FM Articles

Project

How One Simple Shift in Thinking Can Improve Your Project Prioritization

When each of your buildings’ needs are treated exactly the same, effectively prioritizing projects can quickly become overwhelming. How can you ever find a place to start when every renovation need seems equally important?

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Remodeling

Commercial Bathroom Remodeling Challenges Facing General Contractors

Remodeling commercial bathrooms in places like university and college dormitories, public housing, hotels, and in assisted and long-term living facilities involve many complex decisions and steps. For this reason, many general contractors choose to hire sub-contractors for these large-scale projects.

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Lifts

Quiet, Dignified Lifts to the Second Floor for Schools and Universities

For lift platforms that are capable of reaching higher, many are poorly designed and disruptive, too tightly enclosed for those uncomfortable in small spaces, and require demolition of floors or walls to hide internal lift machinery. Now, however, industry advances promise quieter, ADA compliant wheelchair lifts.

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Green

Leveraging Variable Speed Drive Chillers Boosts Energy Savings & “Green” Reputations

More and more facility managers are being challenged to control building energy costs and enhance their property’s “green” reputation. In a typical building, almost 40 percent of the energy consumed is used for cooling and heating, according to data from the Department of Energy.

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LEED

The Importance of LEED Lighting

LEED-certified buildings are required to reduce their energy consumption and waste. While the LEED standards are designed to minimize a building’s overall carbon footprint, certification also has broader financial benefits.

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Smoke

Smoke Detector Alternative Promises Earlier Detection

For decades, traditional smoke detectors have been used to protect patients and personnel at healthcare facilities from the danger of smoke and fire – protection that is mandated by the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association). Now, however, a new approach using more sophisticated, established smoke detection technology is contributing substantial benefits for healthcare facilities.

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Emergency

Designing More Aesthetic Emergency Lighting Systems

Emergency lighting is mandated by the NFPA and IBC to ensure sufficient light along the path of egress in the event of a power outage or other emergency. Although this is typically the domain of electrical engineers, many lighting designers and architects prefer to meet these requirements with aesthetic solutions that fit into the building’s overall design.

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Plumbing

Plumbing System Updates – Using the Right Valves for Your Application

When it comes to shutting off, limiting, or controlling flow in a plumbing system, PVC valves are the go-to product to make it happen. Although valves play a vital part in plumbing systems, selecting the correct PVC valve for the job can be incredibly frustrating.

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Housekeepers

Housekeepers to the Rescue

Astute hospital administrators know they must leave no stone unturned when it comes to reducing or at least slowing the rising costs to operate a medical facility. When it comes to the cost of housekeeping, managers typically focus on how many housekeepers work in the facility and the cost to employ these people.

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Building

A BEMS Solution Can Help Ensure Optimized Building Environments

Building owners and facility managers are constantly monitoring building conditions while balancing performance and occupant comfort with the cost associated with running a building efficiently. Even more is at stake for hospitals and schools because building conditions also have a significant impact on the productivity and health of the students, teachers, patients and doctors.

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