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How to prioritize maintenance work orders

April 6, 2018


Sometimes it seems like every work order demands to be “top priority.” This can be frustrating and overwhelming for a busy facilities manager, but in the words of Douglas Adams, “don’t panic.” Here is a quick guideline to help you …

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How’s your IAQ? New tech lets you optimize

March 9, 2018


In 2015, HEALTHfx did a study comparing employees’ cognitive function in offices that had good Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)—meaning offices with high ventilation, low CO2, and low volatile organic compounds—and employees who worked in a conventional office environment. The study …

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The problems of scale

February 28, 2018


Facility managers (FM) in charge of maintaining chillers, boilers, heat exchangers, cooling towers, compressors or condensers know it’s not a matter of if they’ll have to deal with scale buildup, but when. Scale is the buildup of minerals (calcium, iron, …

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Facility Condition Index

February 21, 2018


This is part two in a series on preventative maintenance.   Last month we looked at conducting a Facility Condition Assessment (FCA) as part of your larger preventative maintenance program. One outcome of conducting an FCA is it allows you …

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It’s time for a facility condition assessment

January 24, 2018


This is part one in a series on preventative maintenance.   Although you can never totally prevent all emergency repairs, a preventative maintenance program is a good way to head off most danger. The first step is to run a …

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Is it time to repair or replace your HVAC?

January 3, 2018


According to the EPA, HVAC systems make up approximately 38 percent of facilities’ energy use. Another statistic states replacing an HVAC system that is more than 10 years old can save a facility as much as 20 percent or more …

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For Better Productivity, Go Green

December 20, 2017


This is part six in our ongoing series on increasing employee productivity. In a 2007 study published by Building Research and Information, 12 U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) buildings (including courthouses, offices, etc.) determined that workers’ productivity is higher in …

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How Customizing the Workspace Boosts Productivity

November 29, 2017


This is part five in our continuing series on employee productivity.   More and more offices are moving to an open-workspace design, which can be great for team collaboration. These kinds of workspaces often include low-walled cubicles, shared workspaces, and …

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Green Products, Part One: The Wool-Based “Smart Wall”

October 18, 2017


Walls have lagged behind in terms of efficiency and technology. According to Lucas Johnson, a Seattle-based consultant for 475 High Performance Building Supply:   Most walls are built with toxic materials and end up being vapor retarded or, in many …

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