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Insights and helpful tips for facilities managers and property owners

5 Icebreaker Tips for Networking at Tradeshows 

5 Icebreaker Tips for Networking at Tradeshows 

You stride through a bustling conference hall, alive with excited chats and enthusiastic handshakes. In your pocket, a stack of freshly printed business cards. In your head, a well-rehearsed elevator pitch. You're confident and...

BACnet Basics: What are Device Profiles?

BACnet Basics: What are Device Profiles?

In this article in our BACnet Basics Series, we look at Device Profiles, why they’re important and how they’re created. We’ve also included a real world example that illustrates how to use device profiles to accurately specify...

5 Beginner Tips for Video Job Interviews 

5 Beginner Tips for Video Job Interviews 

Today more job interviews are being held via conference call apps like Zoom and Teams. Those looking to nab their next gig are jumping on a Zoom call to chat with prospective employer half way around the world. While a video job...

BACnet Basics: What are BIBBs? 

BACnet Basics: What are BIBBs? 

Every complex topic or field needs a helpful naming system. Scientists name flora and fauna by genus and species. Even astronomers have their own planetary nomenclature. Standard naming conventions do just that—they standardize...

Effective Cybersecurity Habits for Your BAS 

Effective Cybersecurity Habits for Your BAS 

Properties need effective cybersecurity measures. Cybercriminals don’t just attack high profile companies and governments; they target small to medium businesses too. Computer viruses range from annoying adware infiltrating your...

What is an Overtime HVAC System?

What is an Overtime HVAC System?

If you have commercial tenants, they've likely scheduled heating or air conditioning outside of your building’s usual business hours. Managers and owners commonly refer to these extra hours as overtime HVAC, after-hours HVAC,...

Light Flicker and Its Effects on Tenant Health

Light Flicker and Its Effects on Tenant Health

Successful properties have lighting that suits the needs of their occupants. Proper lighting can boost productivity, mood and an overall sense of worker wellbeing. While bad lighting can do the opposite. Light flicker is...

5 Tips for Surviving Supply Chain Issues

5 Tips for Surviving Supply Chain Issues

Are you finding it hard to procure office equipment? Is your supply closet running short on toilet paper? Supply chain issues are a global problem, and shortages are hitting every sector. Office managers in the U.S. are finding...

3 Ways Your HVAC System Impacts Fire Protection

3 Ways Your HVAC System Impacts Fire Protection

Fire protection systems are one of the most complex and ubiquitous structures within facilities today. They contain many parts intertwined with other building components. For example, emergency lighting and smoke detectors wire...

Best FM Online Learning Resources for 2022

Best FM Online Learning Resources for 2022

In our quest to compile a list of the best FM online learning resources for 2022, we looked at several important factors. For one, we wanted a good mix of quality and convenience. Some FMs will be looking for professional...

4 Common Types of Touch Screens and How They Work

4 Common Types of Touch Screens and How They Work

Touch screens are ubiquitous. We use them at the grocery store to check out, and at the airport to check in. They’re at visitor center kiosks, our banks, our homes and even in our cars. And today, because they’re the primary...

What is the Niagara Framework?

What is the Niagara Framework?

The Niagara Framework (NF) is developed by Tridium, and if you visit the company’s website, you will learn Niagara is a “comprehensive software platform for the development and deployment of connected products and...

Positive vs Negative Pressure Rooms

Positive vs Negative Pressure Rooms

Many industries use pressurised rooms to stop cross-contamination between one area of a building and another. For example, semiconductor makers use positive pressure rooms (PPR) to ensure their integrated chips are free of...

Communication and the Art of Influence

Communication and the Art of Influence

In every act of communication, we strive to influence others. Even when our communication is simply to inform, we seek to align someone else’s view of reality to ours. While we can influence others’ behaviors, the higher aim is...

The FM Checklist for SaaS Procurement

The FM Checklist for SaaS Procurement

Software-as-a-service (SaaS) is a growing trend in FM because of several advantages cloud-based services deliver over in-house development. For one, it’s generally cheaper to outsource your software needs rather than spend time...

6 Skills FMs Will Need Beyond 2021

6 Skills FMs Will Need Beyond 2021

Facilities managers must master many skills to be effective. Communication, multi-tasking, technical knowledge, and resilience to name a few. But in a market disrupted by pandemics, climate change, tech innovations and new...

Ransomware: Protecting Your Facilities

Ransomware: Protecting Your Facilities

Ransomware attacks are now a global threat. Between 2019 and 2020, attacks rose by 62% worldwide according to the 2020 Internet Crime Report. Attacks like the Colonial Pipeline in May 2021 are high profile cases that garner...

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