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Facility management related issues are often in the news. This monthly feature examines some of the more abstract, non-product concepts and challenges facility managers face in that regard.

FM Issue: Situational Awareness For Safety

Employing this concept fosters holistic emergency alert and response management.

FM Issue: Energy Disclosure

Legislation requiring facility owners to report consumption is increasing. Is this obligation an opportunity or burden?

FM Issue: Code Compliance For Reroofing

Projects at existing facilities require specific considerations to meet IECC 2012 requirements.

FM Issue: When Open Isn’t So Open

Resolving the challenges of facility systems integration requires a clear look at how building automation protocols interact.

FM Issue: Managing Security Services

An effective security program requires communicating key parameters.

FM Issue: Mission Critical Training

A methodical approach coupled with follow through goes a long way toward reliable operations in facilities that run 24/7.

FM Issue: Testing Emergency Generators

A panel of experts discusses the role of load banks in assessing system readiness.

FM Issue: Building Automation Analytics

This technologically based concept allows facility professionals to harness building data to reach goals and elevate department status.

FM Issue: Message Received?

To optimize emergency communications, analyzing risks is only the beginning.

FM Issue: Cybersecurity Evolution

As facilities systems increasingly intersect with IT infrastructure, protection is paramount.

FM Issue: Safer And Stronger

As part of a campus-wide risk management initiative, the University of Iowa focuses on fire systems.

FM Issue: Withstand The Weather

Protecting against the elements is a primary role for roofs, and maintenance is crucial.

FM Issue: Brawn Over Buzz

In cultivating a smart building with integrated systems, facility managers can “show, share, and strategize.”

FM Issue: Financing Renewable Energy

Funding options are increasing for facility managers who want to pursue a cleaner power supply. From the October 2013 issue.

FM Issue: The Calm Before The Storm

In the face of extreme weather, facilities housing mission critical resources seek increased resilience. From the September 2013 issue.

FM Issue: Cool Down

Facility factors, such as roof slope and climate, impact the benefit of reflective roofs. From the August 2013 issue.

FM Issue: NextGen Electrical

Expanding requirements for distribution systems can be met using molded case circuit breakers. From the July 2013 issue.

FM Issue: Surplus Furniture

Creative alternatives to landfill disposal are available to facility managers. From the June 2013 issue.

FM Issue: Moving Target

In order to optimize a security plan, facility managers should take a dynamic approach. From the April 2013 issue.

FM Issue: Safeguarding Fire Systems

Remote monitoring and automation capabilities ease maintenance. From the March 2013 issue of Today's Facility Manager.

FM Issue: Recipe For Roof Coatings

Ensuring optimal results from this improvement project requires a holistic view. Rooftop coating and restoration solutions require proper planning and execution to deliver maximum performance.

FM Issue: Integrated Systems, Effective Operations

Technology makes it possible for facility systems to work together and increase productivity. An ICT approach can help give facility managers additional oversight and control.

FM Issue: Eyeing The End Result

An integrated project delivery approach to facility projects—during the construction phase—works to reduce life cycle costs.

FM Issue: Access To Data: Anytime, Anywhere

Cloud and mobile technologies help facility professionals keep track of the ever increasing amount of data they manage, and some are using specific tools to help keep important data better organized.

FM Issue: Signature Perimeter Security

Security directors from two signature buildings (one in Chicago and another in Philadelphia) explain how they secure their buildings’ perimeters. A bonus article explains the important role of lighting in perimeter security.

FM Issue: Power Reliability For Facility Managers

Keeping electricity demands "current" can be a challenge. A sound strategy wil go beyond making sure the lights stay on.

FM Issue: Say What You Mean!

A facility management strategy that aligns with the broader organization vision is increasingly important. It is possible to develop and articulate a workplace approach that is aligned with technology.

FM Issue: Sounds Great

Directional sound is the latest life safety technology to be added to the disaster planning toolbox.

FM Issue: Lighting Boost

With technology improvements, there is continued opportunity for facility managers to upgrade their systems to reduce energy consumption and costs. Renovating this system could provide a fast track to savings.

FM Issue: Playing With Fire

Safe egress for building occupants is paramount, and existing and just released standards help guide the way. Accessibility isn't just the law; it's very, very good business!

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