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Facilities Management articles for the week of 2/26/2023 - 3/4/2023

Preparation is Key When Pursuing a Boiler Upgrade

ax credits and federal funding programs have many facility managers thinking now is the time to do a boiler upgrade in their institutional and commercial facilities.   While that may be the case, if a manager doesn’t know what they’re trying to accomplish or what they want, their anticipated savings may never be realized.  Managing Editor Dave Lubach of the Facility Market sat down with ABMA President and CEO Scott Lynch at the recent AHR Expo, a trade show dedicated to the HVAC industry, to discuss the boiler industry and how it’s affecting maintenance and engineering managers.   This is the second of two articles from the interview with Lynch.

Read This » FM Builds Spring Training Facility, Maintenance Team

ob Durr can be forgiven for having a high opinion of the Toronto Blue Jays’ new player development complex in Dunedin, Florida.  “It's the coolest thing in the world,” says Durr, director of facilities for the team’s Florida operations.

Read This » Practical Considerations for EV Charging Station Installation

recent FacilitiesNet piece titled How to Prepare Buildings for the Electric Vehicle Boom the EV at the EV landscape and made the case for adding electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) — commonly called charging stations or charging docks — to your properties.

Read This » Pandemic Bills Provide K-12 Schools with HVAC Upgrade Opportunities

s part of the country’s pandemic recovery efforts, the government passed myriad funding bills aimed at not only helping keep small businesses afloat, but to help school districts with money to help improve air quality in their buildings.  Programs such as the $190 billion Elementary and Secondary School Relief Fund (ESSER) and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) pumped another $50 billion into the system to help schools in low-income and disadvantaged communities apply for grants and technical assistance to help reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.  But even with all the money available, and all the attention given to the funding bills, there’s a feeling of uncertainty among leaders in the HVAC industry that some school district leaders aren’t sure how to access the money for upgrades.  “I get a lot of questions from school districts, like, ‘How do I get this money?’ but they already have that money, they probably don’t even realize it,” says Alex Ayres, the director of Government Affairs for HARDI (Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International).

Read This » Why Facility Managers Should Focus on ESG

etween managing roof repairs, responding to “Billy in accounting” who is always hot, and putting together that presentation for the CEO on how you’re planning to cut your budget by 20 percent, it’s often difficult for facility managers to keep big picture goals in mind.

Read This » OSHA Penalties Increase: 5 Things to Know

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