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Facilities Management articles for the week of 5/26/2019 - 6/1/2019

How Creative Engagement is Growing into a National Trend

Creative engagement adapts itself to projects across all market sectors — school districts, corporations, research organizations, and even developers of mixed-use and multifamily projects.

Read This » Specifying Paints and Coatings For Facility Needs

To help maintenance managers match the ever-expanding array of paints and coatings with their facilities’ needs, manufacturers have developed selector charts.

Read This » Addressing Air Handler Upgrade Challenges

Of the three HVAC system upgrades, air-handler systems is the most difficult.

Read This » 3 Ways to Improve Facility Sustainability, Student Wellness

Healthy, well-nourished students are more likely to be able to focus on their work, miss less school, and academically perform at a higher level.

Read This » Questions to Ask for Successful Energy Planning

Consider this list of questions when thinking about how to plan for future efficiency efforts. What is the “best practice” standard today when it comes to energy performance? What will they be in a year, two, and even three years from now? Is it achieving net-zero energy use? How will you deploy technology to meet efficiency goals? Will you be using machine learning to enable HVAC systems to self-correct for optimal performance? How will the Building Internet of Things (B-IoT) with its myriad sensors feeding data into analytic platforms be leveraged to advance energy performance? How much will the states and cities that are home to our buildings continue taking the lead in demanding greater efficiency from buildings within their jurisdictions? Should you aspire to carbon-neutral buildings now? Will initiatives like energy benchmarking and local laws that have far surpassed federal legislation in emphasis and vigor continue? To what extent will utilities continue to evolve into more diversified energy businesses intent on greater collaboration with their customer base, far removed from the old ratepayer relationship model? To what extent will actions to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change grow in the public consciousness and gain additional traction? Jerry Burin (jerry.burin@aecom.com) is a director in the energy practice of AECOM, a global engineering and architectural firm headquartered in Los Angeles.

Read This » 5 Steps to Ensuring Plumbing Upgrades Last

Maintenance and engineering managers can direct and influence the maintainability of finished plumbing and restroom upgrades and ensure the effectiveness of post-installation maintenance by addressing several key issues early in the planning process: Check ADA requirements.

Read This » When is The Time to Repair, Replace or Restore a Roof?

Using the roof system’s age, evaluation data and the RCI rating, managers can determine the best course of action for a roof — repair, replace, or restore.

Read This » How Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) Improve HVAC Energy Efficiency

Developed in Japan in 1982, variable refrigerant flow (VRF) technology allows 40 to 50 percent efficiency improvement over standard ASHRAE 90.1 standard RTU units.

Read This » How to Apply Cold-Aisle Monitoring Strategies in Data Centers

Implementing the cold-aisle monitoring strategy is simple.

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