May 2021

May 11 Virtual Automation Technology for Effective Building Water Management [EMA WEBINAR] Energy Management Association (EMA); GF Piping Systems

The Energy Management Association (EMA) is teaming up with the newest Associate member GF Piping Systems to host a free AIA-approved webinar that will discuss best practices for water management and how to further optimize your water plan by integrating automation tools. Historically, premise plumbing systems have been designed, installed, and operated without the ability to quickly and easily monitor their operation, making effective building water management time consuming and difficult. In this presentation, the presenters will review the impact of common building water issues, principles of effective water management, and how emerging automation technology supports key water management objectives, including fundamental legionella control strategies, improved user experience, and plumbing system optimization. Attendees include: commissioning providers, building owners and facilities managers, energy managers, MEP engineers, HVAC testing professionals, and other building professionals. Presenter: Greg Swafford, CPD, GPD, GF Piping Systems. Cost: Free. Time: 2:00 p.m. Eastern. Continuing Education Credits: AIA 1 LU.

Learning Objectives:

  • List common building water issues impacting water safety and efficiency.
  • Explain key water management principles for minimizing risk associated with premise plumbing.
  • Identify emerging technology available to support effective building water management.
  • Describe how emerging technology supports key water management objectives: user satisfaction, water and energy optimization, and drinking water hygiene.

Automation Technology for Effective Building Water Management [EMA WEBINAR]

May 12 Virtual Best Practices for Anti-Terrorism Security (BPATS) Based Assessment Process for Commercial Facilities Course [VIRTUAL] National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS)

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has national leadership responsibilities for managing risks involving critical infrastructure, key resources, and events. DHS has identified commercial facilities as key assets in the critical infrastructure/ key resource sector and encourages the widespread deployment of effective anti-terrorism technologies, services and capabilities. Building security programs are a technology that may receive designation under the SAFETY Act. To help commercial building owners and managers, the Science and Technology Directorate and the Office of SAFETY Act Implementation identified a set of best operational security practices for metropolitan commercial office buildings, referred to as Best Practices for Anti-Terrorism Security or BPATS.

On May 12, 2021, NIBS will be conducting a virtual training session on BPATS Based Assessment Process for Commercial Facilities from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST. The training will start with an overview of the DHS SAFETY Act and an introduction to the BPATS Assessment Process and Common Security Practices. Then the instructor will describe the online BPATS Assessment Tool in detail, provide training on how to use the tool, and lead a hands-on exercise with the students.


Best Practices for Anti-Terrorism Security (BPATS) Based Assessment Process for Commercial Facilities Course [VIRTUAL]

May 12 Various locations worldwide World FM Day/Week 2021 [VIRTUAL] Global FM; IFMA; FM organizations worldwide

Initiated in 2008 by Global FM and given renewed exposure by the current global pandemic, World FM Day aims to recognize the vital work that FM professionals contribute to business worldwide, and to raise the profile of the FM profession anywhere they influence the health, safety, productivity and well-being of people who utilize the built environment. With the pandemic, FM teams have stood at the forefront in making environments and digital platforms available to meet unanticipated demands and have been significantly important in keeping many sectors operating. With a renewed importance being placed on human health and safety coupled with building sustainability and resilience, the FM today has been thrust into the center of the “Return To” conversation.

Titled “Celebrating FM — Standing Tall Beyond the Pandemic,” this year’s World FM Day activities are encouraged the week of May 10-14. FM organizations on six continents normally celebrate World FM Day by holding public events such as staff luncheons, panel seminars and workshops, social media chats, client networking events and more. Winners of the 2021 World FM Awards will be announced. Global FM offers the World FM Day 2021 Toolkit in numerous languages on its site.

IFMA marks the occasion in various ways and encourages activities the whole month. Let ​IFMA or Global FM know how you plan to celebrate World FM Day, and they will help spread the word via social media channels.

World FM Day/Week 2021 [VIRTUAL]

May 17 - May 20 Virtual Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit 2021 [VIRTUAL] US Department of Energy (DOE)

This annual event is an opportunity for partners and stakeholders to explore emerging technologies and share innovative strategies and market leadership in energy and water efficiency. This year’s virtual, no-cost Leadership Symposium will feature engaging and interactive sessions, as well as opportunities for attendees to network with industry peers and experts. Join energy, finance, and sustainability professionals from the commercial, public, industrial, and residential building sectors to discuss emerging technologies in energy and water efficiency, workforce development, resilience planning and more. The event features 40 interactive sessions, Summit plenaries and a roundtable with leadership at DOE’s National Labs about emerging technologies, as well as special events including Ask-an-Expert, a spotlight on green leasing, and virtual building tours. The 2021 Summit is free to attend.

Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit 2021 [VIRTUAL]

May 19 - May 20 Phoenix, AZ, Southwest Buildings & Facilities Management (SWBFM2021) Trade Show & Conference ProExpos Group

The 6th Annual Southwest Buildings & Facilities Management (SWBFM2021) Trade Show & Conference will feature over 150 companies displaying products and services necessary for the operation, management, maintenance and renovation of buildings and facilities in the Southwest US. Running concurrently with the trade show is an educational conference featuring 20 individual one-hour talks covering a wide range of topics including: LEED, Green, Sustainability, Energy, Building Commissioning, Facility Maintenance, Construction and Renovation Planning. Conference sponsors and presenters include ASU, ASHE, USGBC, BOMA, ASSP, AEE and IFMA. IFMA – Greater Phoenix provides CFM credits, and AFE provides CEU credits for all 20 Conference Talks.

Southwest Buildings & Facilities Management (SWBFM2021) Trade Show & Conference

May 24 - May 27 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia FM EXPO Saudi and Saudi Clean Expo 2021 dmg::events

Part of the Big 5 Saudi event, the co-located FM EXPO Saudi (Facilities Management Solutions) and Saudi Clean Expo (Cleaning & Hygiene Solutions) bring together the entire FM and cleaning industry in Saudi Arabia. As the world is preparing for the next normal, this event promises to help attendees get to grips with the latest challenges and changes in one of the most technically demanding sectors of the built environment. FM Expo Saudi and Saudi Clean Expo bring expertise, technology, and products together for an exchange of ideas and innovations. Opening the door to exciting developments in the world of facilities management and cleaning to the region’s key decision-makers, this co-located showcase welcomes an international line-up of top-tier manufacturers and distributors. Free visitor registration.

FM EXPO Saudi and Saudi Clean Expo 2021

May 25 - May 27 Paris, France Workspace Expo (WE) 2021 (French FM event) Weyou Group; ARSEG (Work Environment Directors Association); Workplace Magazine; etc.

Rescheduled from March, Workspace Expo is the French international trade fair dedicated to the design, furniture, layout and management of workspaces. The annual work environment event convenes 18,000+ visitors across all aspects of the facilities purchasing chain, including architects, specifiers, manufacturers, real estate professionals and FMs. In addition to the conferences and workshops offered, 240 French and international exhibitors showcase the latest innovations, equipment, energy-efficient solutions, and ergonomic furnishings for designing and outfitting office spaces, including furniture, layout, design, air and lights, acoustics, walls, floors, ceilings and audiovisual (AV). The 2021Innovation Awards will be presented.

Workspace Expo (WE) 2021 (French FM event)

May 26 - May 27 Virtual SpaceIQ Return Agile Conference [VIRTUAL] SpaceIQ

Join SpaceIQ for Return Agile, a two-day event that brings together experts from facilities management (FM), space management, workplace, and commercial real estate to discuss strategies for a move back to the office. The event will be streamed live in the Americas and EMEA on May 26-27 and in APAC on May 27-28, 2021. Keynote speaker Adam Grant — Organizational Psychologist, The Wharton School of Business; Bestselling Author; Host: WorkLife, a TED Original Podcast — will present insightful and entertaining information about “The Importance of Data in the Workplace After the Pandemic.” He’ll be followed by Ian Morley, SpaceIQ Chief Product Officer, who will discuss the SpaceIQ Product Vision for the Future.

Additional breakout sessions hosted by SpaceIQ experts and customers will cover an array of agile and return-to-work topics, including:

  • Identifying Value and the Key Stakeholders for Workplace Technology
  • How to Create an Agile Workplace / Hybrid Workplace / ABW / Flex
  • Partnering Across Departments to Build the Modern Workplace
  • How to Build a Business Case for Real Estate Technology and Show Value

SpaceIQ Return Agile Conference [VIRTUAL]

May 26 Virtual Surface Cleaning, Air Cleaning, and Indoor Air Quality: Expect the Unexpected (#2 in series) [CIRI WEBINAR] Cleaning Industry Research Institute (CIRI)

This is Webinar #2 of the three-part series Aerosols, Fomites and Air Quality: What research says about the impact of cleaning on health.

Webinar #2 will be presented by Douglas B. Collins, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Bucknell University, May 26 at 1:00 p.m. EDT.

Indoor air quality (IAQ) is associated with a range of health outcomes for building occupants. The composition of indoor air is governed by the building’s environmental surroundings, structural and material features of the building, air handling, and the activities that take place within. From a chemical perspective, the composition of air in a building can change rapidly in response to a change in any one of the aforementioned factors. In this presentation, Prof. Collins will focus on how surface- and air-cleaning methods can bring about unintended consequences for indoor air. Since nearly every action we take in a building can have a downstream effect on the indoor environment, it is important to consider both the direct and indirect effects of our actions on indoor air. Despite our best intentions to maintain healthy indoor environments, we need to expect that we will come to find perhaps unexpected air quality outcomes resulting from our actions.

Surface Cleaning, Air Cleaning, and Indoor Air Quality: Expect the Unexpected (#2 in series) [CIRI WEBINAR]

May 31 - Jun 2 Prague, Czech Republic ASIS Europe 2021 (security) ASIS International

Titled “From Risk to Resilience,” ASIS Europe convenes established and aspiring security leaders, expert advisors, and innovators in security and risk management. The event addresses complex challenges in today’s fast moving, innovative business environment. An exceptional educational program covers a wide range of cyber- and physical-security risk outlooks, leadership and management topics, case studies and analysis, using a variety of learning formats, with CPE credits available. The exhibition showcases the latest security services and solutions. The 2019 event attracted over 900 registrants from more than 60 countries, and 45 exhibitors. Core attendance comes from senior security practitioners from multinational companies. Behind-the-scenes professional security tours are available.

Building on the GSX+ online experience September 21-25, 2020, ASIS is also investing in a robust digital event experience for the European event, including the customary exceptional education, peer-to-peer knowledge exchange and networking, and a virtual exhibition platform. This will assure a resilient event model so that security professionals who are unable to travel can still participate, and, in the unfortunate case an on-site, in-person event is not feasible, the event can seamlessly transition to an engaging online experience for all involved.

[This event was rescheduled from April 2020, then from March 2021.]

ASIS Europe 2021 (security)

May 31 - Jun 1 Geelong, Australia Ideaction — National FM Conference & Exhibition Facilities Management Association of Australia (FMA)

Ideaction convenes the FM industry to share information, research, innovative practices and evidence-based case studies; understand current trends; and broaden business networks. The conference provides attendees with invaluable ideas on how the industry can create a prosperous future through increased efficiency and effectiveness in the management of facilities. For 2021, due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, Ideaction.2021 will be hosted across Australia at multiple locations, including Geelong (main conference base), Sydney, Brisbane and Perth. All locations will host the conference on Monday May 31 and Tuesday June 1, 2021 (except Perth, which will be a one-day event only on May 31), streaming keynote sessions to all locations and encouraging delegates and sponsors to network nationally.

Ideaction — National FM Conference & Exhibition


June 2021

Jun 17 - Aug 19 Virtual AIA Conference on Architecture 2021 (A’21) [VIRTUAL] American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Join AIA June 17, July 8, July 29, and August 19 for a series of immersive, connected, all-digital experiences with leaders in architecture and beyond. A’21 will be a series of four unique online events that will address firms’ business needs due to the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, climate change, and racial inequities. Roman Mars, host and creator of 99% Invisible, will be the host.

AIA Conference on Architecture 2021 (A’21) [VIRTUAL]

Jun 17 Virtual ISSA Show Canada; IFMA Global Canada; Greening Health Care Forum; REMI Show ’21 [VIRTUAL] ISSA; IFMA; MediaEdge; GHC; REMI

ISSA Show Canada is a trade show and conference for property, facilities and operations managers, and facility service providers. The event provides informed insight on best practices, industry certifications and training, educational programming that touches upon relevant and emerging topics within the Canadian facility and cleaning markets, and peer-to-peer networking. After the postponement of the 2020 trade show, ISSA Show Canada will reconvene virtually on June 17, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., with a focus on educating and inspiring the industry. The show is themed “Facing the Future TOGETHER,” recognizing the cleaning industry’s position today and where we may go from here. It will feature keynote presentations, education sessions, supplier technology sessions, and virtual networking receptions. ISSA Show Canada and its show partners will deliver a series of education sessions and keynotes focusing on four main streams: Building Operations, Cleaning & Disinfection, Energy Efficiency & Sustainability, and New Technologies.

Concurrent sessions include:

  • IFMA Global Canada
  • Greening Health Care Forum (GHC Forum)
  • The REMI Show ’21 (Real Estate Management Industry)

ISSA Show Canada; IFMA Global Canada; Greening Health Care Forum; REMI Show ’21 [VIRTUAL]

Jun 28 - Jun 30 Virtual ASHRAE 2021 Annual Conference [VIRTUAL] ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers)


The 2021 Annual Conference originally scheduled to be held June 26-30, 2021 in Phoenix, AZ, is now going to be held online in a virtual format. The conference will include a mixture of live, pre-recorded and on-demand sessions. Additional details about the conference and committee meetings will be available in the coming weeks.

ASHRAE 2021 is ASHRAE’s major annual conference focused on increasing the efficiency of buildings and building systems, with resources to design, build, control, commission and operate high-efficiency facilities. With the world experiencing fundamental change in the wake of the global Covid-19 pandemic, the HVAC community continues to respond, addressing challenges in how we design, build, and operate buildings.

The 2021 ASHRAE Annual Conference technical program is comprised of eight tracks, selected to represent areas of focus common among ASHRAE membership: Fundamentals and Applications; HVAC&R Systems and Equipment; Research Summit; Professional Development; Design, Control, and Operation of Critical Environments; HVAC&R for Indoor Plants and Animals; Future Proofing — Renewable, Regenerative, and Resilient; and Hot, Hot, Hot. The program meets continuing education requirements, and most sessions are approved for LEED AP credits and AIA learning units.

ASHRAE 2021 Annual Conference [VIRTUAL]

Jun 30 - Jul 2 Virtual International Facility Management Expo (iFaME 2021) International Facility Management Conference (IFMC 2020) [VIRTUAL] International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Singapore Chapter; Conference and Exhibition Management Services (CEMS)

[This event is now VIRTUAL.]

Convening key professionals from the facilities management (FM) and maintenance, sanitaryware, landscaping, mobile communications sectors, iFaME Digital lets architectural and built environment professionals stay abreast of product innovation and remain relevant ahead of the digital curve. This year’s event will feature Digital/Exhibition Booths for FM products, technologies and services; Conferences and Webinars with industry thought leaders; Networking Activities, and Business Matching (1-1 consultations with exhibitors).

Co-located IFMC is a power-packed program comprising cutting-edge presentations and high-powered discussions to highlight key issues and challenges faced by senior executives and higher in the current workplace environment.


Co-located shows:

  • ArchXpo: International Exhibition of Architecture and The Built Environment
  • Lighting Asia: The International LED + Lighting Technology Show
  • Safety and Security Asia: The International Safety and Security Technology and Equipment Exhibition
  • Work Safe Asia: The International Safety and Security Technology and Equipment Exhibition
  • Fire and Disaster Asia: The International Disaster, Emergency Management and Fire Prevention Technology and Equipment Exhibition

International Facility Management Expo (iFaME 2021) International Facility Management Conference (IFMC 2020) [VIRTUAL]


July 2021

Jul 6 - Jul 8 Washington, DC, US Connex2021 (multi-site FM) [HYBRID EVENT] Connex, The Multi-Site Facilities Network (formerly PRSM)

Postponed from April, Connex2021 is a major annual event for multi-site FM professionals, from entry level to senior management, who are involved in maintenance, planning, design, budgeting and more at their facilities. This year’s hybrid event combines the “live” in-person CONNEX2021 event with a “virtual” online platform component for remote attendees to reach a broader audience. The event offers networking events, an industry exhibition and 30+ education sessions with key trends impacting retailers, multi-site healthcare facilities, entertainment facilities, banks and other multi-site facilities, plus suppliers. Education tracks include Business Management, Professional Development, Game Changers, Environmental Responsibility, Supplying Success, and FM Labs (HVAC).


Connex2021 (multi-site FM) [HYBRID EVENT]

Jul 7 - Jul 8 Singapore, Singapore World Workplace Asia Pacific 2021 International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Singapore Chapter; Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

Part of IFMA’s successful World Workplace series of international events, World Workplace Asia Pacific 2021 is an interactive event comprised of a conference covering the latest trends and developments, and a tradeshow with product demonstrations, with professional networking opportunities available.

World Workplace Asia Pacific 2021

Jul 12 - Jul 15 Virtual International Nursing Conference for Excellence in Healthcare Design 2021 [VIRTUAL] Clemson University School of Nursing; Clemson University Academy of Nursing for Excellence in Design

This 2nd international conference aims to:

  • Disseminate new knowledge obtained through research related to the effect of healthcare design on patient (family), provider and organizational outcomes;
  • Identify best practices for nurse leadership in healthcare design and opportunities for nurse, patient/family input into safety improvements in healthcare design;
  • Stimulate innovation in healthcare design and encourage interprofessional collaboration and engagement; and
  • Foster an inclusive platform for specialty design settings (global health, military health, integrative health, etc.) that expands and supports the role of nurse leaders in the design of specific specialty practices

Live sessions will be held July 12-15 and September 13. This year’s conference includes three live keynote speaker sessions, three live panels, a live Q&A session with presenters, and 30+ pre-recorded sessions (available July 12-September 13, 2021). Nursing, AIA and EDAC CEUs available.

International Nursing Conference for Excellence in Healthcare Design 2021 [VIRTUAL]

Jul 18 - Jul 21 Boston, MA, BOMA 2021 International Conference & Expo Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International; BUILDINGS magazine

With the continuing support of the BOMA community, building owners and managers can get a handle on the changes from 2020 and discover what’s next for commercial real estate at BOMA 2021, from the latest information on market trends and conditions to the regulatory changes that affect your portfolios. Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin will share lessons in leadership in her keynote address. With business as usual no longer an option, discover the latest innovative products, services and technologies that can elevate your building above the rest at the BOMA 2021 Expo, and gain key insights and tactical know-how that will optimize your property’s performance and set yourself apart, in the comprehensive educational sessions.

This year’s education tracks include Building Operations & Management; Creating Asset Value; Energy Efficiency & Environmental Responsibility; Industrial Real Estate Management; Leadership, Career and Talent Development; Occupant Engagement; and Technology and Innovation, with NEW tracks on Health & Wellness and COVID-19d & CRE focusing on reoccupying buildings safely. Each session qualifies for continuing professional development credits and credential renewal and maintenance. Numerous networking opportunities are available, and The Office Building of the Year (TOBY) Awards showcase excellence in office buildings and their management.

BOMA 2021 International Conference & Expo

Jul 19 - Jul 21 Las Vegas, NV, US International Security Conference and Exposition (ISC West) Security Industry Association (SIA)

ISC West is a major converged security US tradeshow covering everything from video surveillance, access control, biometrics and public safety to IT/IoT security, drones and robotics. Attendees can discover the newest security products and technology, network with thousands of security and public safety professionals, attend special events and award ceremonies, and gain valuable training and knowledge through the cutting-edge, accredited SIA Education@ISC.

International Security Conference and Exposition (ISC West)


August 2021

Aug 11 Edison, NJ, US Mid-Atlantic Buildings and Facilities Management Show and Conference (MABFM2021) ProExpos; IFMA, AFE, BOMI, etc.

Focused on facilities management and free to all qualified professionals, the MABFM educational conference offers sessions covering a wide range of topics: LEED, Green, Sustainability, Energy, Building Commissioning, Facility Maintenance, Construction and Design and more, with CFM credits available from IFMA, CEU credits from AFE, and CPD credits from BOMI. Over 120 exhibitors display innovative products and services necessary to operate, manage, maintain and renovate all types of buildings and facilities, focused on the Tri-State area of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

Mid-Atlantic Buildings and Facilities Management Show and Conference (MABFM2021)


September 2021

Sep 13 London, United Kingdom IWFM Conference 2021 (workplace & FM) [HYBRID] Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM)

IWFM Conference 2021 is IWFM’s annual flagship event for workplace and facilities management (FM) professionals. With workplace and facilities management coming to the fore during the pandemic of 2020, FMs must capitalize on the opportunities and lessons the pandemic has taught us in stamping our authority on the future of work. This year’s hybrid event pairs a physical delegate experience with a digital one in a curated blend of world-renowned thought leadership and cutting-edge best practice.  Practitioners will be able to explore the wider themes that will impact our organizations and access the best practice needed to face them head on. The 2021 Conference will provide delegates with both the inspiration and the information to ensure that they, their organizations and the profession, emerge stronger and become change agents.


IWFM Conference 2021 (workplace & FM) [HYBRID]


October 2021

Oct 26 - Oct 28 Kissimmee, FL, US IFMA’s World Workplace 2021 Conference and Expo International Facility Management Association (IFMA)

[NOTE: The date and location of this event have been changed; it is now at a self-contained venue, and 200+ cleaning, health and safety protocols will be observed on site.]

IFMA’s premier annual facilities management (FM) workplace conference and expo World Workplace will resume its full-fledged program for 2021, offering nearly 50 educational sessions, keynote speakers, a Welcome Reception, an expo hall, education arenas and IFMA’s Awards of Excellence. This year’s conference will also have a new schedule format allowing attendees to jumpstart their educational experience on the first day.

Now more than ever, coming together to exchange experiences and viewpoints on managing through crisis, anticipating and mitigating risks, developing plans for resilience and forecasting the future of the built world is of the greatest importance to the FM industry. IFMA’s World Workplace is an all-encompassing learning and networking event on facilities and how to manage them, offering FM education, knowledge exchange, career development and professional network building among all professionals who support the built environment.

IFMA’s World Workplace 2021 Conference and Expo


November 2021


March 2022

Mar 28 National Facilities Management and Technology Conference and Expo (NFMT 2022) Building Operating Management magazine; ROC Exhibitions

Building Operating Management magazine offers this annual comprehensive 3-day conference and trade show free to attend for some 5,000+ FM-related professionals from most US states and 25 countries and all types of facilities, along with industry experts and leading suppliers. One of the largest FM events in the country, NFMT 2020 provides up-to-date advancements and knowledgeable practices in the management, operations, maintenance, renovation and construction of nonresidential buildings.

National Facilities Management and Technology Conference and Expo (NFMT 2022)


June 2022

Jun 21 - Jun 23 Las Vegas, NV, US LIGHTFAIR International (LFI 2022) (lighting design, products, tech) International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD); Illuminating Engineering Society (IES)

The annual LIGHTFAIR is a premier annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference where light, technology and design converge. LIGHTFAIR alternates between East Coast and West Coast sites.

LIGHTFAIR International (LFI 2022) (lighting design, products, tech)


September 2022

Sep 20 - Sep 23 Essen, Germany Security Essen 2022 Messe Essen

Security Essen, a major biennial international security and fire prevention event, convenes over 36,000 trade visitors from all sectors from 125 countries to explore the latest trends and most important innovations, and to conduct international business transactions. Topics range from fire prevention, cybersecurity and CCTV to the protection of outdoor areas. Some 950 exhibitors from 40+ nations showcase the latest security and fire products, technology and services.


Security Essen 2022