FM Articles

Furniture

Reducing Maintenance Costs with Furniture Floor Protection

One of the simplest and most cost effective ways to protect floors and decrease maintenance expenses is installing floor protectors on furniture to guard the floors against damage from the legs scratching the surfaces. Maintenance costs decrease as much as 50% simply by added floor protectors to any part of the furniture that comes in contact with the floors.

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Acoustic

The Importance of Acoustic Treatment in K-12 Schools

Several generations of students and teachers have battled the inherent problems caused by noise and poor acoustic design in educational settings. Despite the problem having been recognized for over 100 years, acoustics in classrooms remain under-addressed in older buildings and many newer built schools.

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Healthcare

LEED for Healthcare: Flooring Tips, Techniques and Materials

From hospitals and maternity wards to nursing homes, healthcare facilities are, in general, locations where healthcare is provided. As research continues to bring forth new ideas and techniques to promote healing, one idea specifically aims to create sustainable medical facilities that improve the health of the patients as well as the health of the environment.

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Restrooms

There’s an Invisible World in Public Restrooms

Restrooms, even those that have just been cleaned, often house an invisible “microbial zoo,” which starts developing minutes after cleaning. Even after cleaning, the microbial zoo started rebuilding.

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RFP

Requests For Proposals

Recycling of old RFPs is a situation many facility managers find themselves in. Submitting RFPs and then evaluating them as they are returned, interviewing vendors, and then comparing RFPs, is a time-consuming process. So, if they can cut a few corners by reprocessing an old RFP, it helps make the process move along a bit faster.

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Signs

Dual Technology Exit Signs: Increased Reliability Powered On or Off

For building and facility owners or managers striving to meet fire and safety codes, new “dual technology” exit signs are combining the efficiency of LED lighting with revolutionary new photoluminescent materials to increase reliability and performance over decades of use.

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Payments

Know Your Neighborhood – Timely Property Management Payments

It is essential to look at the various reasons payments are late, rather than just assuming the typical “check’s in the mail” excuse. In today’s market, there are many payment solutions; a single payment option won’t meet the needs of a diverse range of residents and will leave potential revenue on the table.

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Construction

Involving FMs During Pre-Construction Meetings

As the operational phase of a building is longer and more cost intensive, facility managers should be involved and engaged early on in the design phase of commercial projects. Due to the innovations in technology and energy efficiency for commercial buildings, the structure becomes more intricate in its mechanical, lighting and control systems.

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Restroom

Cleaning Alternatives for Restroom Alternatives

While it may be somewhat controversial, the old concept of having restrooms built in commercial facilities only for males and only for females is not necessarily disappearing, but shall we say, alternatives are popping up. A restroom alternative that is raising a few eyebrows, even in the most sophisticated of settings, is the unisex restroom.

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Generators

Common Generator Problems in Industrial Settings

Generators need to run smoothly and efficiently to effectively power necessary equipment in industrial settings. However, there are a few common problems industrial generators encounter that factory managers, OEMs and owners should be aware of in order to prevent downtime.

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