A comprehensive source of FM documentation and policy examples from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for the Planning & Real Estate Management Team, Design & Construction Team, Maintenance Team, and Resources & Budget Team.
A trade association for commercial real estate that provides education, networking, and advocacy to the office, industrial, and mixed-use development community. The site offers information on local chapters, educational programs and seminars, an online membership directory, national forums, advocacy, publications and communication vehicles, industry links, and business development opportunities.
The NAM, “the nation’s largest industrial trade association,” represents small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states, and helps shape a legislative and regulatory environment conducive to U.S. economic growth and favorable to manufacturing. The site includes information on and links to policy issue information, allied associations, manufacturing and trade data, the NAM Buyer-Seller Network with 70,000+ products and services, and numerous member services.
A professional organization dedicated to state facilities professionals and suppliers. Members are responsible for the planning, development, operations and maintenance of state facilities including transportation, real estate, natural resources, prisons, colleges, universities, and correctional facilities, and/or private sector suppliers for facilities. The site offers a calendar, a career center, resources, and membership services.
NARAC, located at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in CA, provides tools and services to the federal government that map the probable spread of hazardous material accidentally or intentionally released into the atmosphere, in time for an emergency manager to decide if taking protective action is necessary.
Located at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in CA, NARAC provides tools and services to the federal government that map the probable spread of hazardous material accidentally or intentionally released into the atmosphere, in time for an emergency manager to decide if taking protective action is necessary.
Created in 1997 by the US Department of Education, NCEF provides information on planning, designing, funding, building, improving, and maintaining safe, healthy, high performance schools. Site includes resource lists, news, a calendar, safe school resources, publications, school construction data and statistics, and links.
NCSBCS serves as a forum in the interchange of information and provides technical services, education, and training to its members to enhance the public’s social and economic well-being through safe, durable, affordable, accessible, and efficient buildings.
NCQLP was founded in 1991 to serve and protect the well-being of the public through effective and efficient lighting practice. Its site includes information on the Lighting Certification Program and career guidance for lighting professionals. A database of Lighting Certified Professionals is also offered.
NDMS operates under the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Preparedness and Response. It is a federally coordinated, cooperative system that provides a single, integrated national medical response to assist state and local authorities in dealing with the medical and health effects of major peacetime disasters, and provides support to the military in caring for wartime casualties.
NEMA provides a forum for the standardization of electrical equipment, enabling consumers to select from a range of safe, effective, and compatible electrical products that enhance energy management. The site includes an extensive listing of products and manufacturers.
NFRC is a nonprofit organization that administers the only uniform, independent rating and labeling system for the energy performance of windows, doors, skylights, and attachment products. NFRC’s goal is to provide fair, accurate, and reliable energy performance ratings. The site offers product rating information, fenestration facts, NFRC and energy codes, links, FAQs, documents and resources, and a Certified Products Database.
This international organization’s site offers information on scientifically-based codes and standards, research and reports, training and events, NFPA journals and other publications, and the NFPA catalog for up-to-date fire, electrical, and building safety products and services.
A supplier of gypsum wall board, often referred to as drywall. Its 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, as well as more detailed scientific information and links to other relevant websites.
The US Department of Homeland Security’s NIPP and supporting Sector-Specific Plans (SSPs) provide a coordinated approach to critical infrastructure and key resources protection roles and responsibilities for federal, state, local, tribal, and private sector security partners to help ensure that government, economy, and public services continue in the event of a terrorist attack or other disaster.
Part of the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), this federal agency is responsible for conducting research and providing information and training in the area of occupational safety and health. The site offers news, research, and numerous resources in the areas of industries and occupations, hazards and exposures, diseases and injuries, chemicals, safety and prevention, emergency preparedness and response, and data and statistics.
This US government site is the building community’s connection to the authoritative national source of knowledge and advice on matters of building regulation, science, and technology. NIBS councils/committees include: the Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council, the Building Seismic Safety Council, the Facility Information Council, the International Alliance for Interoperability of North America, Multihazard Mitigation Council, the Building Enclosure Council, and the Facility Maintenance and Operations Committee. Each council’s Web page offers news and relevant information. Programs and projects include: HAZUS Multihazard Loss Estimation, National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities, Total Building Commissioning, and Whole Building Design Guide.
NOD is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes the full participation of America’s 54 million people with disabilities in all aspects of life, focusing on increasing employment opportunities for those who are not employed. The site includes a section For Business Leaders, which offers Employment Best Practices, Assistive Technologies in the Workplace, and Disability and Emergency Preparedness in the Workplace.
NOD launched this initiative after the 9/11 attacks to ensure that emergency managers address disability concerns and that people with disabilities are included in all levels of emergency preparedness–planning, response, and recovery. It offers news, programs, and resources.
This site, launched by the U.K.’s Environment Agency, helps companies in the U.K. comply with the European Union’s packaging recycling regulations. Under the Producer Responsibility (Packaging) Regulations, any company involved in the packaging supply chain that is larger than £2m turnover and which handles more than 50 tons of packaging each year is obligated to recover and recycle a set level of its packaging waste.
Membership association for personal property and fixed-asset professionals who (as opposed to real estate property managers) oversee the effective management of fixed assets at local, state, and federal government agencies, colleges, universities, medical facilities, and private industries. NPMA offers training, certification programs, and educational opportunities. The site offers information on those as well as publications, a vendor directory, chapter support, and research.
A not-for-profit membership organization of recycling professionals and advocates dedicated to maximizing recycling as well as source reduction, composting, and reuse by providing technical information, education, training, outreach and advocacy services to its members. Members can calculate the environmental benefits of their recycling program with NRC’s recycling calculator.
The nation’s official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation. Properties listed in the Register include districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects that are significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture. The National Register is administered by the National Park Service, which is part of the US Department of the Interior.
The nation’s primary laboratory for renewable energy and energy-efficiency research and development, under the Department of Energy. The site gives information about renewable energy basics and storage, and applying various technologies. R&D areas include: Photovoltaics, Wind, Biomass, Geothermal, Building, Advanced Vehicles & Fuels, Electric Infrastructure Systems, Hydrogen & Fuel Cells, Concentrating Solar Power, Basic Sciences, Energy Analysis, and Computational Sciences.
This plan from the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) establishes a comprehensive all-hazards approach to enhance the ability of the US to manage domestic incidents. It forms the basis of how the federal government coordinates with state, local, and tribal governments and the private sector during incidents.
National organization founded in 1934 that represents the interests of licensed professional engineers from all technical disciplines. Offers information on licensure, employment, products & services, education, and government relations, as well as news, a calendar, and online issues of PE: The Magazine for Professional Engineers.
Part of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NWS is the primary source of weather data, forecasts, and warnings for the US. The site offers current warnings and forecasts by state and county, graphical forecasts, national maps, radar and satellite images, and maps of water and air quality and climate trends.
This site from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) contains information about natural disasters and severe weather, including earthquakes, extreme heat, floods, hurricanes, landslides & mudslides, power outages, tornadoes, tsunamis, volcanoes, wildfires, and winter weather.
The Center’s mission is to advance and communicate knowledge on hazards mitigation and disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. The site offers extensive information, research, and publications, such as the Natural Hazards Observer bi-monthly newsletter.
This document provides a comparison between the updated ADA Accessibility Guidelines (published in 2004), the original ADA Standards, and the International Building Code (2003 edition). The comparison is ordered according to the format and sequence of the updated guidelines.
This document from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) gives recommendations to help ensure that HVAC systems contaminated with flood water are properly cleaned and remediated to provide healthy indoor environments.
This pocket guide [DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 97-140] from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is a source of general industrial hygiene information on several hundred chemicals/classes found in the work environment, including personal protection measures, respirator recommendations, and first aid.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Technology Services provides a variety of products and services to US industry and the public in collaboration with NIST laboratories, federal agencies, national measurement institutes, state and local governments, and the private sector. These products and services include support for NIST calibrations, standard reference materials, standard reference data, and weights and measures; coordination of documentary standards activities; training of foreign standards officials; laboratory accreditation; facilitating partnerships between NIST researchers and US industry; and access to the NIST Research Library.
This site from the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) addresses the common hazards of occupational exposure to high noise levels, including noise-induced hearing loss. OSHA says these hazards can be reduced or eliminated through the successful application of engineering controls and hearing conservation programs. The page addresses where noise hazards occur and what their health effects are, and how to measure and control noise exposures, and offers applicable standards, OSHA’s Noise and Hearing Conservation eTool, and other resources.
The mission of this self-regulatory organization since 1968 has been to ensure that the bulk electric system in North America is reliable, adequate, and secure. The site includes reliability standards and assessments as well as information on critical infrastructure protection, compliance enforcement, the August 2003 blackout, FERC orders, and more.
The mission of this self-regulatory organization since 1968 has been to ensure the reliability of the bulk electric system in North America. The site addresses Standards, Compliance, Assessments, Awareness, Readiness, and Training.
A clearinghouse for solar and other renewable energy programs, information, research, technical assistance, and training for NC and beyond. The site covers extensive resources, NCSC programs, research, professional development and technical assistance services, and the NCSU Solar House. Topics include: solar, wind, biomass, hydrogen, biofuels, buildings, and CHP.
A regional nonprofit organization that promotes energy efficiency in homes, buildings, and industry in the Northeast US through regionally coordinated programs and policies that increase the use of energy-efficient products, services, and practices. The site offers news, publications, a calendar, and information on regional energy-efficiency initiatives, public policy, appliance standards, building operator certification, high-performance schools, and building energy codes.
This Web portal from Energy Intelligence, a leading publisher of energy information services, tracks the evolution of US energy policy under President Barack Obama and includes analytical articles, resources, a weekly poll and other useful information.
Part of the US Department of Labor (DOL), this federal agency’s mission is to assure the safety and health of America’s workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health. The site offers news, information on OSHA regulations for various industries, compliance assistance, information on enforcement and voluntary safety and health programs, and resources for numerous occupational safety and health topics.
Web-based office space referral and information network with local office space leasing and sales professionals in over 400 markets. The site offers an Office Space Calculator and other leasing information.
A division of the US Department of Energy. The site offers news, education, events, and information about clean energy technologies. Technology programs include: Biomass; Building Technologies; Federal Energy Management; Geothermal Technologies; Hydrogen, Fuel Cells, & Infrastructure Technologies; Industrial Technologies; Solar Energy Technologies; Vehicle Technologies; Weatherization & Intergovernmental; and Wind & Hydropower Technologies.
This site offers information, guidance, resources, and recommendations to help users address the requirements of this international occupational health and safety management standard, and to manage health and safety more effectively.
This site focuses on disseminating information to professionals whose work promotes sustainable design and construction. Oikos offers architects, designers, building contractors, consultants and consumers detailed information on products and techniques, as well as numerous publications. It includes a searchable database of sources of building materials and equipment with environmental benefits.