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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: Call Center Characteristics

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge goes through the basic requirements for call centers.

Tricks Of The Trade: Meeting Room Scheduling Signage

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge recommends a few solutions for creating customized signs from existing scheduling programs.

The Facility Technologist: Getting The Word Out

Columnist Tom Condon urges professionals to think through mass notification systems first. Can it be hosted in house? Who should be notified? Can the telco handle it?

Renewable Energy: In Pursuit Of Zero Energy Buildings

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory studied six buildings with different functions to discover what strategies might work best for many types of facilities.

BONUS Professional Development: Focus On Large Scale Lamp Recycling

In this final piece in the series, Columnist Krall looks at how recycling programs at large facilities can have big benefits.

Tricks Of The Trade: Building Information Modeling Under The Microscope

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge takes an in depth look at BIM.

Professional Development: Lamp Recycling Still Matters

Columnist Daniel Krall reveals how lamps in landfills carry financial, environmental, and public relations risks.

The HVAC Factor: Preventing Equipment Failure

A predictive maintenance program continuously monitors HVAC systems with the goal of avoiding costly breakdowns.

Renewable Energy: Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

This type of fuel cell has been found to be well suited to facility applications, and one California company has introduced a version that may expand the technology's market share.

Tricks Of The Trade: The Drawbacks Of “Free”

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge explains how "free" usually isn't such a bargain in the end.

Tricks Of The Trade: Energy Management For Churches

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge gives advice on finding energy management solutions for multi-purpose facilities

Professional Development: Commissioning No Longer Optional

Guest Columnist Paul Liesman provides the first part of a two part series on building commissioning.

The Facility Technologist: Free Your Mind

Columnist Tom Condon discusses how cloud computing technology helps facilitate disaster recovery.

Tricks Of The Trade: Remote Monitoring

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge explains options for remote monitoring.

Renewable Energy: Solar Thermal

Hot water heating is the leading application for this technology in buildings, but space heating and cooling are also viable uses.

Professional Development: Facility Upgrade And Retrofitting Strategies

Guest Contributor Ramin R. Cherafat looks at how expandability, flexibility, and phasing support projects.

The Facility Technologist: Solving Facility Management Challenges

Columnist Tom Condon examines how video analytics can help professionals resolve some of their biggest issues.

Tricks Of The Trade: Putting A Sock In It!

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge reviews the pitfalls of D-I-Y dryer filtration techniques.

Tricks Of The Trade: Property Manager Or Facility Manager

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge walks professionals through the distinctions that define these two very different management functions.

Professional Development: Design Build Revisited

Guest Contributor Vince Duobinis explains why this old concept receives renewed interest.

The HVAC Factor: The Mounting Case For MCPs

Modular Central Plants (MCPs) could pay off in four markets that are poised for growth.

Renewable Energy: Biomass

Using wood chips and other plant materials as fuel can meet heating (and some cooling) needs in suitable facility scenarios.

The Facility Technologist: Command Centers In Facilities

Columnist Tom Condon explains how these high-tech spaces are becoming an essential part of today

Professional Development: Being “Chemically Careful” In The Restroom

Guest Contributor Roger McFadden illustrates how safety is critical in establishing a best in class operation.

Tricks Of The Trade: Who Is Responsible For Code Violations?

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge unravels the riddle of code violation accountability.

Professional Development: BIM Adds To Construction Projects

Guest Contributor William Zollinger explains how data rich and

The HVAC Factor: Water Treatment Services

Selecting a provider for cooling tower and related equipment operations should be based on the facility

Tricks Of The Trade: Facilities And Design

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge explains the importance of the facilities management team and its role in the design process.

Tricks Of The Trade: Continuing Education

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge offers advice to those with healthcare/design experience who are interested in facilities management.

Renewable Energy: Fuel Cells For Facilities

Power systems using this technology can drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions related to energy use.

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