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Your gateway to IFMA's FMJ magazine, Blog FMJ cuts to the chase on FM trends.

Contributed by authors of articles featured in the full magazine, blog posts provide additional coverage of concepts that will help you expand your FM practice.

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  • Addressing Facility Portfolio Business Risk

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    • David Isaacson, VFA, Inc.
    • | Feb 10, 2015

    Risk is inherent in any organization, and while organizations invest tremendous time, energy and money in managing many aspects of risk, they often underinvest in one major area: their facilities. A “risk-based” approach to infrastructure management can help FMs identify current and future risks within the building portfolio, prioritize projects and justify expenditures.

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  • Gaining Energy Savings Through Your Windows

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    • Steve DeBusk, Eastman Chemical Company/Vista Window Films
    • | Jan 16, 2015

    Window film has been used for decades to control solar heat gain through windows. By helping to reduce a building’s cooling load, window film decreases the amount of time that cooling equipment runs to maintain comfortable indoor temperatures. As a result, facility managers typically experience a level of energy savings somewhere between 5 and 20 percent, depending on the building’s glass type, window-to-wall ratio and cooling equipment, as well as the climate and type of window film used.

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  • What FMs Need to Know About Commissioning

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    • Scott E. LeClair and Matthew Wheeler, Fitzemeyer & Tocci
    • | Dec 12, 2014

    Commissioning is critical to the success of building projects and building operations. When FMs integrate commissioning into their processes, buildings run efficiently and meet their operational needs and occupants’ requirements.

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  • Sustainable Architecture and User Experience: Intent Versus Results

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    • Steven Orfield, Orfield Laboratories
    • | Nov 17, 2014

    The architectural and FM communities have a clear interest in the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, yet LEED is not strictly performance based. Many have a clear discomfort with the lack of science and research in the LEED program, which does not focus significantly on building performance or user experience.

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  • Good Smart Data You Can Easily Obtain

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    • Alana Dunoff, AFD Facility Solutions
    • | Nov 12, 2014

    It may be fairly easy for you to capture work order turn-around time, square foot per person and energy consumption data from your various automated systems and customer surveys. However, there is other powerful untapped data resource to which you have access that can also tell a great story.

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  • Diving into Risk Mitigation and Risk Matrix Development

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    • Lemelle Johnson, Celgene
    • | Oct 16, 2014

    If we lived in a perfect world, there would be no need for project managers. Business groups would identify needs and wants and would simply flip a switch to run projects to completion without a hitch, on time, on budget and providing the exact scope requirements. Unfortunately, we live in the real world where facility managers are faced with real projects, each of which has its own unique risks and rewards.

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  • Tips on Understanding the Collaborative Needs of a Business

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    • Jeff Avallon and Amanda Schneider, IdeaPaint
    • | Sep 17, 2014

    The first step in planning any successful, highly collaborative workplace is to understand how employees work. Some industries lend themselves to vibrant offices filled with plenty of cozy nooks for people to come together while others require larger spaces to facilitate frequent inter-departmental meetings. What workforce characteristics do you need to support? We put together a few quick tips based on our experience with specific industries.

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  • How Taking a Break Boosts Productivity

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    • Lisa Hamblet, Staples Facility Solutions and Services
    • | Aug 08, 2014

    There are many ways facility managers can help boost productivity around the office, but taking short breaks and providing snacks for employees is a simple way to quickly improve productivity.

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  • Reducing Corporate Real Estate: Flex Work/Hoteling Checklist

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    • Steve R. Pons, Direct Energy
    • | Jul 15, 2014

    Times are changing, and so is the typical workplace and work schedule. Flex work is one of many major changes that facility managers are facing, but if it’s a good fit for an organization and implemented properly can be a cost-saving measure.

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  • Keeping Appearances: Why You Should Hire Maintenance Specialists for Your Facility

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    • Tom Ward, MilliCare
    • | Jul 02, 2014

    Depending on the size and scope of your building, you work with a number of vendors for the ongoing maintenance of your facility. When considering the many facets of your building’s appearance, do you work with cleaning generalists or maintenance and care specialists? Knowing the difference could help you maintain a pristine image for your business, while also extending the life cycle of your investments.

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  • Take Control of Your Energy Savings

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    • Kane Kiester, Direct Energy Business
    • | Jun 23, 2014

    Managing a facility’s energy strategy is not top of mind for most facility managers. But think of it this way — a business would never move forward with getting insurance, a mobile phone plan or a fleet car without searching for the best deal. In a deregulated market, a company’s energy procurement should be shopped for in the same way.

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  • Managing Absenteeism through Occupational Health and Safety

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    • Mike Hickman, JLL
    • | Jun 16, 2014

    Today, many organizations have occupational health and safety (H&S) policies in place, but have yet to integrate them with the other business functions. However, it can be a costly mistake to center all attention on the high-risk part of the portfolio and overlook H&S in low-risk environments. A good case in point is absenteeism.

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  • Need for Change Order Management

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    • Paul R. Schreyer, The Gordian Group
    • | Jun 05, 2014

    For the majority of general building construction and renovation projects open for competitive bidding, the owner publishes a set of plans and specifications and requests the contractor to submit a lump sum bid to perform the work. There are generally no unit prices submitted with the bid. However, the best practice to ensure change orders are reasonably priced is to include preset unit prices in the original contract.

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  • Thermal Energy Storage Essential to Future of Clean, Renewable Energy

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    • Mark MacCracken, CALMAC
    • | May 28, 2014

    Renewable energy sources like wind and solar are by nature inconsistent. This poses a challenge since our power grid is designed to create and provide electricity as we consume it. Energy storage can help solve this problem by capturing renewable energy sited at a facility or away at a power plant when it is available and saving it for use when it is needed, therefore dramatically increasing the viability of cleaner sources of energy.

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  • Steps to Success at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport

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    • Michael Cheyne, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport & Kathy Roper, Georgia Institute of Technology
    • | May 20, 2014

    In order to gain insight on the most important areas for operational improvement to its centralized passenger terminal complex, the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) recently launched an operational assessment of its terminal complex and facility management processes in order to improve quality and customer satisfaction. The project, a joint effort by the City of Atlanta Depart of Aviation, AECOM and Georgia Institute of Technology, provided validation of some of the best practices found in aviation facilities operations and practices. Most are not unique to airports.

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  • Tubular Daylighting Devices – Considerations for Retrofitting Existing Spaces

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    • Michael Sather, Solatube International, Inc.
    • | May 13, 2014

    How do you determine the best tubular daylighting device (TDD) configuration and quantity needed for an existing space?

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  • Overcoming Hurdles to Sustainability

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    • Robert Kravitz, Altura Solutions
    • | May 06, 2014

    All types of organizations, businesses and facilities are now taking steps to become more sustainable. Many businesses are finding that this move offers many benefits beyond just being kinder to the planet and the communities in which they operate.

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  • Five Measures of Software Usability That Impact User Buy-In

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    • Chris Mumford, ManagerPlus
    • | Apr 30, 2014

    In the facilities management industry, the value of enterprise software solutions differs depending on the user in question. Key measures of usability can be formulated into the following question: Is the program effective, efficient, engaging, error tolerant and easy to learn?

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  • Advice for Implementing a Mobile FM Solution

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    • Marte Byrne, Boston Scientific
    • | Apr 24, 2014

    When word gets out that you’ve accomplished a successful deployment of a mobile FM solution, you may find yourself being asked for advice from others. The idea of providing mobile access to an FM solution is so logical, that just about everyone I encounter in the profession wants to do this (if they haven’t already), but some are still not quite ready to take the plunge.

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  • Modeling and Optimization in Strategic Space Management

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    • Michael May, University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Berlin
    • | Apr 03, 2014

    Cost reduction in estate and space management is a hot topic. While energy consumption is a major focus, it is often overlooked that a much larger potential lies in an efficient use of the available space. Space allocation is a tedious work and a great challenge for space and facility managers with considerable economic impact on the entire organization.

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