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A cheap fixture will not stand up to the cleaning in commercial application and will become an eyesore. Meanwhile, the most economical soap is the one that no one complains about. So how should a facility manager decide what to buy?

Question Of The Week: Soap Suggestions

Question Of The Week: Soap Suggestions

A cheap fixture will not stand up to the cleaning in commercial application and will become an eyesore. Meanwhile, the most economical soap is the one that no one complains about. So how should a facility manager decide what to buy?

Question Of The Week: Outsourcing Strategies

A facility professional asks what level of in-house management should oversee outsourced services?

Question Of The Week: High-Maintenance Radiator Valves

Technicians are spending a significant amount of time each season releasing "stuck" radiator valves for occupants, and one manager is looking for ways to resolve the situation permanently.

Question of the Week: Open Office Plan

Open office plans are touted for encouraging collaboration, reducing real estate costs, and increasing overall productivity. But the lack of privacy and possibly problematic acoustics can also present a downside.

Question Of The Week: Staff Assessments

In the process of reorganizing his facilities team, one manager is looking for advice regarding assessment tools that cover the complete range of skills for members of his department.

Question Of The Week: Building Compliance Audits

One facility professional is looking for feedback on how to set up a large scale building compliance/auditing program.

Question Of The Week: Automated Restrooms… Friend Or Foe?

A reader recently shared his thoughts on automatic faucets in public restrooms, noting that these plumbing fixtures dictate the temperature of water he uses to wash his hands, which is often not hot enough for his liking.

Question Of The Week: Trigeneration Vs. Cogeneration

One facility manager is looking for feedback on cogeneration (combined heat and power) compared to trigeneration (combined cooling, heat and power) to generate electricity efficiently.

Question Of The Week: Ebola And Cleaning Practices

Facility cleaning procedures play a part in preventing the spread of Ebola. Are yours addressing the threat?

Question Of The Week: Cleaning Material And Toiletries Budgets

One tech facility manager is trying to determine budgetary benchmarking policies for procuring maintenance and toiletry products.

Question Of The Week: Boosting Recycling Rates

The success of recycling programs relies heavily on occupant engagement.

Question Of The Week: Facilities Management In A Minecraft World

One tech expert floats the idea of using Microsoft's recent acquisition, Minecraft, for practical 3D facilities management floor plan layout applications.

Question Of The Week: Where Are You Finding Your Future FMs?

Over the next 15 years, a high proportion of seasoned members of the facility management profession will be leaving the workforce as they reach retirement age.

Question of the Week: Anticipating Snow Removal

One facility management professional is looking for advice on the most cost effective way to handle snow removal.

Question Of The Week: What Works For Water Conservation?

Increasingly, water shortages and quality are an important facility management issue.

Question Of The Week: Locating Scouting Priorities

How do facilities management professionals prioritize factors when searching for a new location?

Question Of The Week: Favorite Part Of Your Facility?

Is there a place in your facility that you thoroughly appreciate, enjoy, and are altogether proud of? For better or worse, facility managers get to know every square inch of the facilities they oversee.

Question Of The Week: Office Space Management Programs

A facility management professional seeks a Microsoft Office based solution to his space planning needs.

Question Of The Week: Construction Projects; Lessons Learned?

In construction projects you have overseen in recent years, what has been the biggest challenge and how did you and your team overcome the issue?

Question Of The Week: Cooling Tower Blowdown Water Reuse?

What do I do if my plant wants to reclaim cooling tower blowdown water and use it for the purposes of landscape irrigation?

Question Of The Week: Maintaining Emergency Plans?

Facility managers and others who create emergency preparedness plans know that periodic testing and updates are crucial to protecting people, property, and operations in the event of a disaster.

Question Of The Week: Facility Management And Energy Initiatives

Execution of energy management programs is typically a shared responsibility, but what can be done when the facilities department is reluctant to take charge?

Question Of The Week: What’s Your Facility Management Background?

Everyone seems to have a different career path in the facilities profession; how would you describe yours?

Question Of The Week: Demand Response?

A recent report from Navigant Research forecasts worldwide revenue from demand response programs will grow from $1.6 billion annually in 2014 to $9.7 billion in 2023.

Question Of The Week: Bad Maintenance Practices

As a facility manager, what have you seen that has been a result of poor maintenance (or complete lack of)?

Question Of The Week: Open Carry Laws?

The debates about the right to carry firearms openly continue to swirl in the halls of government as well as in facilities throughout the nation.

Question Of The Week: Who Watches The Generators?

As disaster recovery and business continuity become more important, organizations are investing in standby generators...but who is in charge of maintaining them?

Question Of The Week: Mobile Checklist Management Tools

A pharmaceutical facility manager is seeking input on mobile solutions that will help him tackle his maintenance checklists.

Question Of The Week: Boosting The Bottom Line?

What is the single most effective change you've implemented recently to improve your bottom line?

Question Of The Week: What To Do About BYOD?

Now that cellphones have become ubiquitous, employers have started implementing Bring Your Own Device policies in the workplace. This is creating challenges for a facility professional who is seeking feedback from others who have been through the experience.

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