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Facility management is about the men and women in the trenches, and the magazine's columnist are some of the most experienced professionals out there. Find out about how they deal with the challenges in the field.

Tricks Of The Trade: Fire Door Tags

What's the easiest way to deal with missing fire door tags? How do we address it? Do we have to replace the door, or can we just replace the tag?

The HVAC Factor: Thinking “Inside The Box”

Even when HVAC/R systems are operated efficiently, there is always room for improvement. The following 10 suggestions may help.

Technology and FM: Integrating Security Systems

Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) connects facility resources into a common platform to deliver unified dashboards.

Renewable Energy: EV Infrastructure

As the adoption of plug-in electric vehicles slowly gains ground, some facility managers are installing charging stations for this mode of transportation.

Tricks Of The Trade: Roof Leaks

Do you have any recommendations for flashing this HVAC unit? Is a double curb the only way to approach this situation?

Professional Development: A Step Above The Rest

Facility professionals with strong leadership skills are increasingly in demand at healthcare and higher education institutions.

Tricks Of The Trade: Overhead Lighting Changes

Is there a common practice for changing light bulbs and ballasts located above cubicle office furniture? Many of our fixtures are above cubicles in such a way that “hanging” off of a ladder becomes a dangerous proposition.

Tricks Of The Trade: Fan Belts

How often do you recommend replacing the belts in roof fans? Additionally, how often should the ventilation system be cleaned?

The Facility Technologist: Video Beyond Borders

The use of this expanded format imagery in facilities is no longer confined to traditional monitors.

Tricks Of The Trade: Healthcare Housekeeping

Is there an industry standard for housekeepers and maintenance technicians per square foot of healthcare facilities?

Tricks Of The Trade: Evac Plans

Can you tell me what the general requirements or accepted practices are for locating evac plans?

Professional Development: Changing Face Of Facility Management

As the profession evolves, more higher education institutions offer formalized instruction.

Tricks Of The Trade: Demand Response

What is it like to participate in a demand response program? Should facility managers prepare for any unwanted challenges or surprises?

The HVAC Factor: Variable Refrigerant Flow

This heating and cooling strategy enables facility managers to implement tighter control on energy use and occupant comfort.

FM Frequency: Green Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

Any effort to increase sustainability is positive, unless it’s not. What defines sustainability for an organization depends on a variety of factors.

Renewable Energy: The Air We Breathe

The relationship between the chemical content of building materials and occupant health is gaining renewed attention. This installment of "Renewable Energy" shifts its focus from alternative power to conversations about "chemicals of concern."

Tricks Of The Trade: Career Advice In A Difficult Employment Climate

When the opportunity to transition from maintenance to management presents itself, what steps should a person take to be best prepared?

Tricks Of The Trade: Global Trends In Integrated Facilities Management

IFM is a very respected process; its practices and techniques should be learned fully. There is no short cut, and in most cases, an fm is simply passing through in the life of an organization; the person’s legacy is what is left behind for the next generation of career fm. So why isn't it widely practiced around the world?

Professional Development: Reactive, Preventive, Or Predictive

When maintenance “strategies” are unplanned, organizations can experience premature equipment failure, reduction in occupant satisfaction, and higher prices for repairs and equipment replacements.

Tricks Of The Trade: Vibration Analysis

Are there any existing studies that examine the issue of vibration analysis? I'm thinking about adopting a program and would appreciate input.

The Facility Technologist: Data Center Evolution

From “chicken coops” to cathedrals, today’s data centers come in new shapes and sizes.

Professional Development: Navigating Job Order Contracting

A tried and true procurement method gets a fresh look. This procurement method enables facility managers to complete numerous projects with one contract.

Tricks Of The Trade: Pond Marshes

How do facility management professionals address specific landscaping issues that deal with ponds and marshes?

The HVAC Factor: Energy Recovery Ventilation

By installing this type of equipment, facility managers can meet (or exceed) required outdoor air ventilation rates without increasing energy consumption.

FM Frequency: Handling A Delicate Subject

For facility management professionals, establishing a protocol for breastfeeding in the workplace presents its share of very practical challenges. An amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires workplaces to provide reasonable accommodations for nursing mothers.

Tricks Of The Trade: Data Management

Ideally, I would like to create a central deposit center to manage these systems with easy access. Do you know of a resource that would work with our many different operating systems (building and equipment) and compile this information in a central point for viewing and alarm conditions?

Tricks Of The Trade: Battery Operated Faucets

When making a decision regarding faucet selection for his facility, one manager struggles with battery life and maintenance questions. New "Tricks" Columnist Kevin Folsom helps out.

Renewable Energy: How Low Can You Go?

A net zero energy facility, or close to it, can be a reality for an increasing number of organizations. A recent report on the state of zero energy buildings explores the mainstream potential of this concept.

The Facility Technologist: Social Media And Facility Management

From fad to standard operating procedure, social media can be a facility manager's "BFF."

Professional Development: Leveraging The Aging Worker

Veterans and rookies bridge the gap between the experienced technician and the new recruit.

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