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The HVAC factor: High volume, low speed fans
Today's Facility Manager    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With rising energy costs and an increased accountability to operate efficiently, facility managers are tasked with finding innovative ways to shave costs without cutting corners. Air conditioning has long been considered the default method of controlling comfort in a space, but the expenses can be substantial, depending on building size, occupancy level and required tonnage. More

Air Handler Refurbishment: 5 Keys to Success

Refurbishing air handling units can be a daunting task so take some tips from the experts. AQUIS has successfully refurbished over 1,000 air handlers nationwide ranging in both size and complexity. Based on our experience, we have compiled these recommendations to ensure that your next refurbishment project goes as planned. MORE

Construction caters to technology needs
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One big question when building a new health care facility, educational building or even office complex is: Does the facility meet the demands of today's technology? Businesses and consumers are using technology more than ever before, meaning owners and construction companies need to carefully consider the role technology is going to play within the facility before construction begins. Of course, the technology needs vary from one type of building to the next. More

Don't be panicked by alarm management of building systems    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Building system alarms are an everyday fact of building operations. However, few building operators have a solid alarm management plan. The "plan" for many is to simply react to alarms when they occur and figure out what to do when it happens. This "ad-hoc" approach views alarms as nuisances that need attention rather than valuable data that can improve operations and tell a building owner a lot about how the building is performing. More

Whole Building Design Guide hits another milestone: 4 million downloads
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The Federal High Performance and Sustainable Buildings section of the Whole Building Design Guide website provides the key information federal personnel need to meet high-performance and sustainable buildings requirements. The section includes: Policy Background, identifying Executive Orders, laws and regulations that define federal high-performance and sustainable building requirements; new construction and major renovation; and existing buildings. More

8 tips for a smooth handoff of new green buildings
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One reason a building may not perform as well as it should is often related to how the newly constructed structure was "handed off" to building operations. A poor transition process may mean the building operations get off to a bad start and never fully recover or only catch up after much effort. More

How to combat facility odors
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Odor puts repeat business in jeopardy. According to recent Harris Interactive surveys, 90 percent of U.S. adults would never rebook at a hotel and 85 percent would never return to a restaurant with unpleasant odor. In the retail environment, a Harris Interactive survey revealed that unpleasant odor ranks as a top annoyance over poor customer service. More

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Improving arc flash safety through design
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While a meter with a bit of software and some comms is getting the kudos of the so-called "smart grid" there is a lot more important work going on in the background — like saving workers' lives through improved electrical workplace safety. This is highlighted in a technical paper by David B. Durocher, Process Industry Department Chair of the IEEE Industry Applications Society and Global Industry Manager at Eaton Corporation. More

New EPA strategy promotes green infrastructure for environmental, economic benefits
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is launching a new strategy to promote the use of green infrastructure by cities and towns to decrease pollution to local waterways by treating rain where it falls and keeping polluted stormwater from entering sewer systems. EPA notes that stormwater is one of the most widespread challenges to water quality in the nation. More

Top 10 trends impacting the future of facility management
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The 2011 "Facility Management Forecast" can help facility practitioners succeed in their careers by identifying the industry patterns to look for; the skill sets to work on and the places to allocate their resources. It can also help facility management departments chart a course for the future and align facility management with corporate strategy. The trends identified fall into three categories: externally-, internally- and organizationally-driven. More

AIA announces winners of library, sustainable design awards
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The American Institute of Architects recently announced the winners of two sets of awards honoring excellence in library design and sustainable design. In conjunction with the American Library Association, AIA selected five recipients to receive the biennial AIA/ALA Library Building Awards celebrating the finest examples of library design by architects licensed in the U.S. More

'Member-Get-A-Member' campaign
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AFE members are helping to make AFE a stronger organization by telling their colleagues about the benefits of AFE, and urging them to join the leading organization for facilities engineering, operations and management professionals. The Member-Get-a-Member campaign will run until Sept. 30. As thanks for members' efforts to help the association grow, AFE is offering prizes, including a $500 gift card and discounts on membership renewal. More

Last chance to sign up for AFE CPMM Certification Review class in California
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The Certified Plant Maintenance Manager Review Class, to be held from May 19-21, in Merced, Calif., is filling up fast. Studies show that AFE Certified facilities professionals make more than $7,000 a year more than their uncertified colleagues—so register today. More

AFE Career Center opportunity of the week
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Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md., is seeking a Executive Director of Facilities in Salisbury, Md. For this and other career opportunities, visit the AFE Career Center. More

AFE LinkedIn Group site discussion of the week
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Lori Wood started this week's AFE LinkedIn Group site discussion of the week. Lori wrote: "Many states have now adopted the 2007 edition of NFPA 80, which requires the annual inspection of Fire Doors. Please take a moment to vote in our poll and assist Life Safety Services in gathering data regarding AHJ's and their requirements for these inspections." Visit the AFE LinkedIn group site to learn more. More

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