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How to go zero waste

May 23, 2018


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that the U.S. generates more than 250 million tons of municipal solid waste each year. Much of this waste ends up polluting our land, water, and air, so many organizations, cities, and even countries, …

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Thinking of getting a green wall? Think moss.

May 2, 2018


Living walls—aka green walls or vertical gardens—have become a popular item for many facilities around the world. These walls are made of living plants growing into a support structure that includes the necessary growing elements like soil, irrigation, and drainage. …

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Find trouble before it finds you with thermal imaging cameras

April 25, 2018


Thermal imaging cameras have been around since the Korean War. But in recent years, thanks to technological breakthroughs and cost savings, facility managers have found ways to use this technology to detect early signs of building deficiencies, troubleshoot electrical and …

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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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Cleaning routine for restroom facilities

March 28, 2018


Maintaining clean and fresh restrooms is essential to any facility. They can often make a bad impression on guests and employees if not routinely cleaned.   Many facility managers (FM) buy products specifically designed to reduce odors in restrooms, like …

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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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Cleaning your water cooler

February 14, 2018


When was the last time you cleaned your water cooler? If you can’t remember, then it’s time. The fact is, most water coolers are refilled every other day by whichever employee is the last one to drain the bottle, or …

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