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Seven Deadly Sins of Facility Management

Facilities Management (FM) brings together people, systems, and processes to optimize the building environment. As costly challenges arise throughout the asset lifecycle, the seven deadly sins can impact operating costs, materials management, workplace wellness, and human performance for the asset. HVAC Sin: Neglecting the manufacturer’s recommendations for preventive maintenance will shorten the asset lifecycle. The frequency […]
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Slow the flow of wasted water

How much water do you drink each day? If you keep an insulated reusable water bottle at your desk and fill it every hour, you will consume about a half gallon in a workday. That includes the two cups of coffee that you enjoy. The surprising truth is, all of those glasses and cups are negligible […]

Explore building efficiency resources and strategies online

The General Services Administration (GSA) provides a free online tool for all office, commercial, and public building occupants. The Sustainable Facilities Tool (SFTool) may provide even greater benefit to Facility Managers and Construction Project Managers. The SFTool graphically illustrates and guides the creation of building systems and high-performance workplaces. It provides interactive recommendations for ways […]

10 ways to know if a building should be commissioned

Commissioning will benefit most building construction or renovation projects. Still, by considering specific factors and conditions you can determine when a commissioning, re-commissioning, or building tune-up will begin to return the most value. Building performance considerations What is the total mechanical cooling capacity for the building? If the capacity is greater than 40 tons, and […]

Why the sun is rising on commercial solar energy

In recent years, the commercial use of solar energy has evolved from pilot programs and public showplaces to practical full-scale implementations. Declining cost has been a great boost. Most states have seen a 9% cost reduction since 2016. Their average per watt cost is likely to be within forty cents of the 2017 national average, $3.16. […]

Find the savings hidden in your building

When building owners and facilities managers review building plans, walk-through construction sites or existing buildings, they have value and efficiencies within reach. Those may be achieved through commissioning, re-commissioning, retro-commissioning, or building tune-ups. Finding immediate value Commissioning brings the fastest payback, even though it can be a challenge to quantify. Like preventative maintenance, commissioning avoids potential problems before any […]

How a workplace can truly be WELL

So… what is WELL? The WELL Building Standard is managed and administered by the International WELL Building Institute, whose main focus is to improve human well-being and health through the built environment. USGBC describes WELL as a “performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and well-being, […]

Solar in the Sunshine State

Florida enjoys 2927 sunny hours per year. Arizona, California, Colorado, and Hawaii may have slightly higher sunshine percentages, but Florida, soaks up the solar 66% of the time, before and after common summer thundershowers. Florida solar installations pay for themselves in about seven years, then provide fifteen or more years of free energy. No surprise, […]
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Billion-dollar trends in energy efficiency

Since 1992, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has administered the ENERGY STAR program to promote energy efficiency in homes and buildings. In partnership with more than 18,000 public and private sector organizations, the program has seen over $362 billion reductions in energy costs. In doing this, more than 2 billion metric tons of […]