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Misconceptions about utility usage often stem from a facility manager’s misdirected focus on what usage is being monitored, instead of focusing on how it is being monitored day-to-day.


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Misconceptions about utility usage often stem from a facility manager’s misdirected focus on what usage is being monitored, instead of focusing on how it is being monitored day-to-day.

Question of the Week

Commercial building and facilities management resources for corporate facility executives, building operators and facility managers in all industry and service sectors. Question of the Week articles below.


What Are Some Best Practices For Optimizing Utility Costs?

Misconceptions about utility usage often stem from a facility manager’s misdirected focus on what usage is being monitored, instead of focusing on how it is being monitored day-to-day.

How Has The COVID-19 Pandemic Changed The Future Of Work?

A new Cisco report uncovers forward-looking lessons for leaders navigating return-to-office strategies.

Are Employers Required To Provide Cloth Face Coverings To Workers?

OSHA has published a series of frequently asked questions and answers regarding the use of face coverings, surgical masks, and respirators in the workplace.

Remote Roofing Maintenance? What Is Your Strategy?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, facility management professionals are becoming more resourceful in monitoring the performance of their roofs.

How Have Companies’ Views On Sustainability Changed?

Over the past decade, more companies have come to realize that sustainability, cost savings, risk aversion, and business growth all go hand in hand.

Are Your Facility Energy Projects Guided By The Business Case?

Many companies providing energy services to commercial customers tend to focus on energy usage and technology first, and the business case second.

Is There A Safe Level Of Marijuana Use At Work?

According to the National Safety Council, no level of cannabis use is acceptable for those who work in safety sensitive positions.

Do Political Discussions Affect Productivity?

More than half of employees think politics don't affect productivity, but they also see little value in political discussions at work, according to new survey data from Clutch.

Can Workplace Surveillance Methods Discourage Potential Employees?

Global survey finds that some workplace surveillance methods, including facial recognition technology, would discourage 64% of people from seeking employment with an organization.

Is Taking A Summer Vacation Too Much Of A Challenge?

As the summer vacation season nears, a new survey reveals that professionals find disconnecting from the office isn't always so easy. What are your plans this summer?

Is Noise A Problem In The Office Space You Manage?

A just released study from Interface helps inform facility managers on the importance of acoustical solutions for the current and future workforce.

Smart Building Retrofits… What’s Holding You Back?

As building owners and facilities teams consider upgrading to smart building infrastructure, here are three broad scenarios that may hold them back.

Healthcare Facilities: Trends In Operations And Occupancies

Simone Health Development Companies shared three trends it has observed in healthcare affecting facility management, along with thoughts on mixed-use healthcare facilities.

Could You Disconnect From Email?

A new survey finds that a majority of tech leaders are confident they can disconnect from emails, but think employees may find it difficult to detach. 

Do Flexible Workplace Design And Policies Promote Employee Satisfaction?

The 2019 Staples Workplace Survey finds employees value having a choice when it comes to where they work and the environments that inspire them to be most productive.

How Are Facilities Teams Using Technology Today, And In 2019?

A new survey from ARC reveals insight into the evaluation and acquisition of technology that facilities teams use to meet operating objectives.

Question Of The Week: Auditing Your Utility Provider Could Net Big Savings

Ordering a utility audit on a facility’s water, sewer, and stormwater bills reveals any overcharges that an organization may be paying.

The Security Of Security: A Q&A Roundtable

What does adding a digital layer to traditional security look like? And, what is the future shaping up to be for security in the built environment?

Question Of The Week: How Can I Prepare My Facility For Winter?

Fall is the ideal time to prepare your facility for winter weather. Routine inspections of your building from roof to foundation now can prevent costly repairs in the future

Question Of The Week: Norovirus Cleanup Procedures?

The highly contagious norovirus typically impacts the population late October through April.

Question Of The Week: Do Flexible Work Arrangements Lead To Better Performance?

Half of employers feel productivity would increase under a compressed schedule, according to a new survey from The Creative Group.

Question Of The Week: Communication To Improve Facilities Maintenance?

When pressed to spend an inordinate amount of time communicating about the status of facilities maintenance jobs, staff has less time to get the actual work done.

Question Of The Week: What Workplace Design Features Work?

A second annual Capital One Workplace Environment Survey finds flexibility remains high on the list of priorities for employees.

Question Of The Week: Is China Ban On Waste Management Impacting Your Facilities?

The move is part of an initiative by China to focus on its own domestically produced waste, and it's a wake-up call to the global recycling industry.

Question Of The Week: Campus Sustainability Initiatives

Go beyond bottle and paper recycling with these seven creative campus sustainability programs.

Question Of The Week: Parking Management Concerns In 2018

Parking professionals' focus on technology tools and mobility options remains strong, according to latest survey from the International Parking Institute.

Question Of The Week: What Factors Into Hurricane Preparedness?

With the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially begun, the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety provides resources on preparing buildings and sites for fierce summer storms.

Question Of The Week: Zeroing In On Waste Reduction

Achieving a zero waste operation does not come without challenges, but the benefits are many: cost savings, energy savings, reduced air and water pollution, and more.

Question Of The Week: Ways To Prevent Cigarette Litter?

Although cigarette smoking in America has decreased 28% in the past decade, cigarette butts remain the most littered item in the U.S. and across the globe.

Question Of The Week: Preserve Energy Tax Deduction 179D?

In testimony last week, BOMA’s President explained the importance of 179D as the sole federal energy efficiency incentive for commercial buildings.

Question Of The Week: What Is A Safety Walk-Around?

A safety walk-around can be an important part of identifying safety hazards in the workplace and communicating those dangers to employees.

Question Of The Week: Can Office Food Improve Workplace Culture?

More than a third of employees rank office food as one of their top three office perks, alongside vacation time and professional development, finds new research from ZeroCater.

Question Of The Week: What Do You Do When Building Controls Veer Off Course?

The current automation delivery process often yields inefficient buildings. This second article in a series takes a closer look at why, and what facility management can do about it.

Question Of The Week: Are Companies Prepared For The New Energy Economy?

A new study by Schneider Electric shows that organizations feel ready to compete in the evolving energy landscape, but many aren’t taking the necessary steps. 

Question Of The Week: Are You Prepared For A Confined Space Rescue?

Here are seven steps to help you prepare a response in case someone working at your facility becomes injured, incapacitated, or trapped in a space and has to be rescued.

Question Of The Week: How Does Your Cleaning Program Look For 2018?

A recent survey of facility end-users provided insight into the cleaning and maintenance products and processes being used more frequently.

Question Of The Week: How Buildings Learn

Behind their walls buildings have long supported an interplay of systems that belies their static presence. Now, the ability for buildings to learn and proactively impact operations expands the horizon of possibilities.

Question Of The Week: Artwork Procurement And Facility Management?

Options abound for organizations that are shopping for artwork to grace their facilities. What is your involvement, and where do you find art that fits the bill for your buildings?

Thinking About Designing Your Workplace Around Millennials? Stop!

Based on its research and experience, BHDP Architecture finds that the best way to think about Millennials and their impact on workplace design may be to think about them a lot less.

Question Of The Week: How Can Winter Illnesses Be Prevented?

With flu and norovirus season ramping up and expected to last through May, facilities across the country are honing in on illness prevention.

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