The Buildings Podcast presents the latest developments and practices in facility management from energy management, lowering operating costs, care & maintenance of commercial buildings, life and safety, sustainability, green issues, project management, security, building performance and much more.
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 are and what actually goes into licensing architects.
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 materials for items like desks and doors, including cost-effectiveness, lighter weight and more.
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 and schools.
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.
Christoph Trappe speaks with industry expert Sarah Barrett about their perpetual license that allows users to keep the software permanently.
Christoph Trappe spoke with Mark Brink from VELUX about their skylight products. During this conversation, they chat about the multi-level benefits for including or retrofitting a skylight in your facility.
CertainTeed created an acoustical solution that enables architects to create aesthetically pleasing, functional designs that can be tailored to suit colors, shapes, and other customized elements needed for schools, hospitals and more.
Christoph Trappe chats with Chris Bourque on the AIA Conference floor.
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 look.
In this podcast, Christoph Trappe chats with David Antar, president at IPVideo, about how the company’s product—Halo Smart Sensors—helps with building security.
It uses sensors to catch: vapes, fires, aggression, glass breaking and gunshots. They discuss the security impact and dive into what it means to privacy.
At LIGHTFAIR International 2019 in Philadelphia, PA, Sarah Kloepple spoke with David Korow, senior lighting specialist with Current by GE about the evolution of the technology behind lighting’s ability to disinfect spaces.
He also touches on the installation process and what facilities managers need to know.
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 next generation option builds upon current maintenance strategies to provide an innovative solution before the equipment fails.
*Podcast was created in partnership with C&W Services.
Vegetated roofs aren’t just beautiful—they’re valuable tools for managing stormwater, reducing the urban heat island effect, and providing more usable space for building occupants.
In the second installation of the Carlisle Roofing Series, BUILDINGS editor-in-chief Janelle Penny chats with Chris Kann, roof garden product manager for Carlisle, about best practices for green roof projects.
Miss the Episode 1 in this series? Listen to it here: Resilient Roofing Strategies
*This podcast was created in partnership with Carlisle SynTec Systems.
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 weathering, heat damage and hail.
Listen to Episode 2 in this roofing series: Roof Gardens
*This podcast was created in partnership with Carlisle SynTec Systems.
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.
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.
In this episode, Christoph chats with three professionals about the topic: Stan Gatland, John Hauenstein and Alex Morales.
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 codes, both from BOMA International, about where you should start as well as more of what you need to know.
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 time the roofing industry has had a presence in the West Wing.
This topic spills over into every industry in facilities management due to a lack of school FM degrees, and other factors. Find out what Janelle has to say.
Kenall Lighting’s Retrofit Kit with Indigo-Clean Technology is targeted toward any lighting products you already use that have florescent fixtures. The goal is to reduce facilities mangers’ energy costs, as well as their maintenance costs.
But this Editors’ Choice winner is also a life safety product that disinfects, even kills staph.
Sarah Kloepple speaks with Frank Gonzalez from Kenall Lighting about this winning product.
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 Products Editors’ Choice winner for this product.
Janelle Penny speaks with Corrie Neukirchner about how it saves facility managers and building owners money in various ways.
Clockworks automated buildings analytics brings automated fault detection and diagnostics to empower facilities teams to make their operations proactive, minimize energy use and improve occupant comfort.
Clockworks was awarded an Editors’ Choice distinction in the 2019 Money-Saving Products program.
Valerie Dennis Craven speaks with Alex Grace, vice president of KGS Buildings about this product.
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 requirements behind it and how it can benefit your building.
Done listening? Read more about this topic here: 4 Ways to Add Net Zero to Your LEED Certification
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 podcast.
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 content.
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 from REHAU
Christoph Trappe and Janelle Penny discuss the tenant amenities they’ve seen at industry trade shows like BOMA International Conference & Expo.
They provide examples of what an amenity could include, explain some things you will want to consider beforehand, and how to get them started in your facility.
Read the transcript here.
Don’t miss it! Register for the BOMA International Conference & Expo 2019 now.
From the IRE trade show floor, Jason Dark from Duro-Last discusses with Janelle Penny how their labor-saving roofing solutions benefit buildings owners and managers.
Making installation easier on contractors means less mistakes are made, which equates to lower costs and other benefits.
Rather read the transcript? You can do so here: Easier Roofing Installation Means Less Costs
Jason Wigboldly, from TRUFAST roofing fasteners, chats with Janelle Penny at IRE 2019. Jason talks about providing fasteners to the entire building envelope for commercial roofs, side walls and below grade.
He also discusses new energy codes for insulation and how they are staying ahead of the curve.
Rather read the transcript? Here you go: TRUFAST Fasteners Address Changing Trends
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 popped up.
Rather read the transcript? Start here: Resilient Roofing, Tech and Future Trends
TURF Design in Chicago provides customizable acoustics solutions for open-offices and school environments.
Christoph Trappe of interiors+sources and Buildings speaks with Zoe Post and Dustin Headley from TURF Design about their headquarters, products and how they help clients, “Put a lid on it.”
You can read the transcript and watch the 3D video here: Acoustics Solutions: Ceiling is Believing at TURF Design
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 are focused on things like climate change and adaptation, improving biodiversity, and social equity and social cohesion topics.
Learn more about this topic here: Designing for Disaster with the Resilience Standard
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 respect to the access control of your building.
Read the transcript: Tips to Eliminate Tailgating Risks in Your Building
Getting through TSA security can already present challenges for travelers. Add in a government shutdown with workers who aren’t getting paid and it can be even more stressful.
World traveler Christoph Trappe and Sarah Kloepple chat about their airport ventures to the AHR Expo in Atlanta and share tips to keep your sanity.
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 students during the show, helps to foster interest in HVAC professions.
When you’re done listening, read the related article and transcript next.
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.
Read the full transcript here.
Christoph Trappe speaks with Mark Menzer, director of public affairs with Danfoss, about what facility managers and building owners should know about the evolving HFC refrigerant phase out and what you can do to move forward.
Rather read? Here’s an article and podcast transcript instead.
Christoph Trappe speaks with Sudhi Sinha, VP & GM, Data Enabled Business, from Johnson Controls about the dynamically changing environment in facilities management and how facility managers and owners can keep at the forefront.
Read the full transcript.
Based off a research report conducted by Georgia Tech and UL Chemical Safety, Sarah Kloepple and Christoph Trappe chat about the rising popularity of 3D printers for businesses, schools and personal use.
They discuss topics like the health risks associated with these printers as well as some tips to keep everyone safe.
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 what belongs in an evacuation plan.
The inspiration behind this conversation: Christmas Eve Chaos: Evacuation of Sydney Opal Tower
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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 trending topics in 2019.
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 president of interior design, and senior VP of sales and marketing Dan Surette to get the skinny on the brand standard of the rapidly growing company.
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, principal and founder of Inner Design Studio.
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 shooter training.
Find out how you can increase the survivability of the occupants in your facility and prepare them for this horrific situation.
Because this is literally a life-and-death circumstance, here are more life-saving tips.
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 implications for building codes and design strategies.
Learn what did and didn’t stand up to the storm with structural engineer William L. Coulbourne.
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 hammocks? Sure. There’s a spot for that. Enjoy gathering and listening to records? Sure. They have those too. Need motivation on the treadmill? A doughnut neon sign is there to remind you to keep going. Hear what they have to say about this trendy, unique way to stay!
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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 300,000 miles every year. Needless to say, he spends more time in airport lounges than anywhere else.
Christoph Trappe and Adrian Thompson discuss some of his favorite lounges over the years.
This maker creates art from salvaged materials.
What happens to the buildings that aren’t in good enough shape to upgrade? Empty, decaying buildings are an eyesore – but demolishing them means valuable, reusable materials take up space in a local landfill.
That’s where Chris Rutherford comes in.
Architectural Salvage Warehouse
Rutherford, the executive director of the Architectural Salvage Warehouse of Detroit, rescues wood from Detroit-area buildings for use in everything from furnishings and wall treatments to guitars and speaker cabinets.
His training in interior and furnishing design led him to develop a solution for the materials coming out of Detroit’s abandoned residential, commercial and industrial buildings.
Listen to Chris talk to Christoph Trappe and Kadie Yale about the many benefits of repurposing the materials from abandoned homes and buildings in Detroit.
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 bikes.
Christoph chats with Mike Arvidson from Duo-Gard about the bike parking trend from the expo floor at BOMA 2018.
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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 evolution of wellness in the workplace on the expo floor and he speaks with Jeff Stirling from Fitspot Wellness.
Find out what Jeff has to say about how companies across the country are utilizing this idea of happiness and health at work. When you're done, email Christoph at email@example.com to share your workplace wellness stories.