FM Articles

Energy Savings

Maximizing Energy Savings with Monitoring-Based Commissioning

Instead of reacting to maintenance issues for systems like HVAC, Compressed Air, Chilled Water, Boilers, and more, many facilities are now introducing Monitoring-Based Commissioning (MBCx) to create a more proactive approach that keeps their buildings and equipment operating like new, minimizing maintenance costs and maximizing energy savings, and ensures the occupants are comfortable.

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Smart Restroom

What Smart Restroom Data Will Tell You About Your Venue Efficiency

Like so much else in today’s world, advances in data gathering and business intelligence software offer significant opportunities to improve the public washroom guest experience. Smart Restroom solutions built on a foundation of sensor-based data collection and analytics software is vaulting the public washroom experience from the Dark Ages to the 21st Century – and the change is as dramatic and welcome to guests and facility managers around the world.

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Vibration Analysis

Vibration Analysis for Fluid Handling

The cocktail party effect is our impressive ability to focus our attention on one voice in a busy, noise-filled room. By filtering out a range of other stimuli, partygoers have no problems tuning into a single conversation and ignoring every other noise. Vibration analysis systems are capable of the same thing.

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Emergencies

How to Communicate with Your Facility to Predict Emergencies & Save Money

In a perfect world, your facility would be able to tell you about emergencies brewing behind the walls. Unfortunately, most of these mishaps go undetected until it’s potentially too late, causing tens of thousands of dollars of damage in the process. In addition to the financial toll, repairs can take days, even weeks, of valuable time. However, by utilizing the latest technology, early detection is possible.

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Clean

Clean & Healthy: It’s What You Don’t Know That Can Be the Biggest Concern

Ensuring a facility is clean and healthy can be one of a facility manager’s most challenging tasks. Although many aspects of the work create cleaning challenges, one in particular is that floors, walls, or other surfaces may look clean, but upon further investigation, may not be clean and healthy at all.

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Power Transformer

No Time to Lose When a Power Transformer Fails

Silence: The sound no manufacturing general manager wants to hear. When a power transformer that supplies a plant goes bust, everything comes to a grinding halt. At such times the only thing audible is the sound of net profit being sucked out of the air.

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Educational Facilities

How to Build a Sustainable Cleaning Program in Educational Facilities

Today, there are more than 60 million students and faculty in the United States. With such a significant portion of the population attending educational facilities, a growing number of schools are opting to participate in “greener” practices that benefit the students, budget, and environment.

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Sustainability

Sustainability Plus New Technology Leads to Employee Retainment

The healthcare industry has been slower than many others in adopting green and sustainability initiatives. The hospitality industry, in contrast, got on board with environmental responsibility more than 25 years ago. Industry stakeholders viewed it as a way to provide their guests with rooms that were cleaner, safer, and healthier.

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Disease

Infectious Disease Prevention with Continuous Monitoring and Fault Detection Software

Legionella pneumophila is a waterborne bacteria that is the cause of a severe form of pneumonia called Legionnaires Disease. The number of people getting sick from Legionella bacteria in healthcare environments has been steadily and substantially increasing in the last decade as these facilities often house those who are most susceptible.

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Emergencies

Handling “Velocity” Emergencies

The recent shootings in New Zealand serve as one more wake-up call reminding facility managers (FMs) they must be prepared for almost any emergency – or catastrophe – at just about any time in any of the facilities they manage. Shooting incidents such as this, whether they happen in schools, office buildings, or churches, synagogues, and mosques are becoming all too common.

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