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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.Find more… read more

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Editors Chat About the 2020 Colors of the Year

December 12th, 2019

15:52

Editors Valerie Dennis Craven and Sarah Kloepple talk about color of the year announcements, how they expect to see the colors used, and what the …

BUILDINGS Editors on the Top Stories of 2019

December 6th, 2019

20:16

Editor-in-chief Janelle Penny and associate editor Sarah Kloepple dive deep into the stories that resonated most with readers this year, from VRF HVAC further assimilating into the North American market to interior …

Solving the Power Flexibility Puzzle in Office Design

November 25th, 2019

9:27

Helping people thrive is the key to achieving maximum productivity and ROI, but too many spaces aren’t flexible enough to do that. Learn how raceways help facilities managers reconfigure spaces to support users’ work …

Acoustics Considerations for Shared Spaces

November 22nd, 2019

15:58

Sound can inspire or detract from a space, and shared spaces such as restaurants or open rooms can be difficult to control. Anthony Poon of Poon …

How Building Materials Turn Toxic During a Fire

November 22nd, 2019

14:59

As wildfire season continues in California, it's important to be aware of the less-obvious hazards of wildfires (and building fires in general). Buildings that end up being destroyed and burned can emit hazardous toxins …

Productivity and ROI Drivers in Open Offices

October 28th, 2019

43:45

Every open office design is different, but they all have one thing in common: the need to drive productivity and ROI. Angie Lee, vice president of buildings and global workplace sector leader for Stantec, explains how …

Restroom’s Role in Today’s Office: GP Pro Series #3

October 22nd, 2019

25:08

The restroom is the one part of your facility that nearly everyone will see. It plays an outsized role in how people perceive your building. Darin …

Electrical Needs? IBEW and NECA Equals Problem Solved at IFMA

October 17th, 2019

3:58

Straight from the IFMA World Workplace floor in Phoenix, Janelle Penny speaks with Roger King, international rep in business development for NECA [National Electrical Contractors Association] and IBEW [International …

Solutions for Your Building’s Life Cycle from Gordian at IFMA

October 17th, 2019

4:28

Live from the IFMA World Workplace convention in Phoenix, Janelle Penny speaks with Alyssa Chapman from Gordian about their solutions for the full …

Get Your Building Ready to Enter the TOBY Awards

October 2nd, 2019

6:53

In this episode, Janelle Penny talks about our shared spaces features as well as some tangible ways you can showcase how you're elevating your building if you choose to enter your facility for consideration for a TOBY …

Tips to Combat Heat Island Effect Around Your Building

September 30th, 2019

12:11

You don't have to live in a large city or be in the middle of summer to experience the heat island effect. Janelle Penny, editor-in-chief of Buildings, shares what this is and what you can do to lower the impact it has …

Generation Z and the Office of the Future: GP Pro Series #2

September 26th, 2019

27:48

Generation Z—people born after 1996—is entering the workforce, and with it comes a major shift in the way offices operate. This generation prizes flexibility, amenities and a premium experience. 

Darin Squires, general …

The Future of Solar Power

September 23rd, 2019

9:56

Solar panels look much like they always have, but their consistent appearance belies big improvements in efficiency and affordability. 

Upward Elevator Trends Taking Over the Industry

September 10th, 2019

9:42

The elevator industry is going through some exciting innovations, including fitting more elevators into fewer shafts that operate independently from each other. Janelle Penny talks about advancements like these and more …

Security Red Flags in Existing Healthcare Facilities

September 3rd, 2019

12:51

Experts who work with security issues all day, every day, Alan Butler of HSS and Sean Ahrens of Affiliated Engineers Inc., share their insights with Janelle Penny, editor-in-chief of BUILDINGS, who shares them with you …

Upgrading Amenities and the Impact on Your Business: GP Pro Series #1

August 23rd, 2019

22:10

What are your amenities saying about your business? Suzanne Maynard and Darin Squires of GP Pro explore what tenants and employees are looking for in the 21st Century workplace, including how to keep your expenses under …

Eliminate Fall Claims By 90 Percent with this Adhesive-Backed Mat

August 6th, 2019

6:13

Slips, trips and falls are three things any facility manager wants to avoid within their building. New Pig Corporation created the world’s first proven adhesive-backed mat—the Grippy Mat—which can lower slip, trip and …

8 Facility Management Certification Resources on a Tiny Budget

August 6th, 2019

14:24

Searching for ways to upgrade your facilities knowledge on a low- to no-funded budget? Janelle Penny shares these free or low-cost educational resources that help you keep up with the latest industry trends while …

Connect With Your Smart Building Technology

July 22nd, 2019

8:58

Smart building technology continues to evolve, but it’s not a thing of the future. Chances are you’re already using it in your facility. There are …

Carlisle Roofing Series #3: Alternative Attachment Methods

July 16th, 2019

28:32

You don’t always need a bucket of adhesives to attach a single-ply roof. In the third installment of the Carlisle Roofing Series, we explore two alternative methods - RapidLock hook and loop attachment and VacuSeal …

How a Smart Building Evolved into a Strategic Asset

July 3rd, 2019

11:57

Is your building connected? If not, Trevor Palmer from Acuity Brands talks with Janelle Penny about what happens when it is. He sheds light on the …

Hand Dryers: What You Need to Know About Maintenance, New Tech

July 3rd, 2019

13:35

BUILDINGS staff writer Sarah Kloepple chats with Bill Gagnon, vice president of sales and marketing with Excel Dryers, about all things hand dryers—including maintenance, ADA compliance, misconceptions and new …

Predict and Prevent Issues With Artificial Intelligence: BOMA 2019

June 25th, 2019

4:34

Move from a respond-and-react to a predict-and-prevent type of scenario using artificial intelligence to notice trends and stay ahead of the issues that might occur at your building site. I met with Brian Wilson and …

Renovating a Nonprofit Organization on a Budget

June 24th, 2019

24:31

Architectural and interior design and strategic planning firm Oculus recently worked on renovating the St. Louis Arc Office and Community Center. Ron …

Tenants Are Aware of Your Building’s Hygiene: BOMA 2019

June 24th, 2019

8:34

How clean is your building?  Deb Mazzuca, an expert from Essity, explains why tenants are more aware of hygiene in public spaces—and how you can improve cleanliness in your facility.

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Smart Irrigation Controller: BOMA 2019

June 24th, 2019

4:57

Manage your water irrigation system from your phone using weather data to more accurately determine how much water to use. Some property managers have cut costs by about 35%. Christoph Trappe talks with Jake Bryan from

Tips for Water Conservation and Efficiency

June 19th, 2019

16:04

Water efficiency expert Mike Orlando from T&S Brass shares tips on how to be green and efficient with water use. He shares some eye-opening stats about water usage and what each building can do to help sustain this …

Relaxing Floors: These Carpet Patterns Reduce Stress

June 19th, 2019

6:47

Showcased at NeoCon 2019, Relaxing Floors collection from Mohawk is a kind of experiment between art, science and human-centered design based on …

Color Trends from Scandinavian Spaces

June 18th, 2019

6:36

Christoph Trappe chats with Scandinavian Spaces about how they use color to inspire productivity at NeoCon 2019. Plus, check out the 360 degree VR …

Open Plan Overhaul: Bending Rail Desk

June 18th, 2019

5:36

Straight from the NeoCon 2019 showroom, Christoph Trappe chats with Cia Mooney from Watson about their open office floor plan overhaul, which birthed …

NCARB Updates On Architectural Licensing Requirements

June 13th, 2019

5:42

Christoph Trappe sat down with NCARB CEO Michael Armstrong at AIA in Las Vegas 2019 and got an update on what’s happening in the industry, the history of architectural codes and education as well as who the key players …

Look and Feel of Real Wood with the Benefits of Laminate

June 13th, 2019

6:12

Everyone loves the look and feel of real wood. But wood is not without its issues. Christoph Trappe speaks with Lisa Thornton from Egger Wood Products at the AIA Conference about the many benefits of using laminate …

Security in Parking Garages, Retail and Schools

June 7th, 2019

10:17

Security is one of the top items on the minds of facility managers and owners—and your occupants. Christoph Trappe talks to Adrienne Reitz from Cornell Cookson about the latest security trends in parking garages, retail …

AIA 2019: BIM Perpetual License - Your Projects Are Yours

June 7th, 2019

5:30

SaaS subscriptions tend to be month-to-month and if it lapses, designers and architects lose access to their projects. Go from concept to completion all in one BIM software with Vectorworks and keep what’s yours.

Reasons to Have a Skylight in Your Building

June 7th, 2019

5:43

Christoph Trappe spoke with Mark Brink from VELUX about their skylight products. During this conversation, they chat about the multi-level benefits …

AIA 2019: Acoustics that Enable Architectural Design

June 6th, 2019

6:07

CertainTeed created an acoustical solution that enables architects to create aesthetically pleasing, functional designs that can be tailored to suit …

AIA 2019: Commercial AC Unit Marries Function with Design

June 6th, 2019

4:54

In this podcast from the AIA conference in Las Vegas, Christoph Trappe speaks with Ron Schumacher of LG Electronics about their new air condition unit used in commercial buildings that is functional and also has the …

FM Friday: Innovative Products

May 28th, 2019

11:40

Janelle Penny chats about trending smart building innovative products, such as wayfinding apps, occupant-centered technology, sensors, access control …

Unique Multi-Use Security Sensors Go Where Cameras Can’t

May 23rd, 2019

16:21

In this podcast, Christoph Trappe chats with David Antar, president at IPVideo, about how the company’s product—Halo Smart Sensors—helps with …

LIGHTFAIR 2019: Lighting’s Ability to Disinfect a Space

May 22nd, 2019

4:54

At LIGHTFAIR International 2019 in Philadelphia, PA, Sarah Kloepple spoke with David Korow, senior lighting specialist with Current by GE about the …

Prescriptive Maintenance: The Next Generation Solution

May 10th, 2019

32:39

Preventative maintenance is a crucial component to your facilities systems. Taking this one step further is prescriptive maintenance—or RxM.

Joel Wheatley from C&W Services speaks with Janelle Penny about how this …

Carlisle Roofing Series #2: Roof Gardens

May 7th, 2019

20:50

Vegetated roofs aren’t just beautiful—they’re valuable tools for managing stormwater, reducing the urban heat island effect, and providing more …

Carlisle Roofing Series #1: Resilient Roofing Strategies

May 7th, 2019

7:38

Resilience starts with a roof you can trust to protect your building.

Ron Goodman, EPDM product manager for Carlisle SynTec Systems, and BUILDINGS editor-in-chief Janelle Penny discuss EPDM’s resistance against …

The Changing Relationship Between People and Data Centers

April 29th, 2019

19:13

Valerie Dennis Craven speaks with Gabe Clark, principal for data centers with Corgan. They discuss the changing relationship between people and data centers, looking at edge data centers and those in an urban footprint.

How to Reduce Noise in Your Building

April 23rd, 2019

46:34

Christoph Trappe usually likes it quiet in his work space. One day a meeting was interrupted by loud external noise and he thought: What a great starting point to learn about noise reductions in commercial buildings.

Rebates, Tax Incentives and Financing for Building Upgrades

April 15th, 2019

23:06

Looking for tips on how to finance your building upgrades with rebates and tax incentives?

Janelle Penny speaks with Emily Naden, director of federal affairs, and John Bryant, vice president of advocacy and building …

NRCA at the White House and the Challenges of Recruiting

April 9th, 2019

10:35

Janelle Penny, editor-in-chief of BUILDINGS, talks about the National Roofing Contractors Association’s (NRCA) meeting with the White House chief of staff to discuss the shortage of qualified roofers. This was the first …

System 4500 Doors and Windows: Editors’ Choice

April 8th, 2019

14:53

REHAU’s System 4500 windows and doors are an affordable way to let in daylight and fresh air without the potentially costly pitfalls posed by other window materials.

REHAU was recently honored as a Money-Saving …

Retrofit Kit with Indigo-Clean Technology: Editors’ Choice

April 8th, 2019

9:12

Kenall Lighting’s Retrofit Kit with Indigo-Clean Technology is targeted toward any lighting products you already use that have florescent fixtures. …

Building Analytics Solution Clockworks: Editors’ Choice

April 5th, 2019

7:46

Clockworks automated buildings analytics brings automated fault detection and diagnostics to empower facilities teams to make their operations …

LEED Zero: New Designation for Net Zero

April 4th, 2019

12:52

Emma Hughes, project manager for LEED, speaks with Janelle Penny about how project teams pursuing LEED certification for buildings now have a new option: LEED Zero.

Learn more about this designation, including the …

March Madness and How to Get the Most Out of Conferences

March 22nd, 2019

7:37

In this Weekly Roundup, senior writer Janelle Penny talks about March Madness brackets and high-stakes athletic facilities. Plus: a preview of our BOMA conference coverage next week. 

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Weekly Roundup: Sandy Hook Redesign, Recruiting Millennials & Human-Centric Lighting

March 15th, 2019

8:54

From an interview about the Sandy Hook redesign to recruiting millennial talent to BOMA 2019 highlights to human-centric lighting, Janelle Penny chats about the week it’s been during this new weekly roundup BUILDINGS …

BUILDINGS: Our First Live Broadcast

March 7th, 2019

7:19

Senior writer Janelle Penny introduces a new BUILDINGS feature - a weekly live broadcast on social media where BUILDINGS editors review the week's top stories and offer a sneak peek into upcoming facilities management …

Hydronic Snow & Ice Melting Systems for Buildings

March 5th, 2019

13:08

Janelle Penny speaks with Mike East from REHAU about hydronic snow and ice melting systems and how they benefit commercial buildings.

Rather read the transcript? Here you go: Important Considerations for Hydronic SIMS …

Tenant Amenities are Trending at Industry Trade Shows

February 25th, 2019

15:51

Christoph Trappe and Janelle Penny discuss the tenant amenities they’ve seen at industry trade shows like BOMA International Conference & Expo.

Specifying Money-Saving Products

February 19th, 2019

10:18

How can you be sure a product will save you money?

Mick Metzger, vice president for Pepper Construction Group, explains smart strategies for vetting vendors.

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IRE: Duro-Last Roofing Solutions Help Your Budget

February 14th, 2019

5:02

From the IRE trade show floor, Jason Dark from Duro-Last discusses with Janelle Penny how their labor-saving roofing solutions benefit buildings …

IRE: Staying Ahead with TRUFAST Roofing Fasteners

February 13th, 2019

4:03

Jason Wigboldly, from TRUFAST roofing fasteners, chats with Janelle Penny at IRE 2019. Jason talks about providing fasteners to the entire building …

IRE: Roofing Trends Seen by EPDM Roofing Association

February 12th, 2019

7:28

Janelle Penny speaks with Mike DuCharme, of the EDPM Roofing Association (ERA), at the IRE Expo 2019. Mike talks about the many changes he’s seen over his 35 years in the industry, as well as current trends that have …

Put a Lid On It: Acoustics from TURF Design

February 7th, 2019

17:53

TURF Design in Chicago provides customizable acoustics solutions for open-offices and school environments.

Christoph Trappe of interiors+sources and …

The RELi Standard and the Future of Resilient Design

February 4th, 2019

21:49

BUILDINGS’ senior staff writer Janelle Penny talks to Doug Pierce, director of Perkins+Will Resilience Research Lab, about the Building Resilience Standard RELi.

Doug explains the requisites and credits for RELi that …

Security Threats of Tailgating in Your Facility

January 28th, 2019

18:23

Sean Ahrens, a leader in the field of security and resilience, as well as a project manager for Affiliated Engineers, Inc., shares insights with Janelle Penny into the security threats of tailgating and piggybacking in …

Tips to Get Through TSA Security with Your Sanity Intact

January 21st, 2019

15:00

Getting through TSA security can already present challenges for travelers. Add in a government shutdown with workers who aren’t getting paid and it …

AHR Expo: How HVAC Industry Recruits Next Generation

January 16th, 2019

7:22

BUILDINGS’ Sarah Kloepple speaks with Susan Kaufman from Daikin Applied about their Next Generation Event they hosted at AHR Expo 2019 in Atlanta.

The event, created exclusively for engineering and technical trade …

AHR Expo: Benefits of Using UV to Clean Coils

January 15th, 2019

6:14

Christoph Trappe and Dan Jones, president of UV Resources, chat about the benefits of using UV to clean coils. These can include better IAQ, less spending on energy costs and sometimes an ROI of six months. 

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AHR Expo: The HFC Refrigerant Phase Out

January 15th, 2019

6:46

Christoph Trappe speaks with Mark Menzer, director of public affairs with Danfoss, about what facility managers and building owners should know about …

AHR Expo: Ever-Changing Facilities Industry

January 14th, 2019

10:38

Christoph Trappe speaks with Sudhi Sinha, VP & GM, Data Enabled Business, from Johnson Controls about the dynamically changing environment in …

Health Risks of 3D Printers

January 14th, 2019

12:54

Based off a research report conducted by Georgia Tech and UL Chemical Safety, Sarah Kloepple and Christoph Trappe chat about the rising popularity of …

Express Listen: Better Plans for Emergency Evacuations

December 27th, 2018

5:16

Do your occupants know how to evacuate your building during an emergency? Where will they go once they leave? Mariah Obiedzinski, BUILDINGS’ director of content services, chats with senior writer Janelle Penny about …

Year in Review: Staff Favorites

December 26th, 2018

31:51

Active shooter training, tunable lighting, living walls, glass envelopes, Heat Island Effect and the next generation: writers share insight into their favorite articles of the year. Interestingly, these are also …

Omni Hotel - Brings Innovative Approaches to New Properties

December 4th, 2018

37:05

Privately owned Omni Hotels & Resorts places a premium on design, art and surrounding historic architectural offerings in its properties.

We sat down with Laura Trussel McKoy, Omni’s creative director and vice …

The Many Considerations of Healthcare Facility Design

November 20th, 2018

44:26

 From children’s hospitals to outpatient facilities, the challenges and opportunities in healthcare design are uncovered by interiors+sources editor-in-chief Kadie Yale. She speaks with expert designer Rebecca Donner, …

Active Shooter Training Eye Openers

November 9th, 2018

15:00

Mass shootings are unfortunately becoming more common across the United States. Does your building have a plan?

Christoph Trappe and Janelle Penny discuss the eye-opening lessons learned from their company active …

Investigating Irma: What Today’s Hurricanes Mean for Building Design

October 19th, 2018

20:37

Hurricane Irma was the costliest storm in Florida’s history and devastated the U.S. Virgin Islands. The investigative teams examining both places after the storm discovered design issues that have wide-ranging …

Express Listen: Trendy Moxy Hotel Review

October 3rd, 2018

5:09

Christoph Trappe and Valerie Dennis Craven sit at the outside bar at the Moxy Hotel in Minneapolis and do an impromptu review.

Like to hang out in …

Airport Lounges: Home Away from Home

September 27th, 2018

24:24

A. Razzak Memon thrives on ever-changing technology, providing a total solution for current and future needs. He also has been a frequent flyer at …

Architectural Salvage: Benefits of Reusing Old Buildings

August 20th, 2018

22:40

This maker creates art from salvaged materials.

What happens to the buildings that aren’t in good enough shape to upgrade? Empty, decaying buildings …

Express Listen: Bike Parking at Commercial Buildings

June 26th, 2018

6:02

Wellness programs at workplaces are becoming more common, as are other ways of getting there, like on a bicycle. With this comes the need for facilities managers and building owners to provide adequate parking for these …

Express Listen: Wellness Activities for Commercial Buildings

June 25th, 2018

5:02

Employee wellness in commercial buildings is trending for facilities managers and building owners. Christoph Trappe is on the frontlines at the 2018 BOMA International Expo in San Antonio, Texas. He is seeing this …

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