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Facilities Management articles for the week of 7/2/2023 - 7/8/2023

3 Ways To Increase Chiller Efficiency

Editor's note: This article was previously published in 2018 and has been updated to reflect current information.  It’s that time of year again – summer - and warmer weather brings calls to ensure that chillers are running more efficiently than ever.

Read This » How Sustainability Staff in Schools Drive Cost Savings Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Read This » Maximizing Your Commercial Mowing Program

ommercial mowers are among the most expensive pieces of equipment grounds managers at institutional and commercial facilities will invest in.   To ensure the mowers deliver their return on investment, managers need to conduct training to ensure operators use mowers safely and store and maintain them properly.   While operating and maintaining mowers is essential, the key to a successful mowing program starts well before operators put the mowers into action.  Managers must consider several factors beyond simply beyond, “making tall grass short,” says Brent Dobson, government and national fleet accounts manager for Grasshopper.   “A property’s exterior appearance impacts property value, tenant retention, consumer experience — the overall image of a facility," he says.

Read This » A Surge in Electric Vehicles Brings Fewer but Harder Fires to Fight

he United States has set a goal that by 2030 half of all new vehicles sold in the nation will be zero-emissions vehicles, including electric or plug-in hybrids.

Read This » Water-saving Benefits of Smart Irrigation Systems

rom government parks to college campuses to sports stadiums, facilities need an irrigation system to keep grounds looking their best during the warm spring and summer seasons.   Some of the most commonly used irrigation systems are drip, sprinkler, center pivot, furrow and terraced. These systems are all viable options.

Read This » Strategies for Efficiency and Organization in Storeroom Operations

ave you noticed that managing storeroom operations is like managing the dishwasher? When I load the dishwasher, I apparently don’t do it correctly.

Read This » Las Vegas-Area Schools Double Down on IAQ Issues

-12 school leaders in Las Vegas were on to something in 2019 when they started taking a closer look at the air in their buildings.  Who could have imagined that less than a year later, indoor air quality (IAQ) would rocket up the priority list for maintenance and engineering managers at K-12 school districts during the COVID-19 pandemic?  Nobody could have predicted the challenges COVID-19 would bring.

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