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In-Depth Articles

These feature stories include coverage of the issues faced by facility managers, case studies from the facility manager's perspective, and special reports.

In-Depth Articles

Technology Trends: The Mechanics Behind The Magic

Technology Trends: The Mechanics Behind The Magic

All the way from Snow White

FM Issue: Backup Power Design

How these systems are configured depends on what level of defense against an outage is desired.

Project Management Trends: More Than Simply Technology

New building modeling software borrows from gaming technology to produce spectacular presentations.

FM Issue: An Early Look

Building automation is coming soon to a smart grid near you.

Services & Maintenance: Tapping A Sustainable Resource

Office furniture dealers can provide firsthand information on options for secondhand furnishings.

Services & Maintenance: Choosing An Acoustic Ceiling

Appearance, safety, and maintenance issues all come into play.

Furniture Trends: On The Level

The commercial furniture industry, its customers, and relevant stakeholders have taken a proactive position in developing a common, consensus based set of metrics to help define the sustainable aspects of furniture.

FM Issue: Ergonomics Regulations On The Way?

William Principe looks at potential major changes to OSHA

Services & Maintenance: Hot Commodity

Regular evaluation of fire protection equipment will help facility managers to plan future upgrades.

Green Design Trends: The New Green Standard

ASHRAE releases Standard 189.1 for high performance green buildings.

Services & Maintenance: Energy Audits

With this tool, the path to increased efficiency can be made smoother by capturing utility incentives.

Disease Prevention Trends: Disease Prevention In The Workplace

These guidelines should help facility professionals stay one step ahead of flu incidents.

FM Issue: Defusing Workplace Threats

Security expert Steve Layne admits that unpredictable events happen, but he explains there are ways to anticipate

Roofing Trends: Protective Planning

Installing auxiliary roofing functions, such as support for energy producing equipment, requires forethought.

Services & Maintenance: Handling Hazardous Waste

While used for all types of materials, co-processing is one option for items that require special treatment.

FM Issue: Airing It All Out

The relentless demands of technology have created workplace conditions that can literally be sweating for employees. Filled with monitors, servers, and other heat producing technology, these cluster computing environments—particularly in manned situations like trading floors, emergency command and control centers, broadcast studios, and industrial control terminals—must comply with design requirements and ASHRAE standards that govern both human comfort and equipment cooling.

FM Issue: Manage The Challenge

Two experts from the Disaster Emergency Response Association (DERA) address the keys to maintaining effective emergency preparedness and continuity plans.

Services & Maintenance: The Green Standard

With CIMS-GB, facility managers can evaluate cleaning services for impact on environmental sustainability and occupant health.

Services & Maintenance: Low Slope Roofs And Energy Efficiency

From targeted repairs to substantial replacements, the condition of a facility's "cover" can improve the bottom line.

Services & Maintenance Bonus Article: Roof Care In A Campus Environment

Facility managers can implement a 10 factor, 10 point scale to allocate maintenance dollars.

IAQ Trends: Clearing The [Indoor] Air On Improving IAQ

A new guide from some of the top experts can help solve one of the most troublesome facility issues.

FM Issue: Life Cycle Cost Analysis: An Asset Management Strategy

Facility professionals would do well to continue managing their buildings with an eye toward ensuring they are leveraging every aspect in a manner that contributes to the business.

Services & Maintenance: Gaining From Guard Services

Contributor Carlos Barbosa discusses key factors that should be taken into account when evaluating potential security vendors.

Services & Maintenance: Meeting Needs

Contributor Patrick Britton writes on how facility managers can use available technology to manage and maintain conference rooms.

FM Issue: Energy Management 2.0

Public/private collaboration aims to expedite technology development.

Services & Maintenance: Lighting The Way From Good To Great

Contributor Howard P. Lewis writes on how strategic retrofits and maintenance practices serve facilities departments and occupants alike.

Security Trends: Security In Progress

Despite lax efforts in some corners, ASIS International has set an ambitious agenda in security standards and guidelines development.

FM Issue: Vegging Out

Vegetative roofing systems (aka green roofs) are gaining popularity for many reasons.

Services & Maintenance: Bird Management 101

Contributor Eric Arnold identifies the best strategies for facility managers looking to create proper bird deterrence programs.

FM Issue: Demystifying BIM

Data rich modeling tools may translate into dynamic new facility management capabilities.

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