Commercial building and facilities management resources for corporate facility executives, building operators and facility managers in all industry and service sectors. Best-Practices articles below.
The Snow & Ice Management Association has expanded its Sustainable Salt Initiative (SSI) that addresses environmental concerns associated with salt use at properties throughout North America.
This contributed article notes that central to an efficient facilities operations department is a responsive, consistent maintenance structure.
In its fifth year running, iLab's annual study will continue to capture the evolution of trends and growth in the core facility community.
Space heaters are the thorn in the side of many facility managers, so one professional is seeking feedback on best practices and policies.
The award honors a new approach—commissioned by BWH and designed by EH&E—that "sets a new benchmark" and establishes a "model of best practices" for the improvement of fire and life safety compliance during and after construction of healthcare facilities.
Creating facility management standards is a challenge that many professionals face. Folsom offers some assistance.
As part of a campus-wide risk management initiative, the University of Iowa focuses on fire systems.
BICSI 005 bridges the two worlds of security and communications by providing the professional with the requirements and recommendations of a structured cabling infrastructure needed to support today’s security systems while providing the cabling design professional information on different elements within safety and security systems that affect the design.
Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton, a member of Steward Health Care, has been recognized by IFMA for Best Practice in Sustainability.
Physical security is critical to achieving availability goals of mission critical facilities. Security of the data center accounts for it’s surroundings as well as data processing equipment inside and the systems supporting them. In this paper, systems for providing secure facilities are recommended and best practices for physical security are explained.
John Ferguson of IHS describes the magnitude of the MRO-parts challenge and outlined possible solutions to the problem.
In support of the Executive Order, DOE and EPA released a new report that provides a foundation for national discussions on effective ways to achieve 40 GW of new, cost-effective CHP by 2020, and includes an overview of the key issues currently impacting CHP deployment and the factors that need to be considered by stakeholders involved in the dialogue.
With a nearly 250% increase of participants in its STARS program since 2011, AASHE has launched a quarterly review to share best practices.
Upon the release, it is expected that other countries will use the NBIMS-US Version 2 as the basis of their national modeling standards.
All information entered into BEX will be securely stored online, and the identities of those submitting data will not be revealed. All participants will have free and unlimited access to survey results, while nonparticipants may purchase an annual subscription to the results.
In this web exclusive, Don Leick writes, "Contrary to the common belief, the so-called flash-to-bang method—determining the distance of a storm by counting the time between the lightning flash and the sound of thunder—is not safe or accurate."
Many questions were tackled at the 11th Global FM International Workshop held alongside the Th!nk FM conference earlier this month in Nottingham, UK.
Written to complement existing standards, BICSI 002 includes requirements, recommendations, and additional information—such as site selection, layout, thermal systems, and security—that should be considered when planning and building a data center.
Winners join a growing number of best-in-class buildings to receive the designation since its launch last spring. The BOMA 360 Performance Program recognizes best practices in building operations and management in commercial properties.
In the second part of this series, Hibbard gives four suggestions for simplifying and modernizing facilities.