Category: Heating and Cooling

FMA Shorts: How Can Facilities Managers Fund Technology Solutions?

On this latest episode of FMA Shorts, Phil Zito, CEO of Smart Buildings Academy and host of the Smart Buildings Academy Podcast, lists some top funding options for facility tech upgrades. This clip was taken from a webinar titled “Facilities 2.0: Thriving in an Era of Rising Operational Costs.” The full session is available for […]

Biden Admin Finalizes National Definition for Zero-Emissions Buildings

After receiving public input, the Biden administration has revealed the highly anticipated, finalized version of its National Definition of a Zero Emissions Building. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the standardized definition will help advance industry efforts to decarbonize the buildings sector, which is responsible for more than one-third of total U.S. greenhouse gas […]

NBA Finals Stadium Series Part 2: American Airlines Center

In Part 2 of our NBA Finals Stadium Series, learn all about the American Airlines Center (AAC) in Dallas, Texas! The stadium is home to the Dallas Mavericks, who will play the Boston Celtics for the 2024 National Basketball Association (NBA) Finals. The championship games will be split between the two teams’ home-court venues from […]

AI Empowering FM: Conquering Challenges with Innovation and Collaboration

Artificial intelligence (AI), particularly generative AI (GenAI), is quickly and quietly revolutionizing facilities management. More and more, facilities managers are harnessing AI for rapid, informed building operations decisions and leveraging GenAI to boost operational efficiency. Rooted in automation, AI’s potential to save thousands of working hours across an entire workforce has mass appeal, helping to […]

Tackling Humidity Challenges in Coastal Schools

Humidity poses significant challenges to communities situated along coastal regions where the influence of moisture-laden air from lakes and oceans is pronounced. Humidity levels are exacerbated in those regions once the warmer temperatures arrive in late spring and summer. For schools, these high humidity levels can pose significant challenges. The School of Public Health at […]

Revitalizing Campus Spaces: Sustainable Initiatives and Educational Oasis

The University of Richmond’s Eco-Corridor, an 18-acre restoration, was an old road, previously ignored, a “place of possibility,” said Rob Andrejewski, the university’s director of sustainability. Opened in 2020, the project includes an extensive stream restoration, the planting of 25,000 grasses, shrubs, and trees, invasive species removal, new trails, plus picnic tables, a learning lab, […]

CDC Releases Infection Prevention Guidance for K-12 Schools

The COVID-19 pandemic shuttered schools across the country and made health and safety top priority once they reopened. Although the pandemic is thankfully behind us, it remains essential to protect students and staff from all types of infectious diseases. As leaders plan for the new school year ahead, now is a good time to double […]

3 Springtime Tips for Energy Efficiency in HVAC

As life outside gets greener, spring is also a good reminder of the importance of green practices in facilities. HVAC systems use 40-50% of a commercial building’s energy, translating to high energy usage and significant greenhouse gas emissions. However, this also presents ample opportunity to find efficiencies. Balancing occupant comfort with sustainability is not always […]

The Ultimate Guide to Temporary Boiler Rentals

In industrial facilities, a reliable and efficient heating system is crucial for maintaining comfortable working conditions, ensuring proper operation of equipment and machinery, and supporting various manufacturing processes. However, situations may arise when your facility’s existing boiler system becomes inadequate or requires temporary replacement due to planned maintenance, emergencies, or changing heating demands. This is […]

5 Ways to Create a Better Workplace for Neurodivergent Employees

As more companies return to the office, either on a part- or full-time basis, facilities managers should work with employers to modify the workplace so neurodivergent employees are given equal opportunities to succeed. What Does Being ‘Neurodivergent’ Mean? According to the Cleveland Clinic, “neurodivergent” is a nonmedical term describing people whose “brains develop or work […]