Tag: Lighting

ENERGY STAR Lighting: A Decades-Long Success Story Ending on a Bright Note

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR program is celebrating over 25 years of achievements in lighting efficiency. The celebration comes as the ENERGY STAR label for most lighting is poised to sunset after a long, successful run and the recently enacted federal sales ban on incandescent bulbs. Since the ENERGY STAR label for […]

How to Prevent Bird Window Collisions

In early October, a major bird-collision event occurred in Chicago. While there were other collisions across the city, one building, McCormick Place, killed nearly 1,000 migrating birds in a single night. Although weather patterns played a role, McCormick’s reflective glass walls and bright lighting are known to be the problem. Collisions with glass result in […]

Back to Basics: Lighting Improvements for Healthy Buildings

Back to Basics is an article series that highlights important, but possibly overlooked, information facilities management professionals should know. A key aspect of a healthy facility is healthy lighting, not just to go green for the environment but also for the health of occupants. Facilities managers should therefore examine ways they can redesign their facilities […]

A Comprehensive Guide to Building Maintenance Management

In our daily lives, we all desire safety and comfort within the spaces we inhabit, be it at work, at home, or during leisure activities. However, the importance of building maintenance management often goes unnoticed until an issue arises. This article aims to shed light on the significance of building maintenance management by providing an […]

The Pros and Cons of AI in Facility Management

Artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly securing a foothold in the facility management space. A quick Google search for “AI tools for facility management” will produce a host of companies offering AI-driven tools to help with everything from maintenance management to space optimization. Facility managers who are eager to exploit the benefits of AI-driven tools should […]

DOE Awards Public Schools $178 Million for Energy Improvements

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the first round of selectees for the Renew America’s Schools grant program, a competitive award that will support the implementation of energy improvements in public K-12 schools across the country. Following “unprecedented” demand for the funding, the DOE chose 24 Local Education Agencies (LEAs) in 22 states to share […]

Facility Facelift: Four Ways to Revamp, Transform, and Beautify Spaces

A well-designed space can have a positive and lasting impact on a business’ reputation. The saying “you never get a second chance to make a first impression” rings especially true when it comes to a facility’s first impression on guests, employees, or patrons. How the facility looks and is maintained influences how those who enter […]

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 […]

Lighting Project Aims to Boost Campus Safety at University of Nebraska–Lincoln

A summer construction project will cast the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in a new light—a few dozen of them, actually. The project, which will commence in June and should wrap by the start of the fall semester, will add and replace more than 50 lights along high-traffic walkways on City and East Campus. Most of the 13-foot-tall, pole-mounted […]

Cintas Makes Major Switch to LEDs on ‘Path to Net Zero’

Cintas Corp. is nearing completion of a multi-year, company-wide LED lighting transition project to help reduce facility-focused energy use and support the company along its “Path to Net Zero,” a major part of Cintas’ environmental, social, and governance (ESG) goals. Headquartered in Cincinnati, the Fortune 500 company provides a wide range of products and services […]