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Bed bugs at work!

February 13, 2019


Your facility may seem like an unlikely place for a bed bug infestation. After all, the top three places where bed bugs are found are single-family homes, apartments, and hotels. However, these nocturnal critters are master hitchhikers—they attach to luggage, …

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Eco-friendly Roofing Options, Part Two: Blue Roofs

January 29, 2019


Last week we covered the benefits of green roofs; this week we’re going to focus on blue. The idea behind a blue roof is similar to a retention pond—except that the pond in question is on your roof. Also known …

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A portion of the new Vancouver Convention Center environmentally friendly, lush, 6 acre green roof.

Eco-friendly Roofing Options, Part One: Green Roofs

January 23, 2019


Vegetative, or green, roofs have been around for years, and have long offered promises of energy savings, reductions in storm-water runoff, beautification, and LEED points. However, many facilities have hesitation going green. This is partially due to fear of the …

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What should you do if a pipe freezes?

January 16, 2019


Earlier we discussed how to keep your pipes from freezing, but sometimes pipes freeze despite preventative measures. It’s vital to quickly get the water flowing through the pipe again—otherwise, the pipe will burst and damage your facility. Here’s how to …

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The Smart Buildling Revolution

December 19, 2018


Smart buildings are no longer the future in building management.   Swedish research firm Meemoori’s new report on the market for big data in smart building sees “robust growth” worldwide. It predicts growth of $15.6 billion by the end of …

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Keep the holidays warm, not fiery

November 20, 2018


Holiday decorations can warm up a building quickly. They help inspire shoppers to buy, set a genial tone in the workplace, and particularly welcomed by seniors.   Holiday decorations require intense safety awareness. While most dangers center around fire, there …

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The benefits of electric submetering

September 19, 2018


More and more facility managers (FM) want to know how and where electricity is being used within their facility, and they are turning to electric submetering. Submetering can help facility professionals better understand their energy profiles, optimize performance, increase reliability, …

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Circadian lighting’s time has come

September 5, 2018


There is a growing body of evidence supporting the idea that proper light exposure can help keep our circadian rhythms (our internal 24-hour clock) in sync with the sun. Doing so can improve sleep, mood, and our metabolic function. Lighting …

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Looking to attract young talent? Here’s how.

August 29, 2018


By 2025, millennials will represent 75% of the global workforce according to a Deloitte study. By that same year Generation Z (the post-millennial generation) will be entering the workplace as well. All of this means that you need to start …

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