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.
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.
Walking into a public restroom with sparkling floors, streak-free mirrors and fresh aromas is what every guest hopes for. However, even the cleanest restrooms can be a germ danger zone due to an often-overlooked restroom process: hand drying.
Lab research facilities are energy intense building types due to the vast amounts of 100% outside air required. With today’s concerns over high-energy expenses, reducing carbon footprints, plus efforts to make facilities green and provide a better indoor environment, reducing both new and existing lab and vivarium facility energy expenses has become a critical challenge.
In 1965, Gordon Moore predicted that computing power would increase exponentially – doubling every two years. This rule, known as Moore’s Law, has held true for several decades and translates into a breathtaking pace of change. Moore wasn’t thinking of buildings or construction projects when he came up with this insight, but such rapid advances in technology have wide-ranging impacts.
Artificial lighting cannot compare with the aesthetics and sustainable design of bright natural daylight in indoor gyms, sports arenas, and recreational spaces. Daylighting not only enhances the function and beauty of these venues for students, athletes, and spectators, but also makes viewing clearer and colors truer.
School administrators have known for years that poor indoor air quality (IAQ) can have a negative impact on the health and performance of students, teachers and all other staff. And, according to the Asthma Initiative of Michigan (AIM), one of the many triggers of asthma, especially for children, is the cleaning solutions normally used to maintain schools.
For today’s building operators, a well-designed BAS works the way they do – quickly and remotely. In many organizations, the facility department is staffed with fewer people than the departments of 10 years ago, and it is not unusual for those who work in the department to come to their positions with less experience in building systems, so building operators are expected to do more with less.
Facilities managers continue to struggle with budget limitations, and attempting a quick fix can often overshadow return on investment strategies. The rental of throw down mats for building entrances may seem like it would save money, but may not do so in the long run.
The goal of optimization is to make mechanical systems work at peak effectiveness all the time. Healthcare and campus facility directors can optimize even the most demanding environments, outfitted with new or existing equipment, with a combination of energy engineering, relational control software, and a technical support platform that keeps systems at commissioned levels.