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3 Remote Management Tools for Rental Properties

Rental properties demand a great deal of attention. Managing the business aspects alone—loan payments, taxes, accounting, and maintenance—can require more time than facility and plant managers have to give. Facility managers can’t always offload certain tasks that demand their specific skills and attention, but there are opportunities to delegate work that is better outsourced or […]

What’s Ahead for Building Tech Trends?

Honeywell recently released its predictions for emerging trends that will help shape building operations and technologies in 2023 and beyond. Top company experts revealed insights on opportunities to make buildings more sustainable, safer, and occupant focused. Honeywell’s predictions for 2023 include both ongoing and burgeoning trends: The Acceleration of the ‘Electrify Everything’ Movement  Communities across the […]

Investigating Facility Safety Incidents

It is important that all work-related near misses, or incidents that could have caused harm had the circumstances been different, as well as workplace incidents that involve injuries, illnesses, and fatalities, be investigated by facilities professionals, security professionals, and other necessary personnel. The causes of those incidents in a facility and how to prevent them […]

Faces of Facilities: Ty Dupass from the Community College of Philadelphia

As a native New Yorker, Ty Dupass considers the September 11th tragedy a “pivotal moment” in his career and is particularly proud of his degree in fire science, which he has “dedicated to the service persons and civilians who lost their lives on 9/11.” Dupass currently serves as Director of Environmental Services and Life Safety […]

NYC Firehouses Install ‘Resilient’ Solar Projects to Protect Against Blackouts

City officials have announced completion of a $2.4 million project to install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems atop six New York City Fire Department (FDNY) firehouses in Queens and Brooklyn. In addition to generating emissions-free energy, these systems will use battery storage to ensure that the firehouses remain operational during blackouts, brownouts, or storms if electric […]

3 Tips for Sustainable Landscaping Around Buildings

Not every region in the country gets freezing temperatures and snow during winter, but even if your facility is located up north, it’s never too early to start thinking about landscaping. Whether it be planted trees or shrubs, or colorful flower beds, adding professional landscaping around a property or building is going to make a […]

No Time to Waste: 4 Steps to Eliminate Invisible Waste from Your Facility

Facilities are under constant pressure to minimize production waste and lower operational costs. They employ different techniques and innovative strategies to identify and eliminate these wastes without lowering the quality of products and consistency of established production routines—one of the used strategies is lean manufacturing. Facilities grapple with several invisible wastes arising from obsolete technologies, […]

Top 10 States for LEED Buildings in 2022

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its annual ranking of U.S. states leading the way on green building, with Massachusetts topping the list. The USGBC ranking is based on LEED-certified gross square footage per capita over the past year. The LEED rating system is the world’s most widely used green building program and was created […]

Back to Basics: 7 Renovations to Create Touchless Restrooms

Back to Basics is an article series that highlights important, but possibly overlooked, information facilities management professionals should know. I have a friend who is not a fan of public restrooms for obvious reasons. However, when nature calls, we all must listen. When we stopped at a recently renovated Interstate 95 service plaza, he was […]

Are You Prepared for a Workplace Shooter?

Did you follow the details of workplace shootings in 2022? A supervisor buys a handgun before his shift, shoots and kills a handful of coworkers, and then shoots himself. A gunman armed with a semiautomatic rifle enters a Buffalo, New York, grocery store, killing 10 patrons. Another enters a Colorado Springs, Colorado, LGBTQ nightclub and […]