The VALUE of BELONGING Belonging to IFMA is very rewarding to me because it allows me to network with other facility managers, who share many of the same issues I face. It also allows me to mentor young facility managers and students interested in becoming facility managers or enhancing their FM skills and experiences. – Dave Riker, IFMA Member since 2005 IFMA is comprised of 24,000 facility management professionals across the globe, but some of the most significant connections members make often take place within IFMA’s membership subgroups. Chapters, Councils and Communities are groups that make it easier for you to connect with fellow members with whom you share common ground — whether that’s location, industry you work in or the building type in which you practice. In addition to our components, some of IFMA’s membership benefits include: • Knowledge Library, offering all FM content in one place • Educational opportunities to help you meet your career goals • Global FM conferences and tradeshows • Job Net, an online FM Job Board only available through IFMA • And more… For more details regarding membership benefits, please visit www.ifma.org/your-ifma Whitney Brothers® introduces a convertible standing desk for early learners Studies suggest that standing and sit-stand desks may offer benefits to health and productivity, which is why more of these alternative desks are seen in office environments, higher education and elementary schools. Whitney Brothers® has developed a line that applies to the littlest learners, too. A 113-year-old manufacturer of award-winning early-childhood furniture, Whitney Brothers® recently introduced the first convertible standing desk for preschool and kindergarten classrooms. The design of the WB1727 Convertible Standing Desk enables the desk surface to convert from a sitting height to a standing height easily, securely and without the use of any tools. The desk’s flexibility helps early learners avoid being sedentary, use good posture and stay engaged in classroom activity. Every Whitney Brothers® manufactured product is UL GREENGUARD® Gold Certified, qualifies for LEED credits, meets or exceeds CPSIA, ASTM and BIFMA requirements, and carries a Limited Lifetime Warranty. Visit whitneybros.com for additional information. For better hospitals, listen before building Studies show that noise inside hospitals can impair patient health and recovery. The World Health Organization recommends an average patient room noise level of 30 to 40 decibels, yet peak noise levels in some hospital areas reach 80 decibels — equivalent to a chainsaw. To ensure patients get more rest and quiet, Cerami & Associates has developed techniques for predicting the acoustics and noise levels inside health care facilities. Using Cerami Immersive™, the firm creates simulations of how a space sounds. Decision makers can “hear” the potential acoustics of building layouts and material choices before they begin building. Recently, the Cerami Immersive™ suite was employed for the design of the new 535,000-square-foot Lunder Building at Massachusetts General Hospital. By simulating ways to reduce vibration levels and outdoor and HVAC noise while adding sound-isolating doors, the Cerami team showed hospital designers how to improve acoustics to support positive patient outcomes. A Woman-Owned Business Enterprise, Cerami & Associates is a leader in acoustical and integrated technology consulting for a wide range of world-class projects. For more information, visit ceramiassociates.com. EZ Dump Commercial revolutionizing trashcan design Do custodians suffer more on-the-job injuries than police officers? Yes. Back injuries are OSHA’s number one reported worker incident, and the leading cause of injury among custodians is waste and recycling removal. EZ Dump Commercial aims to dispose of injuries associated with trash-bag removal. With the release of SmartcanMax™, the trash bag doesn’t come out of the can — the can comes off the trash bag. By stepping on a foot-release pedal at the base of the can, users remove the body of the container to access the bag from an ergonomically neutral position. More than 33 pounds of trash are created daily by each occupied hospital bed, which makes SmartcanMax™ an ideal solution for health care facilities. It is also being used in food service environments, where the container’s funnel top allows for fast capture of heavy food waste at counter height, and the component design is easy to clean. SmartcanMax™ meets NSF/ANSI Class 21 standards when used with a liner bag. It is 100 percent recyclable and manufactured with sustainable and recyclable materials. Visit ezdumpcommercial.com to see SmartcanMax™ in action. T Screen with KOOLBLACK® Technology from Mermet USA now available in 1 percent fabric openness To increase daylighting opportunities while minimizing solar heat gain, Mermet USA, a world leader in the solar protection market, has added 1 percent fabric openness to its T Screen with KOOLBLACK® Technology shade collection. One percent openness offers 95 to 99 percent UV blockage, reduced glare and clear views to the outside. KOOLBLACK® Technology eliminates tradeoffs between aesthetics and performance by incorporating near-infrared heat reflective properties into dark screen fabric. Taktis Fire is expandable, user-friendly and requires training Kentec Electronics’ latest fire detection and alarm system, Taktis Fire, is available in 2-8 loop or 2-16 loop versions, which makes it ideal for larger buildings. Certified to EN54- 2 and EN54-4, and with the capability to network up to 128 panels and repeaters, Taktis gives reassurance to building owners and operators. Taktis customers are required to complete at least six free training modules before using it in real-life situations. Training is available online to ensure any downtime is kept to a minimum. Based in the United Kingdom, Kentec Electronics is a life-safety control systems manufacturer. Exporting equipment to more than 90 countries, Kentec’s products are tested and approved to international standards. Visit taktis.co.uk for more. Connectrac unveils new 2.7 Under-carpet Wireway The Connectrac Under-carpet Wireway is the lowest wireway profile the company has ever designed. The low profile allows any carpet tile to be laid over the product, making it virtually invisible. This factor takes cable management out of sight and out of mind, blending in seamlessly with any application design. With carpeting completely covering the wireway, users can enjoy wireless aesthetics in their workspaces without core drilling or trenching. Under-carpet wireways are ideal for conference rooms, lecterns, lounge seating areas, reception areas and more, elegantly accommodating power and data/AV cabling. The 2.7 Duplex Receptacle is a three-wire, single-circuit device designed to be mounted in any Connectrac 2.7 Wireway, including the Under-carpet, On-floor and In-carpet options. This compact device provides two electrical receptacles and accommodates up to four telecom ports. To learn more, visit connectrac.com. DuPont™ Tyvek® innovates for the airline industry Due to its strength, durability and unique resistance to water and chemicals, Tyvek® material is widely applied as a protective barrier for building envelopes, protective apparel and medical packaging. With DuPont’s Tyvek® Xtreme™ W50 material, the company is revolutionizing weather barriers once again — this time to protect air cargo in the desert. DuPont partnered with Emirates SkyCargo to create a cargo cover strong enough to protect perishable and temperature-sensitive shipments. The new Tyvek® Xtreme™ W50 is a polyethylene barrier that shields against solar radiation and extreme temperatures; protects against rain, snow and insects; and remains permeable to gasses and water vapor. With Emirates SkyCargo customers shipping approximately 30,000 tons of perishables through their hub in Dubai each month, the cargo cover will significantly reduce waste during transport. Visit dupont.com to find out more.
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