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Building Envelopes

High-Performance Building Envelopes

It’s no secret that school and hospital buildings use enormous amounts of energy. According to Business Energy Advisor, K-12 schools use 10 kWh of electricity and 51,000 Btu of natural gas per square foot annually. Heating and cooling account for much of that energy load.

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Operational Technologies

Operational Technologies in the High-Performance Healthcare Facility

When someone is selecting a doctor, hospital or medical practice, they typically take several factors into account: the doctor’s experience, any special training he or she has, referrals from friends and family. Those are all extremely important, but what about the facility itself that these patients visit?

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Winter Facility Preparation

Winter Facility Preparation Checklist

Identifying and tracking facility maintenance problems can be complex if you have multiple buildings on your campus or site. That means your winter facility prep checklist may require a segmented approach, especially if your facilities vary in style of construction or architecture.

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Phone System

Choosing a Phone System to Fit Your Facility

People either love or hate their telephones. Whether talking about personal or business use, a telephone becomes an extension of our personalities, and the right phone helps users communicate without effort, taking stress out of their day. The wrong phone reduces staff productivity and increases overhead.

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Fire-Rated Glazing

Fire-rated Glazing Advances Code-Driven Designs in Refurbishments

From building industry professionals to facility managers, a longstanding complaint about spaces built to fire and life safety code standards is their inferior aesthetic. Whether it’s a fire-rated corridor with light-restrictive concrete blocks or an exit door with tiny wired glass door lites, the design limitations associated with fire-rated materials are a source of frustration.

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Menstrual Equity

Are Facility Managers Ready for the Menstrual Equity Movement?

Earlier this summer, the New York City Council and the mayor of New York made it official: tampons will be available for free in all New York City schools. This is part of a trend moving throughout the country, often referred to as the “menstrual equity” movement.

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Airborne Pathogens

Reducing Airborne Pathogens and Infections

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than two million people contract antibiotic-resistant infections each year, with at least 23,000 dying as a direct result from the infection and many more people dying from their complications (CDC 2013).

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Emergency Detection

The Right Tools for Emergency Detection and Response

The IAHSS reports that violence in U.S. hospitals has increased 40 percent in the past two years. And the FBI cites that active shooter incidents are increasing in frequency and lethality, with many of these tragedies occurring at educational institutions.

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Mobile Technology

How Mobile Technology Benefits Facility Managers to Be More Efficient

Mobile technology is all around us. It has grown by leaps and bounds in the last few years, and is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. This has made it important for businesses to drive mobile development through mobile applications. Managers should harness the power of mobile technology.

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Outsourced Cleaning

The In-House Vs. Outsourced Cleaning Quandary

It is very common for schools and universities to have their own staff attend to cleaning tasks for their facilities. This is referred to as in-house cleaning and, as we will discuss later, there can be very specific reasons why this is the best option for some educational institutions. However, administrators of schools and universities should not dismiss hiring out their cleaning needs, referred to as outsourced cleaning.

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