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Facility Executive | February 2019 Issue

February 2019 Facility Executive

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Volume 32, Number 1

Tech And FM: Drones And Facility Management | Developments in drone technology are expanding capabilities.

The HVAC Factor: Improving Long-term HVAC Performance | The cumulative impact of operational tweaks helped an office building recertify LEED and boost its ENERGY STAR score.

Facility Retrofit: Fortifying Against Water, Energy Waste | A community college in northern Ohio eradicated a moisture intrusion problem with an innovative cladding solution.

The Invisible Failure Of Facility Security Programs | The tactical elements of physical security programs often garner the most attention, at the expense of strategic factors.

Facility Executive Of The Year 2019 | Richie Stever, director of operations and maintenance for the University of Maryland Medical Center, has initiated strategic and tactical programs to help propel his organization forward.

Energy Efficient Recladding | Facilities can go back to the future with energy efficient building envelope improvements.

2019 Readers’ Choice Awards | In this annual survey, Facility Executive readers cast their votes for preferred product and service suppliers in 2018.

Impact Occupant Behavior To Increase Recycling Rates | Encouraging and easing this waste management effort is incumbent on facilities teams.

Making The Move, From Paper To Digital | Converting building information assets to a digital document management system pay dividends for facilities.

Renewable Energy: Moving Buildings Toward Clean Energy | Technologies that work in tandem with clean energy systems aid facility executives in reaching sustainability goals.

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Facility Executive | December 2018 Issue

December 2018 issue

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Volume 31, Number 6

The HVAC Factor: Breakthroughs In Boiler Technology | Several innovations impact equipment design and performance.

Tech And FM: Synergistic Buildings And IOT | Data from a single facility system may offer information, while data from multiple systems can lead to profound insight.

Professional Development: Passing The Facility Leadership Torch | When a longtime leader is poised to depart, consider having the new hire shadow this predecessor.

Restoration Options Before Roof Replacement | Examine this facility asset to intervene with repairs or install new.

FM Solutions 2019 | As the new year approaches, these featured products are poised to further facility management goals.

Resilience In HVAC Design | A California community college installed flexible cooling and heating to adapt to the state’s changing energy landscape.

Mapping Energy Management | Adhere to a process when energy efficiency choices abound.

Fighting False Fire Alarms In Facilities | More than an annoyance, false and nuisance alarms can pose dangers to building occupants.

A Texas-sized Facility Assessment | The Lone Star State’s department of transportation needed a long-term plan created by a fast tracked process.

Status Check For Green Restrooms | Tap into plumbing advancements for water conservation.

Renewable Energy: Ease The Challenge Of Navigating Energy Policy | Keep these four ideas in mind when taking the next step in a corporate clean energy strategy.

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Facility Executive | October 2018 Issue

October 2018 Issue

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Volume 31, Number 5

Professional Development: Leveraging Data For Workplace Design Decisions | Discover employee wants using data feedback, and take action.

Tech And FM: Tracking Occupancy For Space Planning | When using sensor technology, be transparent and share findings.

The HVAC Factor: Applying Insulation To HVAC Equipment | Improve energy efficiency and safety with insulation blankets.

What To Do With That Old Furniture | Reuse, recycle, repurpose… no need to dispose of furnishings in landfill. Plus, remanufacturing is another option to explore.

Lighting Controls Have Room To Grow | DesignLights Consortium report on networked lighting controls highlights opportunities with this technology.

Facility Executive Magazine Turns 30 | Since 1988, this magazine has evolved with the facilities profession.

Building Envelope Renovations Enhance Sustainability | Elements of the envelope significantly impact building life cycle.

Moving Up To LEED Gold Certification | The Richard J. Daley Center in Chicago recalibrated its operations through the new LEED v4.1 performance path.

Aiming For Zero Energy In Existing Buildings | Facility management is on the front lines of this burgeoning trend.

Guidance on Anti-Terrorism Security | The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and National Institute of Building Sciences offer resources related to the SAFETY Act.

Expanding On Mass Notification | Integration capabilities provide for more effective communication.

Site Planning And Stormwater | Consider site water management early in a building project.

If A Tree Falls… Environmental Acoustics | From innocuous to obnoxious, outside sounds abound.

Landscape Trends: Turf Magazine Preview | Relaunching in 2019, Turf magazine covers strategies for landscape design, snow and ice management, utility vehicles, and more.

Renewable Energy: Commissioning Solar PV Systems | Here are six reasons to order commissioning as part of a photovoltaic installation.

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Facility Executive | August 2018 Issue

August 2018 Issue

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Volume 31, Number 4

Professional Development: Keep Moving Forward | In the multi-faceted field of facilities, never stop learning.

Tech And FM: Securing Your Security Systems | Aim to prevent hackers from penetrating physical security devices.

The HVAC Factor: Looking For HVAC Zone Control? | Variable refrigerant flow technology may meet your facility’s needs.

Watch For Roofing Risks | Ensure the safety of those performing maintenance on rooftops.

Bringing Biometrics Into Facility Security | Before adopting this technology, look at three key areas that foster successful implementation.

Video Plus Audio Equals Enhanced Security | Extend reach and response by combining these security tools.

Strategies For School Security | Plan and act with intent and purpose to combat potential threats.

Technology In Restroom Maintenance | Data driven upkeep helps to reduce facility costs and complaints.

Sooner Or Later: Electrical System Failures | Be proactive with maintenance, rather than “run it till it fails.”

The More You Know About Bird Control… | When facility conditions attract pest birds, research and remediate.

Bright ideas In Lighting | A facility-wide retrofit focused on making a multi-family property more energy efficient and safe.

Hospitality, California Style | On the UCLA campus, the Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center inspires collaboration and innovation.

Snow And Ice Management For Facility Grounds | Improved communication between facility and service provider supports best practices.

Renewable Energy: Maximize Clean Energy Progress | Buildings are active players in the pursuit of energy efficiency goals.

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Facility Executive | June 2018 Issue

June 2018 Issue

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Volume 31, Number 3

Professional Development: Embarking On A Facility Management Career | It’s an exciting time to be in facility management.

Tech And FM: WiFi And 5G Wireless Networks | Improving wireless infrastructure with predictive modeling.

The HVAC Factor: Eight Lessons On Legionella Prevention Policy | State officials may hold the keys to limiting Legionnaires’ Disease.

Six Tips For A Green Cleaning Program | Pay attention to products and processes for optimal outcomes.

The Productivity Problem In Office Design | Surveying a quarter million office workers sheds some light.

Existing Furniture In New Spaces | Repurposing furniture in a workplace redesign provides options.

Taking A Break | Breakrooms are central to many workplaces, and attention to their design matters.

Hidden Threats To Facility Operations | Technology tools improve operations during routine times, and in emergencies. Plus, check insurance coverage for natural disasters.

Energy Improvements Across The Board | With partners from public and private sectors, the U.S. DOE Better Buildings Challenge spurs innovation and collaboration.

Preserving The Past, Caring For The Future | At Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation’s first, steady facility upgrades help to steer 21st century operations.

Cleaning In Long-Term Care Facilities | Ensure a healthy environment for occupants and staff.

5D Bim For Capital Planning | Integrate five dimensions to improve construction projects.

Protecting Facilities Against The Elements | Shield the building envelope with routine maintenance.

Parking Enforcement Is Good Customer Service | Employ strategies to transform interaction with parking users. Plus, employee shuttles have much to offer.

Natural Light For Workplace Design | Cultivating a healthy indoor environment can begin outside.

Renewable Energy: Wind Energy Gains Speed Across U.S. | American Wind Energy Association reveals strides made with wind power in 2017.

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Facility Executive | April 2018 Issue

April 2018 issue

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Volume 31, Number 2

Professional Development: Five Leadership Lessons For My Younger Self | What makes an effective leader, and how can facility executives share their experiences?

Tech And FM: Unified Building Management Systems | Linking building automation with other systems broadens response capabilities.

The HVAC Factor: Optimizing HVAC Systems | The first step to overall improvement is to identify challenges.

Campus Recycles Wastewater | At Emory University in Atlanta, GA, recycling wastewater on-site supplies about one-third of water needs on campus.

Tips For Maintaining Restrooms | Effective practices range from the tried-and-true to high-tech tools.

Beyond Traditional Fire Detection | Surveillance cameras and analytics detect smoke and flames in some facilities today. Plus, electronic sprinklers work together.

Exterior Lighting Retrofits | Consider site and operations requirements when choosing the best equipment for outdoor lighting projects.

Seeing The Way To A Well-Lit Exterior | Avoid unwanted glare from lighting for security and comfort.

Accessibility In Facility Renovations | When changing a building, ADA compliance is often crucial.

Building Shelter From The Storm | In Moore, OK, the school district is building rooms to withstand a tornado.

Four Data Center Trends To Watch In 2018 | Hybrids, edge computing, disaster planning, and GDPR are on the minds of those who plan and operate data center facilities.

Low-Key Flooring | Minimizing maintenance helps maximize occupant satisfaction.

Renewable Energy: Maximizing Roof Space For Solar PV | An alternative to skylights is to install tubular daylighting devices.

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Facility Executive | February 2018 Issue

February 2018 issue

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Volume 31, Number 1

Professional Development: Taking Your FM Career To The Next Level | Parlay tactical and other skillsets into strategic success.

Tech And FM: Ambient Intelligence For Buildings | Emerging technologies are impacting facility management in numerous, and often subtle, ways.

The HVAC Factor: Short On HVAC Staff? Turn To Tech | Keeping equipment up and running is eased by employing available technology tools.

Facility Retrofit: Improved Space, Reduced Footprint | In eastern Pennsylvania, a business process outsourcer made a move and revamped its employee workspaces.

Facility Executive Of The Year 2018 | Kirk Beaudoin, senior facilities manager for adidas, formalized the facility management of the company’s retail stores across the U.S.

2018 Readers’ Choice Awards | In this annual survey of Facility Executive readers, votes were cast for product and service suppliers preferred during 2017.

Call To Reduce Waste Is Renewed | As China suspends its acceptance of foreign waste, how might waste management at facilities be impacted?

Building Envelope, Beyond Aesthetics | The functionality of windows, walls, and doors need not be sacrificed for a grand facade.

Roofing For The Ages, And The Elements | Sun, water, wind, hail… weather takes a toll on roof assemblies.

Choosing An Access Control System | This security component is crucial for facilities, large or small.

WE•Stand For Safe, Reliable Water | A new ANSI standard focused on efficiency of plumbing systems was published in late 2017.

Document Management: A Primer | Technology tools to store, track, and retrieve facility records save time and effort.

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Facility Executive | December 2017 Issue

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Volume 30, Number 6

Professional Development: Many Paths To Facility Management? | In 2018, the profession will be recognized for the first time with its own Standard Occupational Classification Code.

Facility Retrofit: Restroom Dryers Dispatched | In New York City’s Grand Central Terminal, renovations included hand dryers replacing paper towels.

The HVAC Factor: Repair vs Replace HVAC Equipment? | A framework of four evaluation points helps to determine best route.

Tech and FM: The Future Of Facilities Is Digital | Technological advances are changing the way facility executives imagine, plan, develop, use, and manage facilities.

FM Solutions 2018 | As the new year approaches, these featured products and services are poised to further facility management goals..

Navigating NFPA 70E 2018 Revisions | This standard for electrical safety increases emphasis on protocols for service workers in the facility to follow.

Inside HVAC Systems | Operational strategies for improved energy efficiency, as well as occupant comfort and health, continue to evolve.

When Building Controls Veer Off Course | In building automation projects, the delivery process often yields inefficient results. Why might this happen?

Comprehensive Floor Care Strategies | Appearance and safety can be considered together when planning a maintenance program.

Mass Notification: 5 Factors To Consider | For emergency events and routine alerts, evaluate this communication tool against this checklist.

Renewable Energy: Sustainability Through Performance Contracting | This financing mechanism is useful to facility executives who want to implement on-site clean energy systems.

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Facility Executive | October 2017 Issue

October 2017 Issue

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Volume 30, Number 5

Tech And FM: Emerging Technologies In FM And Real Estate | With 2018 around the corner, examine the potential for artificial intelligence, cryptocurrency, and more.

The HVAC Factor: Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation Improves IAQ | At Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), adding UVGI fixtures in air handlers across the facility has been a breath of fresh air.

Five Steps To Greener Groundskeeping | Modifying existing assets and maintenance practices can go a long way toward more sustainable landscapes.

Strength In Daylighting | Recent improvements in skylight materials are delivering benefits beyond energy savings and occupant well-being.

Evaluating Lighting Controls Options | To choose the ideal level of automation, facility decision-makers should reflect on daily and long-term facility demands.

In Pursuit of “Lead-Free” Plumbing Systems | In navigating this path, recognize potential contamination sources, as well as relevant laws, regulations, and standards.

The Show Will Go On | In Little Rock, AR, Robinson Center earns LEED Gold for renovation and expansion of its performing arts facility and conference center.

Planning Facility Signage | Establish wayfinding standards to improve visitor and staff experiences, now and in the future.

Business Practice Optimization For Facility Management | To align with the core business of the organization, consider three keys—envision, enable,and evolve.

Greening The Roof | With stormwater runoff a growing concern, crowning a building with vegetation is a promising remedy.

Renewable Energy: Corporate Purchasing Programs | How might utilities’ voluntary renewable energy programs serve participating customers, as well as buyers outside those groups?

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Facility Executive | August 2017 Issue

August 2017 Issue

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Volume 30, Number 4

Facility Retrofit: Toward Energy Goals | Part of a portfolio-wide effort, Loews Vanderbilt Hotel in Nashville, TN has reduced energy use by more than 20% since 2015.

Tech And FM: Virtual Threats That Are All Too Real | Cyber attacks are increasing in frequency and complexity, and the responsibility to combat these is shared by all stakeholders.

The HVAC Factor: Concerned With Poor IAQ? | Occupant health and energy efficiency both benefit from practices that improve a building’s indoor air quality.

Effective Fire Sprinkler Pipe Inspections | Visual evaluation of these life safety components reveals only a partial picture of the facility’s readiness in case of emergency.

Restroom Management Meets The Modern Age | Advancements in technology help facility managers curtail complaints about missing supplies and unwelcome odors.

The Invisible Failure Of Facility Security Programs | To be truly effective, the framework must include both tactical and strategic components.

Security: The Eyes Have It | Video surveillance systems have undergone rapid technological developments in recent years.

Back In Fashion | Reopened in 2016, The Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC features an upscale design blended with its storied past.

Protecting Roofs From Severe Weather | When extreme conditions are on the way, a preventive maintenance plan pays off for facilities. Plus, maintaining geographically dispersed roofs may benefit from a centralized approach.

Time For Birds To Leave The Nest | As pest birds become more comfortable at a facility, it is increasingly difficult to expel them from the property.

Renewable Energy: Net Zero Energy For Buildings | Prices are coming down for the technologies that play a part in this clean energy goal.

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Facility Executive | June 2017 Issue

June 2017 Issue

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Volume 30, Number 3

Tech And FM: Ready, Set, Collaborate | Support conferencing capabilities, now and for the future, with four simple steps.

The HVAC Factor: Reduce Energy Use, And Save Water | Recognize the water energy nexus by optimizing HVAC systems.

Cleaning To Safeguard Health | Evaluate how procedures impact maintenance staff and occupants. Plus, take indoor air quality into account to boost cleaning efforts.

Workplace Design To Support Work | Facility management plays a significant role in office productivity, and there are three important aspects to examine.

Maintaining Sustainable Carpet | Maximize the life of these interior elements with specific processes.

Who Is In The Facility? | Keeping track of facility occupants with security systems doesn’t stop at the front door.

Safety Net Hospital Strengthens Services | Erlanger Health System in Chattanooga, TN expanded its facilities to serve the growing community. Plus, in a shifting landscape healthcare facility managers can succeed by going “back to basics.”

Serve Up Sound Quality In Senior Living | Acoustic design is an important concern in facilities that house populations that may be hard of hearing.

A Deeper Shade Of Green | To get the most from energy initiatives, employee engagement is a significant piece of the puzzle.

Improving Building Projects | Three tools can help facility executives improve their construction project outcomes.

Renewable Energy: Creating “Better Buildings” With Solar Energy | The Better Buildings Initiative, administered by the U.S. Department of Energy, shares several partner projects.

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Facility Executive | April 2017 Issue

April 2017 issue

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Volume 30, Number 2

Facility Retrofit: Multi-Site Exterior Lighting | An initiative introduced in 2015 is paying off for Kimco Realty at its retail facilities.

Tech And FM: Recapturing The Value Of IWMS | The benefits of integrated work management systems may be elusive if not revisited periodically.

The HVAC Factor: Derive Savings From Demand Control Ventilation | This energy conservation measure helps to ensure appropriate fresh air for occupants, while reducing energy costs.

Sprinklers, Standpipes, And Pumps | Maintaining water-based fire protection equipment is outlined in the NFPA 25 Standard.

Lighting Efficiency Changes On Horizon | The revised ANSI/ASHRAE/IES 90.1 Standard has been updated to be more user-friendly, while addressing evolution in lighting.

Task Tuning In Commercial Buildings: A Field Study | Researchers tested this lighting control strategy in multiple settings.

Beyond The Task of Illumination | Office lighting has been found to impact employee health and wellness, and considering circadian rhythm is a key.

International Water Stewardship Standard In Use | The Alliance For Water Stewardship is implementing its own comprehensive standard at its facility in Milwaukee, WI.

School District Finds Continuous Improvement | The chief facilities manager for the city of Manchester, NH tackled deferred maintenance, energy use, and staff training. Plus, what can higher education gain from public-private partnerships?

Restroom Fixtures and Water Savings | These water-centric facility items hold potential for reducing use.

Data Center Optimization | A federal data center mandate features directives useful to all sectors.

Renewable Energy: Operating Coal-Free By 2025 | The University of Iowa is powering ahead with its goal to employ biomass and other renewable energy sources.

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Facility Executive | February 2017 Issue

January / February 2017

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Volume 30, Number 1

Facility Retrofit: School District Tracks Space Use | In Beaverton, OR, frequent after-hours facility events called for a more efficient scheduling tool.

Tech And FM: Planning For Wireless Infrastructure | When boosting in-building cellular, the facility structure is key.

The HVAC Factor: Refrigerants With Low Global Warming Potential | Current research evaluates the next generation of alternatives.

Facility Executive Of The Year 2017 | Fred Reddig, Director of Facilities for the NFL’s Detroit Lions, hit the ground running to improve sustainability at the team’s Ford Field.

2017 Readers’ Choice Awards | In this annual survey of Facility Executive readers, votes were cast for product and service suppliers preferred during 2016.

Setting Waste Management Goals | Facilities utilize new ENERGY STAR Portfolio feature to track refuse.

Maximizing The Building Envelope | Tapping a consultant focused on this facility element can pay off.

Preventive Maintenance For Roofing And Exteriors | Common issues and tested solutions benefit facility executives.

Insulation: Mineral Wool Or Polyiso? | Compare the features of each of these materials for the best fit.

Developing Emergency Preparedness Plans | Ensure a robust response with proper evaluation and practice.

The Open Office: What’s Working and What’s Not? | If this interiors concept is here to stay, how can it be deployed?

Choose Flooring Wisely | Evolving offerings help to identify best fit for facility conditions.

Renewable Energy: Bring In The Sun With Daylighting | Capitalizing on natural illumination reduces energy bills and impact on the environment.

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Facility Executive | November / December 2016 Issue

November / December 2016

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Volume 29, Number 6

THE HVAC Factor: Chiller Data | Quick access to equipment conditions leads to proactive operation and maintenance.

Professional Development: Bridging The Facilities Talent Gap | Technology tools like facility management software helps capture the knowledge of those exiting the profession.

Visibility Into Energy Consumption | To improve insight into energy use, California tech firm Nimble Storage installed an energy management analytics platform.

Sustainable Restroom Operations | Consistently in use, this area of facilities provides an opportunity to conserve resources while also fostering occupant health.

SOLUTIONS 2017: Advancements in Products & Services | With the new year on deck, these debut offerings are poised to help facility executives meet their goals in 2017 and beyond.

Exterior Metal Walls: Moisture & Thermal Management | Metal is an effective protective building skin when each element of the assembly is correctly specified and installed.

Investigating Moisture Intrusion | Preventive roofing maintenance helps to identify and address any chinks in the armor that is the building envelope.

Smart Buildings Get Smarter | Benefits of Internet of Things technology abound, but the roadmap differs for each facility executive. Plus, Creating An Internet of (Trusted) Things

Simplify With Networked Lighting Controls | Lighting controls might seem to add complexity to facility infrastructure, but the capabilities streamline daily operations. Plus, Beyond Energy Savings: Disruptive Technologies In Lighting.

Integrated Ceiling Systems | Maximize this facility interiors element with a design approach that combines multiple systems in that plane.

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Facility Executive | September / October 2016 Issue

September / October 2016

Facility Executive: September / October 2016

Volume 29, Number 5

September / October 2016

Tech And FM: Space Planning Strategies | Collecting the “right” data is paramount to effective decision-making, and “Standards as a Service” could be the next step.

Facility Retrofit: Sealing HVAC Ducts | To minimize construction disruption, the Los Angeles Unified School District piloted an alternative to total duct replacement.

Components Of Green Cleaning | Here’s a look at the evolution of this practice. Plus, what’s the difference between various terms describing on-site generation of cleaning solutions?

15 Steps To Centralize Facility Management | The City of Tallahassee, FL is in the process of bringing together 500 facilities across 160 sites.

Water Conservation, In And Around Facilities | There are myriad ways to reduce consumption of this resource. Plus, be aware of stormwater regulations to avoid enforcement.

Surpassing The Mark | In Marlborough, MA, pharmaceutical giant Boston Scientific pursued LEED Silver certification and discovered “Gold” in the process.

Can Security Technology Replace Guard Force? | Striking an effective balance of the latest tools and personnel can deliver cost savings, without sacrificing safety.

Toward High Performance Facilities | In assessing sustainability goals for 2017, this overview of five green building programs provides recent updates.

Space Heating In High Bay Facilities | The U.S. Department of Energy took a look at the efficiency performance of high temperature heating and ventilation technology.

Renewable Energy: On-Site Energy Storage | Advances in systems that support this approach hold promise for facilities to utilize this sustainability strategy.

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Facility Executive | July / August 2016 Issue

Facility Executive | July / August 2016 Issue

Facility Executive: July / August 2016

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The HVAC Factor: Sound Attenuation For Exposed Ductwork | Noise from vibrations reverberating through facility ducts can reach disturbing levels without proper mitigation.

Facility Retrofit: Keeping Cool With Lower Energy Costs | At a central Florida library, peak demand charges are down with the installation of thermal energy storage tanks.

Services & Maintenance: Key Pest Control Concerns For Facilities | Identify the conditions and areas to which insects and rodents may be attracted to prevent infestations. Plus, what are 10 strategies to keep away pest birds?

Trends – Site Security: Background Checks | The vetting process for contract and temporary workers may represent a “hole” in a facility’s security safety net.

Trends Bonus Article: Cyber Security For Buildings | A recent survey gauges the role of facility managers when it comes to protecting building systems from a cyber attack.

FM Issue: Power Protection For IoT Connection | Facilities depending on Internet of Things technology need to assess backup power strategies to ensure data is retained in the event of an outage.

FM Issue Bonus: Powering The Evolving Facility | Delivering an infrastructure to support current and future operational needs calls for a holistic approach.

Hotel Case Study: A Vision By The Sea | On a former manufacturing site in Gloucester, MA, the Beauport Hotel graces the beach in this seaport town. Plus, one way to please guests is with restroom technology that keeps them stocked.

Lighting Maintenance Bonus Feature: LED Lighting Retrofits | There are varying approaches to replacing current lighting with LEDs, and examining the options will help ensure success.

Green Roofing Feature: Roofing Maintenance, Dollars and Sense | A corrective, proactive approach delivers value, longer life, and energy benefits.

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Facility Executive | May / June 2016 Issue

May / June 2016 Issue

Facility Executive: May / June 2016

Volume 29, Number 3May / June 2016 Issue

Tech And FM: Predictive Analytics For “Low-Tech” Facilities | Lacking high-tech equipment, sensors, or software does not mean facility management executives cannot take action from their data.

Facility Retrofit: Visibility In Multi-Site Maintenance | At Denver, CO based CorePower Yoga, a service automation system has improved retail site management.

Windows: Preventing Condensation | More than simply a nuisance, moisture buildup impacts occupant comfort and facility integrity.

Keeping Up With Fire And Life Safety Codes | While design and construction teams are initially responsible, the facility management team ensures continued compliance.

Workplace Design: Four Trends | Physical environment significantly impacts employees and organizations overall, and facilities leaders are on the front lines.

Opportunity For Innovation | In Wexford, PA, a new outpatient facility provides Allegheny Health Network customers with a wide spectrum of services.

Healthcare Waiting Room Design | Whether in a hospital, medical office building, or urgent care center, these spaces aim to provide comfort and convenience.

Equipment Leasing And FASB Changes | Approval of a new lease accounting standard from the Financial Accounting Standards Board means facilities can prepare to adopt it.

Key Survey Findings: Campus Facility Management | Results of a survey of Facility Executive readers reveals customer service, staffing, and other high priorities.

Renewable Energy: Financing Geothermal HVAC | Partnering with utilities and third parties provides options to facilitate investment into these systems.

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Facility Executive | March / April 2016 Issue

March / April 2016

Facility Executive: March / April 2016

March / April 2016Volume 29, Number 2

Professional Development: Incremental Outsourcing | Many organizations have fully developed solutions, while others employ services on a smaller scale.

The HVAC Factor: New Life For An Aging Chiller Plant | Renovating a century old government facility retained its historic character while providing maintenance staff improved access.

Facility Retrofit: Zero Waste Manufacturing | At Diamond Packaging in Rochester, NY, converting trash to energy is one strategy in having achieved a closed loop.

Choosing Carpet and Flooring That Meets Demand | Procurement standards help to direct selection and installation for facilities.

Physical Security Planning | A common sense approach to facility protection includes identifying the aim and ensuring staff members are trained.

Lighting Takes Center Stage | A confluence of factors holds promise for this building system to be a hub of facility operations.

Best Practices For Data Center Management | On-site surveys of 40 facilities reveal four areas ripe for energy efficiency improvement.

Wellness In Action | The core mission of the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University is reflected in its new facility.

Water Systems Strategies | While there are a multitude of options to reduce consumption, the right approach for each facility varies.

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Facility Executive | January / February 2016 Issue

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Facility Executive: January / February 2016

Facility Executive January / February 2016 IssueVolume 29, Number 1

Tech And FM: Cyber Security In Real Estate | Facility executives should note several risks, remedies, and misconceptions about cyber risk to building systems.

Assessing Cleaning Performance | With occupant satisfaction in mind, key performance indicators for quality maintenance include appearance and health.

Facility Executive of the Year 2016 | In Hamilton County, OH, Ralph W. Linne, director of county facilities, tames management tasks with technology and shapes a long-term energy plan.

2016 Readers’ Choice Awards | In this annual survey, readers cast their votes for the suppliers they preferred in 2015.

Analyzing Payback Of Roofing Insulation | Model energy codes are calling for higher R-values in commercial building envelopes. Plus, have you heard of induction welding?

Retrocommissioning HVAC | Deferred maintenance directly affects the physical condition of a facility which has a significant impact on the asset value.

Renewable Energy: Partnership To Renew Higher Ed | Higher ed’s AASHE launches energy initiative for campuses—purchase one gigawatt of renewables by 2020.

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Fastening Systems For Single Ply Roofing

Fastening Systems For Single Ply Roofing
Fastening Systems For Single Ply Roofing
With the induction system, fasteners and plates are installed in a grid pattern. This helps distribute the wind load and enables higher wind performance ratings with fewer fasteners. (Images: OMG Roofing Products)

By Chris Mader
From the January/February 2016 Issue

Today’s facility managers have essentially three options when it comes to installing a new single-ply roofing system. The roofing system can be fully adhered, fully ballasted or mechanically attached. Each has pros and cons. White thermoplastic materials represent the highest percentage of new commercial roofs being installed in North America today, and the vast majority of thermoplastic materials are installed using mechanical attachment methods. These single-ply systems include polyvinyl chloride (PVC), thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO), as well as black rubber (EPDM). The material is typically provided in rolls 10′ wide by 100′ long. In a mechanically attached thermoplastic system, the membrane is rolled out over the insulation then fastened with screws and plates along the edge. The next roll overlaps the fasteners and the seam is fused using hot air (900°F+) to create a bond that can be stronger than the membrane itself.

Fully adhered. In a fully adhered system, the membrane is bonded or glued to the substrate. Typically in these assemblies a layer of insulation is mechanically fastened to the structural deck, however, it can also be glued, depending on the deck type. Frequently there are several layers of insulation in the assembly all glued together before the waterproofing cover is adhered to the top level of insulation or cover board. Ironically, fully adhered systems often require more fasteners per 4’x8′ insulation board than mechanically attached systems, and are also dependent on the installation temperature and may be impacted by the humidity levels as well.

Ballasted. By contrast, ballasted systems use stone or paver materials to hold the roofing membrane in place. The roof cover is loose laid over the insulation, which is either mechanically fastened or loose laid in place, and then ballast is installed on top. Historically, ballasted roofs represent the least expensive option. The biggest challenges with these roofs are preventing ballast from scouring during periods of high wind, ensuring that the building can handle the dead load weight of the ballast, and difficulty finding leaks after the fact.

Mechanically attached. The majority of the single-ply materials are mechanically fastened to the structural roof deck using screws and “plates” or oversized washers designed for the application. While the majority of new roof decks in North America are steel, there are many other deck types, including gypsum, concrete and wood, which can all accept mechanically fastened roof systems.

Induction Welding. Rather than relying exclusively on in-seam fastening techniques for mechanically attached thermoplastic membranes, many facilities have had their contractors employ an alternative technology, induction welding. The system, called RhinoBond, is a non-penetrating option for installing TPO and PVC membranes, which spreads the wind load more evenly across the roof deck. Based on microprocessor-controlled induction welding technology, the system significantly limits roof flutter, regardless of membrane width, and reduces the load per installed fastener.

Oversimplified, this technology—accepted by all major roofing system manufacturers—is used to heat a specific metal target through a non-metallic material. In this case, the “target” is a metal plate, coated with a heat-activated adhesive, installed under the TPO or PVC roofing membrane. This process creates a strong bond between the bottom side of the roofing membrane and the coated plate, without penetrating the membrane. In static testing, these bonds have demonstrated the ability to resist more than 500 pounds of force.

Most mechanically attached roofing assemblies are designed around in-seam fastening patterns and are based on a specific wind loads (i.e., Factory Mutual [FM] 1-90). In traditional mechanically attached systems, insulation is secured to roof deck using a specified number of fasteners and insulation plates per square. A second set of fasteners and seam plates or a batten bar is installed through the membrane in the lap or seam, and protected by an overlapping heat-welded seam that eliminates potential entry points for moisture.

With the induction system (see photo above), only one fastener and plate is used to secure both the insulation and the membrane to the deck. As such, the number of required fasteners is reduced by up to 50% depending on the specific wind requirements. Since the grid pattern distributes the wind load more evenly, the system can achieve higher wind performance ratings with fewer fasteners, while complying with the steel deck stress limitations of FM 4470.

For facilities and light manufacturing plants with standing seam metal roofs, the induction system eliminates many issues that roofing contractors find difficult with these types of projects. “I think we came in a couple of hundred thousand dollars less than if we had gone with a metal roof,” says Brent Howell, facility manager for Salmon Bay Center about the Stimson Marina project in Seattle. “If we had done a complete tear-off we were probably looking at another million dollars.”

Fastening Systems For Single Ply RoofingMader is a codes/approvals support engineer for OMG Roofing Products. He is responsible for helping to evaluate new products as well as for developing and maintaining technical product specifications, maintaining code approvals and keeping abreast of technical changes and advancements in the commercial roofing industry. Mader is a member of the NRCA, SPRI and of RCI.

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