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Insights and helpful tips for facilities managers and property owners

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...

5 Technical Writing Tips for Facilities Managers

5 Technical Writing Tips for Facilities Managers

Technical writing skills are essential for today’s facilities managers, who must produce a wide range of communications for a variety of readers. One day, you might be writing a CAPEX proposal for an executive, the next pinning...

Documenting Your After-Hours AC for NABERS

Documenting Your After-Hours AC for NABERS

Counting every kWh your property uses is important for your NABERS Energy Rating assessment. The more detailed your records, the more accurate your rating will be. Getting a true picture of your energy consumption means...

Tips for Calculating an After-Hours AC Rate

Tips for Calculating an After-Hours AC Rate

After-hours HVAC charges are a sticky OPEX budget item. Normal core hour rates are predictable. Power providers determine your property's kWh costs for you. But with after-hours AC, managers must calculate the hourly rate...

What is After-Hours HVAC?

What is After-Hours HVAC?

Definition: After-hours HVAC is the delivery and maintenance of a facility’s heating and air-conditioning services, outside regular operating hours, for the benefit of a tenant. Tenants pay an hourly rate (usually specified in a...

4 Reasons to Automate Your After-Hours HVAC Program

4 Reasons to Automate Your After-Hours HVAC Program

If you haven’t yet automated your after-hours HVAC program or, worse, have no program at all, you’re missing out on benefits that maximise your staff productivity and cut out wasted time. Automation also helps increase tenant...

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