Tag: covid

Chill Out the Germs: Facility Cleaning Tips for Cold and Flu Season

As we prepare for the holidays, we’re again in the middle of another season of the most unpleasant gifts: the common cold and, certainly much worse, what some call the “tripledemic” of influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and COVID-19. The “CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) continues to anticipate that the upcoming fall and […]

Incorporating a Biophilic Design into Your Facilities

As more employees return to the office in a hybrid or fully in-office setting, it’s important for facilities professionals to work with building management on de-stressing the workplace by implementing biophilic design principles, which involves the use of nature in facility designs. During Facilities Management Advisor’s Healthy Buildings Week 2023, guest speaker Kelly Walowski, global […]

How Facilities Can Improve Their Air Quality

As facilities managers continue to improve their buildings’ indoor air quality (IAQ), they should learn about the new American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Standard 241; the different types of air-cleaning technologies and their costs; and their occupants’ needs. Facilities Management Advisor had an educational session on August 17 as part of […]

How to Improve Facility Health Through WELL

COVID-19 brought wellness to the forefront of everyone’s minds, and as infection numbers are yet again going up, many facilities managers are looking for ways to make their facilities healthier by becoming WELL-certified through the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI). Angela Spangler, senior director of global market development for IWBI, was the speaker for the […]

Combat Wildfire and Infection Hazards with Good Indoor Air Quality

How is the air quality inside your facilities? Is it time to reevaluate your HVAC systems and maintenance procedures? Proper ventilation and air filtration can lower indoor concentrations of both infectious disease particles and particulate matter from wildfires, protecting a facility’s employees, customers, and visitors. Particulate matter from wildfire smoke—material less than 2.5 micrometers in […]

Back to Basics: Flood Mitigation 101

Back to Basics is an article series that highlights important, but possibly overlooked, information facilities management professionals should know. No matter where their facilities are located, facilities managers should have a long-range and short-range plan to mitigate flood damage to their buildings, as well as a plan to clean up damage caused in the aftermath. […]

4 Ways to Prepare Your Facilities for Fall

With summer coming to an end, it’s time for facilities managers not only to examine the inside, outside, and landscaping elements of their facilities but also to be prepared for power outages, which are more likely to happen as it gets colder. Whether it’s an office complex, college or hospital campus, recreational hub, transportation hub, […]

What We Learned From… Healthy Buildings Week 2023

Held the week of Aug. 14-18, Facilities Management Advisor‘s Healthy Buildings Week 2023 featured information about how keeping facilities healthy has a major positive impact on occupants, thereby increasing productivity. If you missed any of the webinars, here’s a rundown with key takeaways and links to FREE on-demand recordings. Educational Session | The Evolution of […]

New ASHRAE Standard Covers Airborne Disease Mitigation in Buildings

ASHRAE has announced its newly approved standard for airborne infection risk mitigation in indoor spaces. ASHRAE Standard 241, Control of Infectious Aerosols establishes minimum requirements to reduce the risk of disease transmission by exposure to infectious aerosols in new buildings, existing buildings, and major renovations. Infectious aerosols are tiny, exhaled particles that can carry disease-causing pathogens […]

School’s Out! Essential Campus Projects to Tackle During Summer Break

Now that the academic semester is over and campuses are largely deserted, it’s the perfect time to do major maintenance projects and intensive cleaning jobs that couldn’t be done when the campus was buzzing with activity. Plan for Summer Classes Facilities teams should work with school leadership to determine what areas will be used for […]