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Lighting Controls 101: Codes, Energy Efficiency, Occupancy Sensors And More

An overview of lighting control options, and how they can be utilized to meet code requirements, enhance a building’s energy performance, and positively impact interior environments

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Developing Your Energy Management Program

Whether embarking on a new program or looking for avenues to increase efficiency in an existing program, discover the key components for success

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The 17 Gaps That Sabotage Your Emergency Plans

Learn what laws, regulations and standards apply to your emergency planning, training and exercises

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Implementing A Successful Asset Management Program

Key elements of asset management guidance and tips on how maintenance and engineering managers can implement them

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How To Clearly Develop Scope Of Work

Scope of work that is too vague or too detailed lead to problems. This template is based on real-world case studies

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Preparing For An Active Shooter Event

Learn basic prevention techniques, employee training options and emergency response protocols for active shooter events

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Best Practices For Testing Standby Power Systems

Standby power system testing, although often misunderstood and misapplied, is critical to the reliability of a modern power system

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Building Technology Has Advanced – It's Time We Catch Up

Learn how new technology can be put to work for the betterment of departments and help resolve the growing skilled labor shortage

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Facilities 101: A High Level View Of Facility Management

A discussion on financing, regulations, customer service, planning, maintenance and construction — and the pitfalls to avoid

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How Workplace Design Can Enhance Company Culture And Values

A real-world case study in office design that adhered to corporate standards but still allowed for regional influences

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Are Employees Working Or Looking Busy?

Smarter utilization of employees can lead to more efficient schedules and accurate staff sizes. Learn how in this short video

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Drone Mapping And Laser Scanning Are Transforming Facilities Management

Drones and laser scanning have the ability to provide a broad aerial view, as well as collect high precision data that can be used by facility managers

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Achieving A Strategic Vision In Facilities Management

Hear from facility executives on to how start the process of strategic visioning and understand how industry standards can help provide framework

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IEQ Complaints For Engineers And Managers

A poor response to an IEQ complaint can turn even a minor concern into a major expense or even a legal issue

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How Technology Is Changing The Built Environment

Preparing for smart buildings and immersive, personalized experiences

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What Facility Managers Can Learn From The Best Companies

Identifying the characteristics of the best-rated companies provides facility managers with insight into new or reinvigorated tools and techniques

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Justifying Investment In Your Facility Program

As an all-too-often advertised cost center, facility departments have a difficult time selling and obtaining approval for investment. Here's how to justify funding in your organization

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Great Teams Lead To Great Projects: People You Hire Matter!

The key to identifying high-performing teams is to allow them to leverage their expertise throughout the project cycle

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Leveraging Actionable Data

Facility management data alone does not add value. It must be refined through software-enabled intelligence for multi-site maintenance and management

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Building Successful Vendor Partnerships

Managing vendor relationships can be challenging. Learn insights and ideas that can be easily implemented to improve partnerships

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Auditing Audits

Selecting the audit that is right for your facility, project, compliance and budget

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Tribal Knowledge Transfer...The True Value And Real Risks

As Baby Boomers continue to retire, the problem of retaining their expertise and "Tribal Knowledge" grows

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Maintaining Energy Savings, Compliance, and Occupant Comfort Across Multiple Facilities

Analytic technologies allow an organization to centralize large amounts of building data and develop enterprise-wide strategies to manage key performance indicators

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Outdoor Water Conservation Principles And Products

With efficient irrigation practices, it is possible to reduce outdoor water consumption by 25 percent or more

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Top Facility Management Skills Needed To Succeed

Discover the four key functional knowledge areas and cross-functional competencies required of facility management today

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Justify Your Energy Efficiency Project

How managers can strategically use incentives to significantly decrease the amount of time it takes to recoup their investment on building equipment

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The Foundational Start To Smart Buildings

Appropriate asset management is the true starting point to get to a smarter building from the perspectives of building, operating and managing

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DE Measurement Data May Be Telling A Larger Story

Why accuracy matters, what to look for when numbers don’t match, and how serial communication helps alleviate discrepancies between BAS and TAB

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Building Relationships With Top Management

How to align the facility department with the goals for the entire organization and create a valuable relationship with management

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Information Flow To Frontline Employees

Too often, leaders create “in groups” and “out groups” of frontline employees, which damages teamwork

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Succession Planning and Institutional Knowledge Management Benchmarking

As many seasoned facility management professionals begin retiring, there will be a palatable lack of the institutional knowledge

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Building A Business Case For Your Project

In 15 minutes, discover a 4-step process you can use for making a business case for your project

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Solving Life-Cycle Vs. First-Cost In 15 Minutes

When investing in new projects, it's important to remember savings generated over the life-cycle of the facility and not get hung up on first-costs

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The Value Of Customer Service In Facility Management

Smart buildings, social media and other technology disrupters doesn't change the fact that customer service is still an essential component of facility management

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Digital Transformation Of The Workplace

In this quick video, learn how emerging technology such as voice assistance, artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles will transform facility management

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Charismatic Leaders Can Improve Morale

The best leaders have charisma. Yes, it is a natural talent, but it can also be taught and learned. Find out how in 20 minutes

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Use KPIs To Benchmark Your Facilities

This video briefly explores the power and usage of key performance indicators, both traditional data and outcomes-based performance measurements

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Secrets To Accelerate Your Career

Feel stuck in your career? Get help from a certified career coach and start advancing today

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Solving The Talent Crisis For Skilled Trades

Tips for recruiting, hiring and retaining the next generation of building operations employees and engineers

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Using IoT To Improve Occupant Experience And Increase Operational Efficiency

IoT-enabled BAS has an impact on the occupant experience, which can be valued at 100-times that of energy savings and 10-times building cost savings

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FEDSAT: Helping Your Agency Comply With The FBPTA

How the Federal Facilities Skills Assessment Tool can assess your knowledge of recognized high priority FBPTA performance

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Modernizing The FM Workforce

How you can find training and resources to optimize your building’s performance and defend your facility systems from cyber-attacks

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Comprehensive Facilities Management Using Enterprise GIS

This real-world case study shows how Enterprise GIS is used to strategically manage portfolios, make wise investment decisions and improve the bottom line

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Security Solutions To Prevent Workplace Violence

Learn the roles of security guards and crisis team personnel to de-escalate workplace violence and prepare against active shooters

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Systems Integration Is Key For Emergency Communications

In most facilities, the emergency communications system should be integrated with the building's information and communication technology systems

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Preventing Facility Systems From Becoming The Source Of A Cybersecurity Breach

HVAC, generators, elevators, lights: Facility Managers are increasingly responsible for systems that can expose businesses to a cyber-attack

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The Importance Of Healthy Workspaces

As facilities consolidate their office space, research efforts aim to create smaller, safer and more sustainable workplaces for current and future staff

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The Business Case For Connected Facility Managers

Justifying investments in IoT and smart buildings to leadership

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A New Funding Solution For Energy Infrastructure Replacement

Learn about a utility-based usage approach where a third party owns, operates, maintains and is responsible for the energy saving performance of the new equipment

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Assembling The Perfect Team Of Internal Staff And External Partners

Learn how to use a new assessment tool that combines human sigma with six sigma

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How One School District Saved 25 Percent Using CMMS

After adding CMMS, Grand Prairie Independent School District saved time, decreased work requests and reduced inventory items

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Promoting Careers In Building Operations And Skilled Trades

For years, facility managers have been challenged to recruit, hire, and retain the next generation of building operations employees. Get answers in this quick video

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Integrating IoT Technology With Existing FM Applications

Smart technology will enable old buildings and equipment to tell facility managers when they are having problems, which will improve maintenance and operational efficiencies

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Government Accountability Office: Recent And Future Work

An overview of the Federal Real Property Management High Risk Update