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Facilities Management articles for the week of 1/13/2019 - 1/19/2019

How To Match Facility Acoustics to a Space's Purpose

There is an old radio signal communication of “five by five.” The literal translation is that everything is “loud and clear.” Facility managers — generally speaking — want spoken communications to be loud and clear.

Read This » Insights on Irrigation

Grounds departments that oversee aging irrigation systems are often in crisis management mode, responding to both minor and catastrophic pipe and system failures.

Read This » Changes in Operations and Code Requirements Affect Facility Wayfinding

HVAC equipment, roofing systems and plumbing systems generally attract more attention from maintenance and engineering managers, but recent action related to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards A92 has moved one piece of equipment — aerial work platforms — further up the priority list.

Read This » How To Improve the Energy Efficiency of a VRF System

The efficiency of a VRF system can be improved by adding a dedicated outdoor air system or energy recovery ventilator. A dedicated outdoor air system conditions and delivers outdoor air to occupied spaces.

Read This » New Survey Data Reports Changes in Facility Capital Budgets

The latest Building Operating Management survey of facility managers shows that many more respondents reported that capital budgets increased than saw CapEx spending drop.

Read This » Shining a Light on LEDs and Upgrades

Lighting fixtures built around light emitting diodes (LEDs) continue to revolutionize the lighting industry.

Read This » HVAC: Tackling the Repair-or-Replace Dilemma

As facilities and systems age, deferred maintenance becomes a bigger problem.

Read This » Technology Aids Emergency Preparedness Plans

While remaining flexible and evaluating the effectiveness of emergency preparedness plans can be tricky, technology is here to lend a hand – both on the planning and recovery sides.

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