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Facilities Management articles for the week of 10/14/2018 - 10/20/2018

5 Smart Building Strategies for High-Performance

Like many IoT applications, smart buildings can be a solution looking for a problem, so it is vital to articulate the intent and description of the desired functionality so that the system functionality reflects a building or organization’s overall goals.

Read This » Roof Coatings: Specification Based on Facility Needs

Before a roof coating can be effectively applied to a commercial or institutional facility, it is vital that maintenance and engineering managers understand which kind of coating would work best on the roof in question.

Read This » Innovative Strategies in Health and Wellness Design

The real innovation is taking wellness beyond compliance solutions, like random walkstations or scattered fake plants.

Read This » Growing Campus Offers Variety of Grounds Challenges

Urban and aquatic.

Read This » Project Management: 4 Steps to Success

I had some work done on my house recently.

Read This » Office Thermal Comfort: Simple Fixes and Beyond

A statistic from the U.S.

Read This » Daylighting and LEDs Team Up to Meet Energy Efficiency Standards

When tunable LEDs are combined with daylighting, they do help meet new energy efficiency standards, such as the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), ASHRAE and Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Standard 90.1-2016, “Energy Standards for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings.” Standard 90.1 is the benchmark for commercial building energy codes in the United States. In the 2016 edition, interior lighting power density limits were revised primarily because of the increased efficacy of LEDS.

Read This » 4 Steps for Planning Solar Power Canopies in Parking Areas

The adoption of solar technology offers a substantial opportunity to make a meaningful reduction in a building’s carbon footprint while also having significant economic benefits and enhancing building marketability.

Read This » Real-World Water Resilience: A Case Study in Water Efficiency

While facility managers are getting a handle on water use in their facilities, it makes sense to deploy all the easy water-efficiency strategies that are readily available on the market today.

Read This » School District Upgrades Focus on Energy Savings

The upgrades began as an effort by Westerville (Ohio) City School District to curtail energy use among its aging stock of buildings.

Read This » Passive House Standard Gains Ground in Commercial Building Market

The last several decades have witnessed a surge of energy-efficient retrofits and more stringent energy-use guidelines that can reduce facility operating costs.

Read This » Buildings Go Net-Zero Energy, Tackle Climate Change

According to New Buildings Institute’s annual Getting To Zero Status Update report, the median energy use intensity (EUI) of the dozens of verified net-zero energy buildings included in the report is 18 kBtu/sq.

Read This » Awarding Achievements in Maintenance

The challenges facing maintenance and engineering departments never end.

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