FM Articles

Lighting

Setting the Natural Light “Gold Standard”

Daylighting not only enhances the function and beauty of these venues for students, athletes, and spectators, but also makes viewing clearer and colors truer. Functionally, studies have shown that such daylight exposure can also enhance health, energy, and mood.

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Flooring

Easy-to-Maintain Rubber Flooring Attracts Facility Managers

Floor coverings represent a significant investment in any facility, which makes caring for them an important part of a facility maintenance program. The goal of a good maintenance program is to extend the useful life of the flooring while contributing to that always-important first impression as students, parents, patients, employees and visitors enter a building for the first time.

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Trash

Cleaning, Oatmeal, Liners, and Cost Savings

Trash cans are traditionally located at every workstation in an office setting. For a small office, they may number as few as 10, all lined with plastic liners. For a large corporate center with thousands of workers, there very likely are several thousand trash cans.

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Airflow

Saving Lives and Saving Energy with Advanced Airflow Controls

While hospitals are complex environments with many facilities and human factors contributing to patient outcomes and operating costs, one system that effects both the SSI and energy cost numbers is the ventilation airflow controls.

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Safety

Did Your Cleaning Crew Forget the Sign?

The professional cleaning industry “talks” safety, but does not always “walk” safety, especially when it comes to the proper use of safety signs. Cleaning contractors and in-house cleaning professionals often forget the importance of installing safety signs.

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Energy

Score LEED® Points with CHP

Combined heat and power (CHP), also known as cogeneration, has a long record of providing buildings with reliable electricity, steam, and hot water with lower costs and emissions than grid-supplied electricity and an on-site boiler.

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Flood

Dealing with Flood Emergencies

One of the most challenging situations facility managers may encounter is walking into their buildings on a Monday morning and finding a pipe burst over the weekend, flooding a large area of carpets on one or more floors.

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Bike Friendly Building

Creating a Bike-Friendly Building

66 million Americans rode a bike in the past year, and between 2005 and 2014, there was a 46% increase in the share of commuters who cycled to work or school. Bicycle parking can ease the demand for vehicle parking.

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Flooring

Flooring: The Difference Between Entrance Mats & Carpet Tiles

How welcoming is your facility’s entrance? Many factors play a role in welcoming students, tenants, patients, or guests to your building. Flooring is one of those factors.

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Aerial Lift

Aftermarket Service when Selecting Aerial Lift Equipment

Dependency on this equipment makes it important for school officials arranging purchase or lease agreements to know what to look for and ask of their provider as they make equipment selections.

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