Category: FM Perspectives

FM Perspectives provides a platform for leaders and change-makers of the facilities management community to share their thoughtful insights and opinions.

Radon and Health Impacts: New Initiatives to Stop a Silent Killer

Editor’s note: FM Perspectives are industry op-eds. The views expressed are the authors’ and do not necessarily reflect those of Facilities Management Advisor. January is National Radon Action Month. Each year, about 21,000 people in the U.S. die as a result of exposure to high levels of radon gas. While these deaths include victims of all ages […]

3 Recent AI Developments Every Facilities Manager Needs to Know About

Editor’s note: FM Perspectives are industry op-eds. The views expressed are the authors’ and do not necessarily reflect those of Facilities Management Advisor. As a facilities manager, it’s crucial to stay up to date with recent developments in artificial intelligence (AI). You are a key decision-maker responsible for reviewing standard practices and driving businesses forward, and using […]

The Importance of Reliable Energy Access for Facilities

Editor’s note: FM Perspectives are industry op-eds. The views expressed are the authors’ and do not necessarily reflect those of Facilities Management Advisor. Preparing reliable energy access for your facility can be essential if interruptions in power have big negative consequences. However, all types of facilities need to consider what effects a power outage would have—especially since […]

Service Your School’s HVAC Solutions During Christmas Break

Editor’s note: FM Perspectives are industry op-eds. The views expressed are the authors’ and do not necessarily reflect those of Facilities Management Advisor. For children, Christmas is a time for a break from school and a time for opening presents. For K-12 school leaders, Christmas break is an opportunity to service HVAC units that will soon be […]

Forecasting Tech’s Future with a Magic 8 Ball

Editor’s note: FM Perspectives are industry op-eds. The views expressed are the authors’ and do not necessarily reflect those of Facilities Management Advisor. The technology industry moves at warp speed. New innovations, disruptions, solutions, and startups burst onto the scene daily, and what’s coming next is anyone’s guess. Since we don’t have a crystal ball to see […]

Plant Moves: The Charm of Southern Hospitality

Editor’s note: FM Perspectives are industry op-eds. The views expressed are the authors’ and do not necessarily reflect those of Facilities Management Advisor. The Southeast has quietly emerged as one of the leading geographic regions for manufacturers to relocate their facilities today. Boasting plentiful opportunities from infrastructure to real estate costs, a move to the Southeast is […]

Tech Execs Shift Focus to Enlist Buildings in Tackling Climate Change

Editor’s note: FM Perspectives are industry op-eds. The views expressed are the authors’ and do not necessarily reflect those of Facilities Management Advisor. Many former technology executives, including the authors of this article, have left tech companies like Microsoft and Google to helm legacy industries ripe for modernization, including the buildings industry. The digital and […]

The Freeze Component of ‘Run, Hide, Fight’ During Violent Attacks

Editor’s note: FM Perspectives are industry op-eds. The views expressed are the authors’ and do not necessarily reflect those of Facilities Management Advisor. In April 2021, a 19-year-old male shooter named Brandon Hole opened fire outside a FedEx warehouse in Indianapolis. By the time he was done, he had killed eight people and himself. After […]

Decarbonizing Buildings: The Big Rethink

Editor’s note: FM Perspectives are industry op-eds. The views expressed are the authors’ and do not necessarily reflect those of Facilities Management Advisor. Buildings represent more than 40% of U.S. carbon emissions, and natural-gas-fired HVAC, water heating, cooking, and other systems represent the largest fraction. With a growing profile of electric products entering the market, […]

Mitigating Poor Air Quality in Schools Now Can Prevent a Shutdown Later

Editor’s note: FM Perspectives are industry op-eds. The views expressed are the authors’ and do not necessarily reflect those of Facilities Management Advisor. As students return to school from a record-breaking hot summer, many are entering facilities with poor indoor air quality (IAQ), the effects of which can be dangerous. Though temperatures are beginning to […]