep 27, 2018 • 25 min
A. Razzak Memon thrives on ever-changing technology, providing a total solution for current and future needs. He also has been a frequent flyer at 300,000 miles every year. Needless to say, he spends more time in airport lounges than anywhere else.…
Architectural Salvage: Benefits of Reusing Old Buildings
Aug 20, 2018 • 23 min
This maker creates art from salvaged materials. What happens to the buildings that aren’t in good enough shape to upgrade? Empty, decaying buildings are an eyesore – but demolishing them means valuable, reusable materials take up space in a local…
Express Listen: Bike Parking at Commercial Buildings
Jun 26, 2018 • 6 min
Wellness programs at workplaces are becoming more common, as are other ways of getting there, like on a bicycle. With this comes the need for facilities managers and building owners to provide adequate parking for these bikes. Christoph chats with Mike…
Express Listen: Wellness Activities for Commercial Buildings
Jun 25, 2018 • 5 min
Employee wellness in commercial buildings is trending for facilities managers and building owners. Christoph Trappe is on the frontlines at the 2018 BOMA International Expo in San Antonio, Texas. He is seeing this evolution of wellness in the workplace on…