Green wall, eco friendly vertical garden

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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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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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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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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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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Augmented reality set to take BIM into the real world

June 21, 2017


Maintaining your electrical, plumbing, and mechanical systems can be a real challenge, especially when many of these systems’ components are hidden inside walls, ceilings, floors or underground. Facility Managers often have to make do with 2D blueprints, which are difficult …

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Hit the buzzer!

Service at the touch of a button

April 26, 2017


Facility services provider ISS Sweden recently won an award for an innovative and incredibly simple concept. The company installed a button called “Presto” on their coffeemakers. If a coffee machine needs service, the customer can simply press this button to …

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