Survey says: This is my fave building
The Livable Buildings Awards have been bestowed on three commercial buildings. In a twist, occupants ranked their buildings, thus selecting the awards.
The University of California, Berkeley’s Center for the Built Environment has awarded the first Livable Buildings Awards. The awards educate building owners and operators on how to adjust existing buildings, help engineers construct energy efficient plans, and gauge the performance of green building design elements. The award focuses on resource efficiency, architectural design, and occupant satisfaction.
The buildings were among the top 10 performers in the Center for the Built Environment’s Web-based Occupant Indoor Environmental Quality Survey, which gathered information from more than 38,000 individuals in more than 320 non-residential buildings in North America. The survey collects the occupant’s ratings of indoor environmental quality features such as thermal comfort, air quality, lighting, and spatial layout of office furnishings.
The 2007 Livable Buildings Award winners include the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Philip Merrill Environmental Center, Annapolis, Md.; Global Ecology Research Center for the Carnegie Institution of Washington at Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif.; and the Kirsch Center for Environmental Studies at De Anza College, Cupertino, Calif. The seven-member jury of building industry leaders also selected two buildings for honorable mention, Donald Bren Hall, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, Calif.; and Flora Hewlett Foundation Building, Menlo Park, Calif.
For more information about the complete list of finalists and the occupant survey, click here
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.