Playing the “Green” Card – How to Make Green = Green in Facilities…

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It doesn’t matter if you are a tree burner, tree hugger, or anything in between.  If your organization says “green” or sustainability is important to them, then it is important to you.  Does that mean you begrudgingly implement such programs?  No, rather leverage those corporate goals and objectives to solicit the resources you need to […]

Getting the Most Out of Your Buildings Through Commissioning & Retro-Commissioning

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Commissioning is far more than a checkbox on USGBC’s LEED building certification form or a task that the contractor was supposed to-do according to project specifications.  In fact, Commissioning (Cx) and Retro-Commissioning (RCx) are some of the most cost-effective means of ensuring your buildings are performing optimally and efficiently. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) released […]

Under-staffed? Under-funded? How do you get what you need for your Facility Management Program?

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Most facility departments are under-funded and under-staffed.  They act as modern-day MacGyvers trying to resolve the decline of aging systems and the increase of operational demands with a piece of gum, a ballpoint pen, and a paperclip – sound familiar?  This lack of resources and seeming disconnect with management perpetuates the costly firefighting cycle in […]

Continuing Education for BOC Level I & II? Check out “OGT”

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Calling all Building Operators & Engineers…  FM360 is excited to partner with IBOA, the Intermountain Building Operators Association, to provide monthly On-Going Training “OGT”. OGT is monthly, hour-long, educational webinars that will further advance the knowledge and capabilities of building engineers and operators to return value to their employers. OGT counts toward the necessary continuing […]

Are FMs prepared for the things that go bump in the night?

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An Emergency Response Management (ERM) Program is one of the most frequent deficiencies found in facility management.  Many have a company business continuity or disaster recovery plan, but most facility organizations do not have an ERM program in place that supports the organization’s plans. For example, do you know, according to your organization’s business continuity […]

Are facility management credentials worth it?

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Are you trying to enter or grow your career in the facility industry?  Do you want to gain more respect as a “facility professional”?  Looking to make more money?  Are you just trying to shake the stigma of “glorified janitor”?  If you answered “Yes!” to any of these questions, then you will want to read […]

Implementing a Robust Maintenance Program

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In our daily reactive firefighting, it is easy to get lost in the smoke.  We don’t realize how much of our time is spent spinning our wheels and the negative impact it has on our staff, our reputation, and the bottom line.  It is imperative that we take a step back and pull ourselves out […]

Perception is 9/10ths Reality… Managing Customer Perception & Expectations

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How much easier would your job be if you could use the Jedi mind trick?  ”You are not cold, the temperature is just right.”  “You enjoy your gray cubicle with dim lighting.”  “You don’t really need that dry erase board hung today.”  Okay, come back to reality…  The truth is you can’t (or at least shouldn’t) […]

FM360 Online Training – Leveraging a CMMS in a Facilities Program

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A CMMS (CAFM/IWMS) is the nervous system of a facility management program and as such is a valuable tool to the department.  This class will provide a comprehensive overview of how to utilize a CMMS to manage day-to-day operations and drive business decisions.  We will also talk about tips for successfully selecting and implementing a […]

Selling Your Business Case – Closing the Deal…

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As we discussed in FM360’s previous article, The In-Your-Face Business Case , it is one thing to assemble your business case; it is another to sell it… Selling your business case (or any other proposal to management) starts long before you enter the meeting room to present your case.  “Selling” is an on-going, active effort […]