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Building Energy Efficiency: Why is it so Darn Hard to Sell?

Businesses nationwide would save about $1 billion each year in energy costs if they replaced their 10-20 ton commercial units with units that meet this specification. http://www.advancedrtu.org/find-a-product.html The US Department of Energy launched the Advanced RTU Campaign to encourage the replacement of existing rooftop units (RTU) with new high performance units.  These replacement RTU could … Continue reading

Are Service Records the Real Key to Energy Efficiency?

There is a direct relationship between building equipment maintenance and building energy efficiency.    Dirt, heat, corrosion and lack of lubrication, over time make HVAC and electrical equipment work harder.   That uses more energy and increases operating and maintenance costs. Are maintenance service records the key to energy efficiency and lower operating costs? I … Continue reading

You Can’t Email Knowledge:  Transforming Your Mechanical Sevices Practices.

Many mechanical service contractors operate on a transactional services model.   The final service product is often a document summarizing service hours and cost for the transaction, delivered to the customer by email.  Mechanical services become a commodity, easily replaced by a lower cost offer. Leading mechanical services firms are becoming more knowledge intensive, and knowledge intensity changes … Continue reading

The economics of Rooftop Units (RTU). Energy efficiency depends on your choices.

Rooftop Units (RTUs) are everywhere. Over 45 percent of the commercial real estate space in the US is cooled, and/or heated by packaged units. This equipment is usually exposed to the elements, on a rooftop or outdoor space. Exposure shortens equipment life, so well cared for RTUs have a life expectancy of about 15 years. … Continue reading

Why 57% of Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) fail (and how to fix them)

Many facilities managers have implemented Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) or Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) tools to help track building operations and maintenance, yet according to CMMSCity , 57% of facilities managers surveyed reported that these systems have not delivered the desired ROI. A Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) or Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) System … Continue reading

Operational Transformation: Managing Outsourced Facility Services

Outsourcing of facilities services, including preventative and emergency maintenance of mechanical and electrical systems, cleaning, landscaping security and other services, is a fact of life for most commercial and institutional property owners. When dealing with maintenance and asset management processes, outsourcing becomes a sticky problem; outsourced service providers must be managed, just like internal staff, … Continue reading

How THE SERVICE INTERNET Enables High Performance FM

It can be tough to manage a portfolio of buildings across a campus, even more difficult when your buildings are located across the country or around the world. Managing your portfolio to consistent, sustainable, high performance quality standards is even more challenging when dealing with properties managed and maintained by local contract service resources. BuiltSpace … Continue reading

Is energy data the missing piece of the energy efficiency puzzle?

This week I was invited by the White House to attend the 2014 Energy Datapalooza in Washington DC. Approximately 160 private and public sector guests, came together to connect, collaborate, and converse about how we can reduce costs, save energy and protect the environment. The session opened with comments from Todd Park, U.S. Chief Technology … Continue reading

Best Practices: Collaborate Your Way to Excellence.

Landing on the moon. Summiting Mount Everest. Exploring the Poles or ocean depths. Winning championships or winning a great client. Great things happen when people work together. Collaboration is the key to many accomplishments. Michael Sampson defines collaboration as – “People working with other people towards a common outcome.” Business is fast shifting landscape. It’s … Continue reading

BuiltSpace: Better Building Management

BuiltSpace’s integrated, collaborative facilities management solution brings all your building information into one place, in the cloud, available from almost any mobile device or computer. BuiltSpace integrates people and the physical building, using machine readable QR codes to identify spaces and equipment, allowing stakeholders to effectively, and efficiently, work together improve their built environment.

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