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Facilities Management articles for the week of 10/4/2020 - 10/10/2020

Smart Grid: How to Integrate Buildings for Maximum Benefit

The modern electric grid is going through a paradigm shift towards the smart grid to deliver electricity more reliably, efficiently, and intelligently.

Read This » Water-Use Audits Can Help Managers Focus on Upgrades

As prices rise for water and demand grows, water conservation continues to be a high priority in commercial and institutional facilities.

Read This » To Achieve the Benefits of Daylighting, Understand the Challenges

While many of us spend much of our days inside, we also know, perhaps intuitively, that sunshine streaming through the windows not only provides light, but improves our mood.

Read This » Showing Your Work: How Maintenance Managers Contribute to Healthy Facilities

In my editorial last month, I suggested that amid the hardships and pain the COVID-19 pandemic has produced, maintenance and engineering managers should look for opportunities to help building occupants and the public better understand what their departments do and why that work matters in creating healthy workspaces. Now, the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) has delivered such an opportunity. UNLV students recently voiced concerns about the need for a student life facilities fee at a time when their access to campus facilities is limited due to the pandemic.

Read This » Modular Construction: Despite Benefits, Healthcare Adoption Is Slow

Modular construction for hospitals and other healthcare applications is a design concept that’s been discussed at great length but has never seen large-scale implementation in the healthcare market.

Read This » Against the Constant Crisis, Rise

As I write this note, much of the West coast is burning.

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