The 411 on TeleWorking (Part 1) – Why…

While teleworking may not be an option for many facility professionals, it is a growing trend that has significant impact on the assets they operate & manage.  For example, in 2007 Sun Microsystems reported annual savings of $68 million in real estate costs, $3 million in reduced power consumption, and $25 million in IT expenditures […]

TeleWorking Survey

TeleWorking has been a recent point of discussion in the facility industry over the past months.  As such, FacilityU is hosting this survey as part of our research in preparation for an upcoming article(s).  If you have implemented, managed, and/or participated in TeleWorking, we encourage you to complete the below survey. If you wish to […]

“Facilitopia” – A Brighter Vision for the Facility Industry

In speaking at the IBOA/Northern Rockies Chapter of IFMA’s 2nd Annual Facility Professionals Convention in Boise, Idaho this June, I shared my vision for the facility industry – I called it “Facilitopia”. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not looking for facilities to be the new glamour career.  The only fame we might get […]

From Boiler Room to Board Room by Brad Howlett, CFM

Let’s face it—the facilities management industry has been undervalued since buildings became more than shells.  While facilities specialists and operators realize this, usually top brass does not.  Buildings are believed to be static, boring, and simple, so why should they pay a business manager to run the facilities department when any ol’ janitor will do? […]

Commissioning & Retro-Commissioning – Helping You Get the Most Out of Your Facilities

Below is a link to the presentation given by John Rimer at IFMA’s 2013 World Workplace in Philadelphia. FM360 – Cx Presentation 2013   For more valuable articles and resources such as this, visit and sign-up for FM360’s Newsletter.

Architectural Trends – Designing for Function & Productivity

I know what you’re thinking, “What’s a facility guy doing writing about architecture?” “I thought architects and facility managers are supposed to be enemies…” While the two professions have typically collided in the past, trends in our industry are thrusting our two worlds back together – and shouldn’t they be? When you take a step […]

The Forthcoming Millennial Reign

There has been much talk about the exodus of the Baby Boomer generation (born 1946 to 1964) from the workforce, especially as more and more retire – estimated at a rate of 10,000 per day. The resulting impact and stress it will create on businesses and productivity has many worried about the economy and inability […]

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The 411 on TeleWorking (Part 2) – How…

My first exposure to an organization fully embracing remote working options was Sun Microsystems in 2001.  Sun Microsystems had just completed a study that revealed on any given business day 25% of their staff was out of the office sick, traveling, or on vacation.  That meant that 25% of their real estate, in the expensive […]