Industry Trends

Elliott’s Industry Trends features forward-thinking ideas on where the industry is heading, including addressing best practices, design considerations, productivity enhancements, and other ideas that will shape how owners and occupiers of commercial real estate plan their best practices. These articles are intended to stimulate ‘out of the box’ thinking about how to deliver the optimum environment for each industry’s unique needs.

Bring Your Buildings Back With Retro Commissioning

FacilitiesNet interview on "retro commissioning" for improving the energy efficiency of facilities

Lighting Technology Helps Reduce Hospital Infection Rates

FacilitiesNet article on the usage of antimicrobial "luminaires with 405nm technology" at the Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC)  in south central Tennessee

Building Operating Management (December 2022 Edition)

The December 2022 edition of the Building Operating Management magazine discusses the usage of UV technology in the municipal buildings of Santa Clarita, CA "to improve air quality" (P. 14-15), other benefits of "sustainable buildings" beyond environmental considerations (P. 16-17), and recent "trends in restroom design" (P. 18-19).

Dedicated Outdoor Air System Sparks Revival of New York City Tower

FacilitiesNet article on the planned redevelopment of Lever House in Midtown Manhattan that includes "a dedicated outdoor air system (DOAS), which will deliver 100 percent outside air to tenants"

Survey Outlines BSC / Facility Sustainability and ESG Goals

The 2022 Sustainability and ESG Goals Survey conducted by the Contracting Profits magazine and Building Service Contractors Association International (BSCAI) investigates the current usage of "green / sustainable products / processes" among building service contractors. (Note: A free signup is required to access the data.)

Building Services Management (December 2022 Edition)

The December 2022 edition of the Building Services Management magazine discusses the handling lithium-ion batteries (P. 14-16), maintenance of hard floors (P. 22-23), concrete surfaces (P. 28-29), and potential sources of odor and volatile organic compounds (P. 30-31).

School IAQ Top Priority of Federal Funds

This FacilitiesNet article mentions a November 2022 report from the Center for Green Schools, which analyzes how K-12 schools in the US are planning to use ESSER III funding to "manage indoor air quality (IAQ) and upgrade facilities."

Facility Cleaning Decisions (November / December 2022 Edition)

The November / December 2022 edition of the Facility Cleaning Decisions magazine discusses restroom cleaning equipment (P. 6-9), carpet care (P. 10-13), the results of the 2022 Facility Cleaning Decisions Complaints Survey (P. 14-19), and the Healthy Green Schools & Colleges program (P. 20-21).

The 2022 Carpet Cleaning Benchmarking Survey Report

The 2022 Carpet Cleaning Benchmarking Survey Report by the Cleanfax magazine provides a snapshot of the current state of carpet cleaning industry in North America.

Building Services Management (November 2022 Edition)

The November 2022 edition of the Building Services Management magazine discusses seasonal respiratory viruses (P. 12-13), hearing protection for workers (P. 18-19), HVAC upgrades for K-12 schools (P. 24-25), restroom cleaning (P. 28), and contamination risk of commercial ice machines (P. 30-31).

How Sustainable Initiatives are Changing Grounds Management at University of Michigan

FacilitiesNet article on the transition toward batter-powered and smaller grounds management equipment (e.g. snow removal) at the University of Michigan

3 Keys to Successfully Transition of Commercial Office Spaces

FacilitiesNet article on how facility managers can adapt their office spaces to a hybrid workforce
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