Facilities Managers: Do You Manage Leaders or Followers?

Categorized: Buildings

Using BIRDS to Save on Energy Costs at Your Facility

Using BIRDS to Save on Energy Costs at Your Facility

November 18, 2014


Over the past year, we’ve featured a number of posts that offer new ways for facilities managers to lower energy costs at their buildings, from ASHRAE’s bEQ program to using Smart Grid technology. Saving energy remains vitally important. The U.S. …

Categorized: Buildings

Be More Efficient With Your Facility's Water

Beat The Drought, Be More Efficient With Your Facility’s Water

October 29, 2014


Facilities managers can’t get enough free tools to help them maximize the shrinking dollars allotted in their budgets to solve common problems like water usage, as we shared in a blog post earlier this year about the EPA’s WaterSense partnership …

Categorized: Buildings

7 Ways to Improve Your Winter Emergency Plans Today

7 Ways to Improve Your Facility’s Winter Emergency Plans Today

September 19, 2014


Earlier this year, we reminded you about reviewing your emergency preparedness checklist to be ready in the event of severe summer weather (hurricanes, tropical storms, tornadoes). With the football season in full swing and the leaves beginning to turn from …

Categorized: Buildings

Protect Your Workers From the Heat With the OSHA App

Protect Your Workers From the Heat With the OSHA App

July 17, 2014


With a record-breaking winter in America still a lingering memory, it’s hard to imagine facilities managers and their employees who work outdoors aren’t more than a little thankful to be sweating in warmer weather. Just because summer weather has arrived, …

Categorized: Buildings

Measuring Facility Water Costs Never Stops

Measuring Facility Water Costs Never Stops

May 29, 2014


The old adage, you can’t manage what you can’t measure, has never been more important for the facilities manager than how it applies very directly today to water usage in their buildings. Considering the price of water in America doubled …

Categorized: Buildings

FMs: Are You Managing Life Safety Codes?

FMs: Are You Managing Life Safety Codes?

February 24, 2014


Despite a lengthy delay in final approvals of the 2012 National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Life Safety Code, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued categorical waivers last fall that allow hospitals to take advantage specific newer provisions, …

Categorized: Buildings

control bird activity

Control Bird Activity for the Health of Your Facility

June 17, 2013


To most people, birds are a welcome sign of nature, beauty and tranquility. To facility managers, however, there are few things more troublesome than controlling the potentially costly damage birds can do to their buildings. As lovely as most of …

Categorized: Buildings

vanguard-water-hospital

Categorized: Buildings

iStock_000008239448XSmall

Who’s Going Up Next in Your Hospital Elevator?

April 26, 2013


Have you ever spent more than five minutes impatiently waiting for a hospital elevator to transport you upward to a loved one on another floor? The door light flashes on, the door opens, and you get excited, until you see …

Categorized: Buildings