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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

Key Attributes for becoming Best-in-Class in Facilities Management

It’s only $29.74. That’s maybe the price of a decent bottle of wine, or a pair of cheap sunglasses. But this $29.74 is what separates being the best from being at the bottom. According to a 2010 Aberdeen Group study work order costs for a best in class operated facility was $4.18, whereas the laggards outlay … Continue reading

Pay attention to parasitic energy use in commercial building HVAC systems

A 1999 study by Detlef Westphalen andScott Koszalinski, Energy Consumption Characteristics of Commercial Building HVAC Systems  looked at parasitic energy consumption. Following are some excerpts from this study. If you own or maintain buildings, this is well worth reading. Parasitic energy use, the energy used to power the fans and pumps which transfer heating and … Continue reading

Maintenance Matters: The energy cost of HVAC air filters.

Every day your building loses energy efficiency, with occasional improvement as equipment is serviced. The “drift”, if left unchecked, could be as much as 30 percent of your energy energy consumption. How does this happen? A 2012 University of British Columbia study (Montgomery, Green & Rogak) considers the energy cost of filtering air through different … Continue reading

Eliminate software to manage your buildings, Simpler, faster, better

If you are frustrated with redundant, missing, or inaccurate information about your buildings, you probably have too much software, and too many computers. Simplifying operations by integrating or eliminating data silos can reduce data entry, administration costs, software licensing, hardware costs, and help you get the information you need to make better decisions. I’m not … Continue reading

ROI on energy efficiency for small building portfolios

Of the 4.8 million commercial buildings in the US, 98 percent, by number, are small or medium size (under 100,000 square feet). Options for larger buildings include real time BAS or EMIS systems where the economics of energy efficiency can justify a larger investment. How do we address the building stock of small and medium … Continue reading

QR codes: The new building code

Location specific QR codes connect occupants to building services. Mobile technology can improve occupant engagement and operational efficiency by providing better information about building condition when and where information is needed. Each sign contains a unique QR code which identifies the location of the space where the user is reporting an issue. Want to try … Continue reading

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