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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.

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108 Episodes
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:
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. --- Support this podcast:
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 specialist John Iffland. --- Support this podcast:
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 by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. Support this podcast:
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 mitigation measures. Dr. Brittany Campbell, staff entomologist and research scientist for the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), discusses the risks with editor-in-chief Janelle Penny. --- Support this podcast:
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 hospitality and meeting spaces into sophisticated healthcare facilities. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. Support this podcast:
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 will the meetings and hotel industry have changed forever? What will be the proverbial “new normal?” BUILDINGS Chief Content Director Robert Nieminen discussed what this new world may look like with top designer Michael Suomi, founder of Suomi Design Works, for this BUILDINGS podcast. From social distancing to a hyper-aware focus on cleanliness, the world of hospitality design and the meetings and conventions experience may never be the same. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. Support this podcast:
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. Erica Walker, director of environmental policy and programs for 120Water, chats with editor-in-chief Janelle Penny about the steps facilities professionals can take now and when facilities are ready to reopen. --- Support this podcast:
COVID-19 and Roofing

COVID-19 and Roofing


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 editor-in-chief Janelle Penny to discuss what facilities professionals should know if they need a roof repair or replacement during the COVID-19 pandemic. We also touch on the industry's letter to the White House asking President Trump to protect roofing as an essential industry. --- Support this podcast:
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 acoustics and how to tailor it to occupant comfort. --- Support this podcast:
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 Welch, global key account manager with Orangebox, about this trend and whether it's just a bandage or a viable solution for workplace design. --- Support this podcast:
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 photo here. --- Support this podcast:
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 a rapid influx of people and discusses modular “pod” exam rooms for existing hospitals. --- Support this podcast:
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 place. See transcript and images here. --- Support this podcast:
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 sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. Support this podcast:
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 Professional, and Darin Squires, GP Pro’s general sales manager for commercial real estate, chat with editor-in-chief Janelle Penny about key hygiene concepts and how to help promote healthy work environments. *This podcast was created in partnership with GP Pro. --- Support this podcast:
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 the Pacific Northwest region in Mitsubishi Electric’s elevator/escalator division, and Aaron Schott, Mitsubishi Electric’s product manager for UPS solutions, join BUILDINGS editor-in-chief Janelle Penny to talk about the risks for commercial buildings. *This is a sponsored podcast, created in partnership with Mitsubishi Electric. --- Support this podcast:
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 public-private partnership that helped deliver results in more than 450 buildings representing over 115 million square feet. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. Support this podcast:
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 new coronavirus. Christiny Betsch, marketing manager for Cintas Corporation, joins editor-in-chief Janelle Penny to discuss how facilities managers can reduce the health risks in their buildings. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. Support this podcast:
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 happening in the industry. *This podcast was created in partnership with the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association. --- Support this podcast:
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