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Responsive Real Estate Services, The Collaborative Economy & the Internet of Things

Digital technologies are disrupting real estate markets, threatening to take people out of malls and commercial buildings in favour of digital marketplaces and shared virtual workplaces.    Assets, of all types, are being used in new collaborative ways, to maximize utility and minimize costs.   The Collaborative Economy, which has seen the rapid adoption of shared … Continue reading

How will we secure Things in the IoT?  In Virtual Rooms & Buildings of course!

Connecting Things to the Internet of Things (IoT) is easy.  Controlling access and securing them is more difficult.   Gartner expects 25 Billion Things connected by 2020.   Does that mean 25 Billion passwords to remember? Of course Thing level security will be aggregated through gateways and firewalls that isolate segments and limit access, but … Continue reading

How will we service The Internet Of Things?

There’s lots of hype about The internet of Things. What are these “things” that will each have an Internet address, be addressable by IP, and talk to each other in order to resolve problems, and make our lives better? And how will people manage, maintain and ultimately operate them to our advantage? “Things” will be … 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 RTUs: The R-22 Refrigerant Problem

There could be as many as 17 million rooftop units (RTUs) running banned R-22 refrigerant just servicing our commercial buildings. This creates a huge problem. As of January 1, 2020 the only available source of R-22 will be recycled refrigerant from units that you already own, or reclaimed R-22, processed by an EPA certified reclaimer. … 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

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