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Trends features take a detailed look at some of the significant product related news that will be shaping the selection process for facility managers in the future.

Policing Trends Reflected in New Stations and Police Academies

A surprising mix of technology, government reinvention, and enforcement methods are transforming today's police forces, according to Perkins+Will.

Furniture: A Second Life

Unwanted furniture does not need to go into a landfill.

Ceilings: Optimized Design

Ceilings are significant for both visual and acoustic comfort.

Furniture Trends: The Open Office Puzzle

The communal layout is a staple in many facility planners’ playbooks, but is it right for all scenarios?
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Lighting Trends: Quality Illumination

Achieving an ideal lighting scenario with LEDs calls for consideration of myriad characteristics.

HVAC Trends: Cooling Controls

Variable speed drives make chiller equipment more efficient. Enhancing internal controls increases this further.
Larry Schoen.

Indoor Air Quality Trends: Sustaining Healthy Air

HVAC systems and room air currents significantly impact transmission of airborne illness.
Best Buy achieved its goal to reduce energy use in its stores by 20%. (Photo: Best Buy)

Energy Management Trends: Stepping Up Energy Management

Across sectors, facility professionals find solutions through the Department of Energy's Better Buildings Challenge.
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Exterior Security Trends: The Long View

Protecting people and property requires a risk assessment and relevant strategies.
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Remanufactured Furniture Trends

Old can be as good as new, especially when pursuing sustainable certifications.
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Furniture Trends: Setting The Stage

Creating a workplace fit for today and the future requires insight from facility managers.
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Data Center Trends: Monitoring Data Centers

Paramount to their operation is keeping tabs on power supply.

HVAC Trends: Controls Conversion

For HVAC systems, moving from pneumatic to digital streamlines operations and maintenance.

2013 Trends Recap

A look at the topics covered over the past year provides a peek into what will be top of mind in 2014.

Roofing Trends: Limiting Overhead Risk

Trends in roofing continue to focus on safety and longevity.

Green Cleaning Trends: Cleaning With Electrolyzed Water

This chemical free process may help facilities further green maintenance goals. From the October 2013 issue.

Energy Management Trends: The Power Of Plugs

A growing share of facility energy use comes from plug loads. From the September 2013 issue.

Security Trends: Elevating Safeguards

Security tools broaden access control capabilities, with an eye on increased mobility. From the August 2013 issue.

Web Based FM Trends: The Internet Of Things

While not quite here yet, going “IP all the way” can reduce the complexity of building system networks. From the July 2013 issue.

Building Automation Trends: Building Automation Evolution

Myriad levels of interaction characterize the next generation of facility controls. From the June 2013 issue.
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Did You Miss Our “Building Analytics, Skilled Labor Shortages & Decarbonization” Webinar?

View this free video webinar to learn how fault detection and diagnostics (FDD) has become a critical part of the resilient facility team’s tech stack.
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View Our Free “Optimizing Operations In The Hybrid Office” Webinar

In this free video webinar, learn how optimizing operations in an office building has taken on newfound significance in the era of hybrid work.

[VIDEO] Capital Planning Advice for Facilities

Creating a sustainable and adaptable capital plan will take a coordinated effort among decision-makers and a tactical plan of attack. Learn more.