FACILITY MANAGEMENT ARTICLES
Both indoor and outdoor stainless steel products require regular cleaning to preserve corrosion resistance and maintain a shiny appearance. Indoor stainless steel products typically have less damage and wear since they are not exposed to harsh outdoor elements while outdoor stainless steel products require extra attention for ongoing maintenance and protection against rust and oxidation.
After becoming popular in Europe, green rooftops have made their way across the Atlantic Ocean to the U.S. as an attractive, sustainable solution for commercial buildings. Commercial building owners and property managers are discovering there are many benefits to choosing a green roof over a conventional system.
Some design professionals are responsible for a particularly important task: properly specifying rigid-foam insulation that meets fire requirements for safe school and hospital facilities. With these facilities at risk of slow evacuation, it is crucial that the proper fire and life safety measure are implemented to minimize the spread of flames, and to allow sufficient time for the fire service to arrive.
The Covington is an upscale retirement community located in Aliso Viejo, California. Soon after opening, the copper drinking water piping systems began to have pinhole leaks, progressing to the point of 3 to 5 leaks per week with repairs costing roughly $150,000 annually. The property was faced with a tough task – finding a permanent solution that would not disrupt the lives and special needs of their residents.
In New York City, a series of deadly outbreaks of Legionnaires Disease has become an all too common occurrence. Over the last few years hundreds have been severely sickened and dozens killed by deadly bacteria that proliferates in water systems like the cooling towers used in conjunction with large HVAC systems.
With high-energy-use equipment, an HVAC system that must run flawlessly day and night, and buildings that never go dark, the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR) was one of the biggest energy hogs on the University of Maryland campus as well as one of the most difficult to make more energy efficient.
When it was time to improve the condition of a medical facility’s parking garage, owners looked for the best LED technology that would provide extended luminaire life with no compromise in performance quality. They sought to find an LED system that would both lower energy consumption and reduce maintenance.
Since 2009, the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has been implementing a multiphase energy efficiency program. The primary contractor, Johnson Controls, brought in partner Optimum Energy to perform an ESA, which proved that optimizing the chiller plants across the campus would deliver significant energy savings.
Too often, when educational facilities look to add unique or architecturally impactful buildings on campus, restrictive fire codes put a damper on designs or threaten to significantly increase costs and compromise functionality. However, Clemson University, which recently constructed a new state-of-the-art home for its 2016 NCAA championship football team, was able to rethink conventional wisdom with a radical, more flexible approach to fire code interpretations.
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Now available from Sanitaire® is its EON™ ALLERGEN upright vacuum (SC5505A), the first commercial upright vacuum cleaner to earn asthma & allergy friendly® Certification from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and Allergy Standards Limited’s independent program.
JLG Industries, Inc., a leading global manufacturer of aerial work platforms and telehandlers, has updated its LRT series of rough terrain scissors. These model year upgrades are the result of customer feedback aimed at improving the operability, serviceability and efficiency of these industry-leading machines.
CleanAire HEPA and Carbon Filter Paks are designed to be mounted inline in the exhaust ducting from a fume hood or contaminant source up to 1500 cfm.
Random laser measuremets are now history thanks to the advanced technology of the Bosch BLAZE™ Outdoor GLM400C Connected Laser Measure with Viewfinder and the Bosch BLAZE™ Outdoor GLM400CL Connected Laser Measure with Camera.
LEDtronics® announces its new All-Weather, UL-Listed Filament-look LED String Lights that answer the demands for brilliant, mood-setting lighting with all the benefits of energy-efficient LED technology.
The new UV-C Fixture Installation Kit from UV Resources provides extruded aluminum vertical supports designed to speed contractor installation of Ultraviolet Germicidal Lamps in HVAC/R systems.