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Living walls cultivate air quality and wellbeing
Living walls are becoming increasingly popular in facilities, while recent data shows the green wall industry continues to be a growing market, and for good reason. Living walls improve air quality, reduce noise pollution and expose occupants to nature on a daily basis, resulting in accelerated healing rates (in hospitals) and lower employee absenteeism. Once installed, maintenance is a key component of any living wall and should be performed at least once a month. 
Employees misjudge top office areas for germs
Flu season is now underway in Canada and generally lasts till March. Workplaces are often culprits for influenza, but many employees are uneducated on what office areas harbour the most germs. 
New Quebec regulation on ladder, stepladder use  
CNESST published a notice of a draft regulation concerning the use of ladders and stepladders on worksites. 
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Repair Pipes Without Disrupting Residents
A 16-storey, luxury-style condominium began to experience a failing HVAC system, just a few years after completion. As it turned out, delays during the construction process had resulted in rapid corrosion and buildup in the pipes, leaving the condo owners in search of a long-term solution. The HVAC system had to be repaired without causing destruction to the new building and, in the process, not disrupting residents who lived among the 200 units. 
Cleaning associations ISSA and ARCSI vote to merge
The memberships of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, and the Association of Residential Cleaning Services International (ARCSI) approved to merge as of January 1, 2017.
Conkrite Capital names new VP of Physical Asset Management
Toronto-based Conkrite Capital has named Blair Thompson the new vice-president of physical asset management. 

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Johnson Controls signs major cybersecurity agreement 
In an effort to improve information sharing and analysis of cyber threats, Johnson Controls has announced a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Office of Cybersecurity and Communications.
Montreal to pump millions into facility upgrades, repairs
The City of Montreal is dedicating part of its $6.39-billion capital-works budget for 2017 to 2019 to aid to facilities, projects or programs in various boroughs.
in_theLoop_banner_prof_services (002).jpg A close look at ionizations systems for pools
Although sun-filled days of idling by the pool may be long gone until next summer, facility managers must still maintain commercial spas and indoor pools. Due to the large amount of chlorine used to ward off bacteria, such features are often costly, time-consuming and sometimes uninviting to visitors and occupants. Recent advancements in ionization technology have offered healthy and cost-effective alternatives. What are the pros and cons?
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ServiceMaster Clean: A League of its Own
ServiceMaster Clean hits a homerun with innovative offerings and quality service. The company continues to abide by the tenet ‘treat others how you want to be treated,’ which likely explains why many of its customers have remained loyal to the brand.
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