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Why The Human-Embedded IoT is the Future of Facility Management

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The IoT is a powerful industry that will (and currently) advance tech into a new era. An even more advanced IoT will be the future of Facility Management.

 

The Internet of Things (IoT) is drastically changing how people consume goods and services. One tap of a finger on their smartphone and people can get a ride, order a bite to eat, purchase tickets to a sporting event, schedule a meeting, and post on social media within minutes. Consumer-facing apps like Waze, Grubhub, and Uber have exploded into the lives of Americans because of the easy-to-use, intuitive features. They are the paragon of the ever-expanding self-service economy, where internet apps produce instantaneous fulfillment for the end-user.

 

As with all things however, the current IoT is lacking a highly critical piece of data to leverage on: people. The infinitely unique preferences of people offer powerful points of feedback that should be in the hands of decision makers, and has a variety of applications. One of these applications that could benefit highly from this human-embedded IoT is facility management. Read more

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The Four Most Underrated Duties in Facility Management

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The daily “unsung” job responsibilities in the facility management world are some of the most critical, so let’s shed some light on the top four.

 

Today, we’re dedicating a bit of time to some of the more “underrated” or “overlooked” aspects of a facility manager’s job—things that desperately need to be done, but often go unnoticed. Here are our top four: Read more

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Three Reasons why you should consider Clean Energy

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Clean energy has grown exponentially in the last decade and a half, maybe it’s time to consider new ways to power your buildings.

 

In recent years, clean energy/renewable energy has made large strides in market growth, consumption, and implementation in how people power their buildings. If you’re a property manager, here are three reasons why you should think about using clean energy in the future. It’s not a decision that has to be made today, but it is one that should be considered.

 

Here are some simple, but worthwhile reasons, why it’s time to start thinking about renewable energy:

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“Comfort Keys” Your Company Can’t Get Wrong

Master the 4 Comfort Keys!

Comfort at the office can disrupt productivity, and cause “unworkable” conditions. Make sure you follow these for “Comfort Keys.”

 

We understand that different organizations have different needs—and we work hard to make sure our solutions always allow for flexibility and customization. But, despite industry and personal preferences, there are still four aspects of building management that run consistent across every building we visit. GET THESE RIGHT! Read more

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The Costs of Comfort: How Much a Degree Will Run You

Use the three degree rule to manage the cost of comfort

A single degree of temperature can build up the costs of your heating, and building operations, significantly? Learn “the three degree rule,” and learn the true cost of comfort.

 

With some really cold days upon us, there’s a lingering temptation for tenants to continuously pump up the temperature on your building’s thermostat. But, as a facility manager—responsible for both comfort and costs—how does such a decision end up impacting the bottom line? Read more

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Buildings, their lifespans, and why they’re “Time-Tested”

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Buildings are unique in that they decay, age, and most importantly, adapt over time. Why is that?

 

Buildings are like the human body—they emerge from construction full of promise and potential. And yet, over time, systems become a bit more rickety, slower to respond, and generally less efficient. In such circumstances, the facility manager must play doctor, diagnosing the building’s issue and finding a suitable course of treatment.

 

But, why do buildings fail? Why are maintenance and system curation always part of the job? Read more

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Operational Costs: Where to Save

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Virtually every facility manager has been faced with a similar dilemma at some point in their career: how to cut costs without injecting discomfort or inconvenience to tenants’ lives. But, in order to cut costs, one must first understand the root of building expenses and where potential exists for change.

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Maintenance Mapping the Future of Building Architecture?

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The medical industry is currently in the midst of a dramatic reinvention, and it’s all due to an expanding field known as genomics. Here, scientists and doctors collaborate to review an individual’s genome (i.e. the entirety of their DNA) and identify risk factors based on that individual’s specific biological “code.”

 

Just like how a large volume of genomes, or “genetic data points,” is required to identify this risk factors, the same also can be said of buildings. In short: We can use a high volume of data points, like how doctors use genomes, in order to map several problems in the spaces we use.  Read more

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“Smart Automation” builds Smart Management

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We have talked about the limits of automation in the world of facilities management in our last couple of posts about the topic. However, that doesn’t mean that automation doesn’t have a place in the world of facilities management. In fact, we believe that any automation, and similar technologies that utilize the internet of things, will improve the field of facilities management.

 

The case being that a symbiosis of tech and (human) touch will increase the overall improvement of facility managers’ work. Let’s dive in:  Read more

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“Pipe Positives” for Colder Days

 

 

 

 

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It happens: a leak, pipe burst, or something with the plumbing puts a wrench in your perfect building infrastructure. Why is that? Well, it could be that it’s getting cold out, and the pipes have frozen. This can cause cracking, permanent damage, and can evolve into greater building issues.

In the infographic below by Nationwide Insurance, over 30,000 insurance claims were filed for burst pipes, and on average, the cost was $10,000 per claim! Read more