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How to winterize your facility

November 15, 2017


As the line goes, “winter is coming”. Here’s how to get your facility ready for the challenges that winter can bring, including cold temperatures, ice, snow and winter storms. A little preparation can help you get through winter with as …

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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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Boosting Productivity, Part 4: The Break Room Bump

October 11, 2017


Looking for another way to boost productivity? Studies show that productivity increases when employees can step away from work and get a mental break. After all, people can only be productive for 90-120 minutes before they need to recharge their …

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Traits of a successful Facility Manager

October 4, 2017


Maybe you’re looking to become a facility manager (FM) and you’re wondering if you would be right for the job, or perhaps you are already an FM and you want to improve. Either way, the secret to being a great …

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Better design means fewer falls

September 20, 2017


According to The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), falls are the leading cause of unintentional injury or death among people 65 and older. According to the American Geriatric Society, most falls for this population occur in hospitals and nursing homes, …

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Productivity, Part Two: Employee Empowerment

August 23, 2017


Last month we looked at how employee satisfaction can lead to increased productivity. This month we look at the importance of the power of choice.   Numerous studies show that empowering your employees can lead to higher productivity, so let’s …

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Daylighting can save you 33%

August 9, 2017


Daylighting is the practice of allowing a controlled amount of natural light into a building to reduce electric lighting costs. A daylighting system includes skylights and windows along with a daylight-responsive lighting control system. Such a system can reduce energy …

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Better questions to ask a job candidate

July 19, 2017


Job interviews can be truly enlightening for an employer—if they’re done right. Too often, employers find themselves asking the same old tired questions (“what’s your greatest weakness?”), leading to the same old tired answers (“if anything I work too hard”), …

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