FM Articles

Data Center

Technology Shapes Data Center Sustainability Future

The demand for data centers has exploded in the last few years. The seven largest U.S. markets, for example, saw a 50% increase in megawatt net absorption of data center space from 2020 to 2021. But as increasingly necessary as data centers are to our modern world, they are also intensive energy users; data centers use nearly 2% of all U.S. electricity.

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Water

Future-Proofing Your Facility’s Water Systems

When it comes to maintaining a building’s water systems, facility managers are often the first to hear about issues related to water pressure – from showers and faucets that aren’t performing as expected in tenant-occupied spaces to commercial units like restaurants, hotels, schools and healthcare facilities that rely on water to keep their businesses running.

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Supply

Cost Effective Supply Shock Options

Since the pandemic showed manufacturers, distributors, and retailers how supply chain disruptions can cause dramatic shortages, many are seeking to increase inventory to avoid similar problems in the future. However, warehouse space is in short supply, particularly around distribution centers, with prices rising as leased properties are quickly snapped up.

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Salt

Reduce Your Salt Usage This Winter

Since the 1940s, U.S. road maintenance departments have been spreading salt on streets and highways to melt snow and ice. The rate of use has gone up astronomically from about 0.15 metric tons per year during the 1940s to about 18 million metric tons per year today. Additionally, the biggest budget these departments have is for salt and chemical treatments.

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Smart Buildings

Convert Your Buildings to Smart Buildings

Smart buildings simplify life, and they can help keep us safer. Older buildings that aren’t designated as smart have deficiencies that you can’t afford in your business but creating a smart building doesn’t happen overnight. You need a plan to create a building that communicates among smart components and automates processes within your building.

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Maps

Leveraging Interactive Maps

As the facility management industry is expected to grow to $76.3 Billion by 2026, now is the time for organizations to ensure they have the technology in place to increase their facilities’ accessibility. This is where interactive 3D maps enter the equation. Employed the right way, and promoted through the right channels, 3D maps take the mystery out of any facility.

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Signal

New Signal Towers Brighter & Simpler

Signal tower lights play a critical role in protecting the safety of people and equipment in manufacturing and process control environments. They are relatively simple devices but they have been difficult to configure, order and stock because of different options to meet a wide range of applications. Now, ordering signal towers is much easier and fewer spare parts are needed.

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Operations Optimization

How Facility Operations Optimization Delivers Value

Facility management has evolved to become much more than a practice for managing buildings and the infrastructure contained therein. They are expected to recommend, coordinate, and actively implement best practices. Facility operations optimization is one of the practices that FMs can utilize to enable them to make strategic and sustainable improvements in their facilities.

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Patients

Flexible Openings Benefit Patients & Providers

Healthcare design can present difficult challenges to facility managers and architects alike. Not only does the building have to be accessible navigable, but it also has to accommodate the demands asked of medical professionals. One way for facility managers to help create a more supportive healthcare environment is to choose doors that benefit both patients and providers.

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Sustainability

Four Deceptive Sustainability Myths

Sustainability is an important journey for all businesses to embark on yet many leaders are hesitant to begin, in part due to lack of clarity on how to start, but also because of different sustainability “myths” they’ve heard over the years. There are a number of assumptions, false beliefs or tidbits of misinformation about the cost, design and value of a sustainability program.

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