Industry Trends

Elliott’s Industry Trends features forward-thinking ideas on where the industry is heading, including addressing best practices, design considerations, productivity enhancements, and other ideas that will shape how owners and occupiers of commercial real estate plan their best practices. These articles are intended to stimulate ‘out of the box’ thinking about how to deliver the optimum environment for each industry’s unique needs.

Synbiotic Cleaning Products: A Game-Changing Moment for Cleaning?

In this 11-minute ISSA video, Dr. Gavin Macgregor-Skinner (Senior director of the Global Biorisk Advisory Council) discusses "synbiotic" cleaning products.

Contracting Profits (May / June 2024 Edition)

The May / June 2024 edition of the Contracting Profits magazine discusses the "benefits of improved cleaning carts for frontline staff" (P. 8-10), "proper use" of quaternary ammonium compounds ("quats") for disinfection (P. 12-13), and the results of the 2024 Building Service Contractor Market Study (P. 18-21).

Cleaning Maintenance & Management (May / June 2024 Edition)

The May / June 2024 edition of the Cleaning Maintenance & Management magazine discusses "battery and charger solutions" and "sustainable products" for floor cleaning (P. 14-16 / 40-42), using autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) in a cost-effective manner (P. 18-20), "understanding the concrete-polishing process" (P. 30-31), accessibility considerations for public restrooms (P. 32-34), maintenance of "natural stone floors" (P. 37-38), and chemistry considerations of cleaning products (P. 44-47).

Facility Management Journal (May / June 2024 Edition)

The May / June 2024 edition of IFMA's FMJ magazine discusses "integration of artificial intelligence (AI) in facility management" (P. 13-17), implications of the WELL Building Standard on commercial restrooms (P. 32-35), "strategic space management" (P. 42-46), "7 strategies to improve IAQ (indoor air quality)" (P. 68-71), and safety considerations related to "UVC lighting" used for disinfection (P. 81-83).

Building Services Management (May 2024 Edition)

The May 2024 edition of the Building Services Management magazine discusses the maintenance of concrete floors (P. 12-13), "safe work practices when using cleaning chemicals" (P. 16-17), two product lines of floor cleaning equipment (P. 18-19), "prevent[ing] mold growth on school ceilings" (P. 26-27), and the usage of "environmentally friendly cleaning products" (P. 30-31).

Building Operating Management (May 2024 Edition)

The May 2024 edition of the Building Operating Management magazine discusses upgrades to the Boston Public Schools facilities since the COVID pandemic (P. 4-7), efforts to achieve energy efficiency at the Pueblo Community Health Center in Colorado (P. 8-11), and "carbon monoxide detection" (P. 12-15).

New Research Shows Cleaning Chemicals May Affect Brain Cells

Report on a March 2024 article in the Nature Neuroscience journal on the potential toxicity of quaternary ammonium compounds "used in cleaning and disinfecting products... to a type of brain cell"

Walk-Behind Leaf Blowers Recalled Due to Laceration Hazard

FacilitiesNet article mentioning the recall of selected models of DR Power's "Walk-Behind Leaf Blowers and Vacuums, and Tow-Behind Leaf Vacuums" as of May 2, 2024

Sanitary Maintenance (April 2024 Edition)

The April 2024 edition of the Sanitary Maintenance magazine discusses the Green Seal certification program (P. 8-9), possible benefits of using "pre-measured chemicals" for cleaning (P. 16-18), and the importance of matting programs (P. 19-22).

LEED v5 Public Comment Period Now Open

FacilitiesNet article on the upcoming LEED v5 green building certification that is expected to be released in "Early 2025" ( )

Drones Take Flight for Facility Inspections

FacilitiesNet article series on the usage of drones for inspecting building exteriors

Facility Cleaning Decisions (March / April 2024 Edition)

The March / April 2024 edition of the Facility Cleaning Decisions magazine discusses disinfection via UV-C light in healthcare settings (P. 8-9), "green" or "sustainable" cleaning products (P. 12-15), hand hygiene (P. 16-18), and ergonomic considerations for the cleaning process (P. 19-21).
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