Compressed Gas and Equipment [OSHA]

This site from the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) addresses hazards associated with compressed gases, including oxygen displacement, fires, explosions, and toxic gas exposures, as well as the physical hazards associated with high-pressure systems. The site addresses applicable OSHA standards; special storage, use, and handling precautions necessary to control these hazards; and recognizing, evaluating, and controlling the hazards.

Concrete Ideas

This site promotes the use of decorative concrete to architects, designers, builders, and other industry professionals. Features include a Find a Contractor map; Concrete Supplies & Resources listed by state; a ProZone for industry professionals; and Technical Data: specifications, color charts, and information for architects, designers, and contractors. Concrete Ideas are listed by: interior floors, exterior environments, concrete countertops, epoxies and coatings, and wall finishes.

Connex: The Multi-Site Facilities Network (formerly PRSM)

Formerly known as the Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association, Connex is a member organization that empowers retail and multi-site facilities and supplier professionals with best practices, benchmarking, education, discussion forums and trusted partnerships to help them achieve greater success and a competitive advantage. Chartered in 1995, and with almost 1,000 member companies, the Connex community values are founded on a spirit of innovation, resourcefulness, the quest for knowledge and ethical business relationships.

Construction Management Degree

This Web site was created to serve as a comprehensive online resource for those interested in a career in construction management. It provides links to American universities and colleges that offer on-campus and online-based construction management degrees. The site also features a blog, as well as articles covering everything from possible career paths to salary information and industry trends.

Control Six Online

Control Six Online, from WattStopper, is a free online tool to help users pinpoint ideal lighting control solutions for the six types of spaces most commonly found in commercial buildings: offices, conference rooms, restrooms, lunch/break rooms, utility/storage rooms, and exteriors. It is an interactive selector offering two levels of performance, with unlimited access to a single room Quick Selector and login access to a Multi-Room Selector developed for professional users.

Cool Roof Calculator [DOE]

This tool, developed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, estimates cooling and heating savings for flat roofs with non-black surfaces. This CoolCalcPeak version of the calculator is for large facilities that purchase electricity with a demand charge based on peak monthly load. For a small or medium-sized facility that purchases electricity without a demand charge, use the CoolCalcEnergy version to estimate the savings in energy charges from using solar radiation control.

Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC)

CRRC is an independent organization that has established a rating system for providing building code bodies, energy service providers, architects & specifiers, property owners, and community planners with accurate radiative property data on the outermost layer of roof surfaces that may improve the energy efficiency of buildings while positively impacting our environment.

CoreNet Global

International association for corporate real estate and related professionals, created from the former International Development Research Council (IDRC) and The International Association of Corporate Real Estate Executives (NACORE International). Offers programs and services designed for both members’ companies and individual members, including educational resources and programs, summits in various countries, career services, and a Knowledge Center covering various topics.

Council of Educational Facility Planners (CEFPI)

This professional association’s mission is improving the places where children learn. CEFPI members are individuals, institutions and corporations that are actively involved in planning, designing, building, equipping and maintaining schools and colleges. The association offers advocacy, research and education regarding the linkage between the educational facility, its design, and student success. The site offers news, events, legislative updates, resources, and publications.

Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)

Founded in 1969, the Council’s mission is to disseminate multidisciplinary information on tall buildings and sustainable urban environments. It is also the arbiter of the criteria upon which tall building height is measured around the globe. The site includes information on height and statistics of tall buildings, a Video Library that features interviews with prominent tall building professionals, and a Tall Building Image Library. Links to papers that cover every facet of tall building design can be found in the site’s Technical Papers Library.

CSINet – Home of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI)

CSI is a national association dedicated to creating standards and formats to improve construction documents and project delivery. CSI provides continuing education, professional conferences, and product shows, as well as rigorous certification programs. Its flagship documents are: The Project Resource Manual–CSI Manual of Practice: the authoritative resource for construction documents; MasterFormat 2004 Edition: the recognized industry standard for more than 40 years, now with 50 Divisions of construction information; and the new GreenFormat: searchable product data for commercial construction. CSI offers a Construction Documents Technologist (CDT) Certificate and three certifications: Certified Construction Specifier (CCS), Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA), and Certified Construction Product Representative (CCPR).

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

This government agency was formed from 22 separate domestic agencies to coordinate homeland security after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The DHS analyzes threats and intelligence, guards US borders and airports, protects critical infrastructure, and coordinates response to natural disasters and other emergencies. It also issues the current threat advisory level of the risk of terrorist attacks. The site offers news and information on prevention & protection, preparedness & response, and travel security.

Disability and Emergency Preparedness in the Workplace [NOD]

The National Organization on Disability (NOD) offers employers, supervisors, and employees guidance to help decrease the impact of a disaster by taking steps to prepare before an event occurs. An inclusive workplace emergency plan can help employees and visitors with sensory, mobility, and cognitive disabilities know what to do for evacuation or shelter-in-place events.

This federal government Web site provides an interactive, community-driven information network of disability-related programs, services, laws and benefits. It connects Americans with disabilities, service providers, veterans, employers and others to thousands of resources from government agencies, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations. New resources are added daily in 10 subject areas: benefits, civil rights, community life, education, emergency preparedness, employment, health, housing, technology and transportation. Includes both social media and personalization tools. [FEMA]

This site from the US Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency offers 3 sections: a Public Site with information and services for individuals, families, and businesses needing disaster recovery assistance (with information about specific current disaster events); a site for Registered Users–a collaborative site for public safety officials, emergency managers, and responders to share information; and Are You Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness (IS-22)–FEMA’s most comprehensive source on individual, family, and community preparedness. (IBHS)

Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS)
A service of the Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), a nonprofit association committed to reducing the effects of natural disasters by advocating improved construction, maintenance, and preparation practices. The site offers information on such natural disasters as earthquakes, floods, freezing weather, hail, high winds, hurricanes, tornados, and wildfires; building codes; Small Business Disaster Planning (“Open for Business”–see FMLink listing below); news; videos; and other resources.

District Energy Buyers’ Guide [IDEA]

This buyers’ guide from the International District Energy Association lists manufacturers, suppliers, and service providers for district energy/CHP systems by category with a description of the services or products provided. Categories include: cogeneration systems, condensers, consulting–management, energy management system, heat reclamation equipment, insulation/boiler/piping, onsite generation, renewable technologies, thermal storage, turnkey construction, water treatment systems, and many more.

Drywall [National Gypsum]

From a major supplier of gypsum wall board (or “drywall”), this site is meant to serve as a central repository of key information and a quick reference for use by the media, vendors, suppliers, builders and consumers. It offers basic facts about drywall safety and benefits, as well as more detailed scientific information, the product’s long history, relevant news, and hot topics such as the difference between sulfur-emitting Chinese drywall and safety-tested U.S. drywall.

eBuild Energy-Efficient Products Catalog

This special catalog from the eBuild site offers 80,000+ interactive listings of energy-efficient building materials, construction products, and tools from 8 supercategories of building products: appliances; doors; fireplaces; HVAC; insulation & moisture, air & pest barriers; siding, brick, stone & exterior trim; and windows, skylights & sunrooms. It also lists 3,000+ energy-efficient building product and material manufacturers, and offers energy-efficient product news and articles.

Comprehensive catalog for building professionals published by Hanley Wood, with hundreds of thousands of listings for building materials, construction products, and tools. Includes listings of energy-efficient and storm-resistant products. The site also includes building news and articles from Hanley Wood’s publications. (International Codes) [ICC]

Searchable database for the International Code Council’s (ICC) (see FMLink listing below) 2006, 2003, and 2000 editions of the International Codes, standards, and more than 300 related documents, along with tools to support code users. The International Codes are the most widely adopted codes used in the construction of residential and commercial buildings. Users can select international, state, and locally adopted codes and standards. The Premium eCodes feature allows users to print, search, compare documents, and customize options to meet specific needs.

Ecolabel Index

A mega-index that aims to explain the hundreds of different green labeling systems used in countries around the world and in numerous industry sectors to indicate environmentally preferable products, services or companies based on defined standards or criteria. The aim of the site is to provide information about each of the labels.

Edison Electric Institute (EEI)

Organized in 1933, EEI is the association of US shareholder-owned electric companies, international affiliates, and industry associates worldwide. The site offers news and information on such electricity industry issues as utility restructuring, reliability, power outages, federal policy updates, and the environment.