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Facilities Management articles for the week of 10/13/2019 - 10/19/2019

How To Select High-Performance HVAC Systems

Selecting an HVAC system type for any building can be a simple or complex process based on the purpose or function of the building and the guiding parameters for the project.

Read This » Commercial Office Building Renovations

Renovation projects are always more difficult to perform than new construction projects.

Read This » Extending Roof Coating Life, Protecting Facilities

Roofs are the ultimate out-of-sight out-of-mind components of institutional and commercial facilities.

Read This » Are Cool Roofs Beneficial in Cold Climates?

In some locales — the desert Southwest, for example — cool roofs are mandated because of their beneficial properties. “The International Building Code requires cool roofs in southern climate zones [of the United States], but they’re not mandated for northern climate zones,” says Andre Desjarlais, building envelopes program manager at ORNL.  That’s not to say cool roofs don’t offer benefits in northern parts of the country.

Read This » How to Finance Solar PV Projects

Putting solar on your building doesn’t have to be a large upfront cost.

Read This » Boilers and Water Heaters: Energy-Efficiency Strategies

Boilers and water heaters are complex systems to operate and can be just as complex to maintain.

Read This » Change Agent: Revamping Maintenance for Energy Efficiency, Productivity

There is nothing permanent except change, according to an ancient Greek philosopher.

Read This » How LEED Guides Users to Water Efficiency

Green building rating systems, such as LEED, incorporate water efficiency and management as core sustainability outcomes.

Read This » Where Experiential Design Meets Sustainability

Multiple studies have established that an attractive and soothing healthcare environment can have a positive effect on healing.

Read This » People, Projects and Purchases: Strategies for Success

When I worked as a plant manager, my operations manager came to me and asked for permission to hire four more people to help keep up with demand.

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