Operations

housekeeping

Healthcare engineers trek regulatory landscape

Rental housing landlords sometimes think of themselves as the most regulated real estate operators, but healthcare engineers and facilities managers make a good case for claiming that title
Building_Technology

Real estate reaps smart technology paybacks

Real estate owners/managers point to the efficiencies and savings that can come with real-time monitoring and operational responses, which also support asset value and competitiveness in the marketplace.
luxury vinyl tile

LVT gains ground in commercial markets

Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) is gaining ground. The luxurious-looking product also promises a long lifespan, but this requires proper care.
Water

Change to Toronto sewers bylaw on tap for Jan. 1

One of two sewers bylaw changes that are expected to trickle down to building owners and managers is on tap for the New Year.
pest management

Lighting the path to improved pest management

Most facility managers don’t consider pest management when designing and installing lighting systems in and around their properties, but they should.
Kitchener Public Library

Kitchener Public Library gets digital reboot

Kitchener Public Library’s $40-million renovation and expansion, completed in September 2014, responded to a new digital reality.
Generator

The case for load testing standby generators

Period load testing may be costly, but leaving a facility in the dark is costlier. An expert explains how to fix generator problems before outages occur.
microbeads

RFPs: The cost of outdated specs

What building owners and managers don’t know about the changing world of the professional cleaning industry may be costing them.
Building_Technology

Do research before rolling out new facilities tools

The search for tech solutions that will address all priorities competing for limited capital has led some to put the technology “cart before the horse”.
Design

BIM’s value throughout the building life cycle

Experts share how facility managers can fully capture the benefits made available in BIM throughout the building life cycle.
LED light

Three highlights of switching to LED fixtures

LED technology has become a simple, most cost-effective way to not only cut operating costs, but also measurably reduce environmental impact.
International Year of Light

International Year of Light radiates potential

UNESCO has proclaimed 2015 the International Year of Light to shine a beacon on scientific achievements, reflect on possibilities and promote a spectrum of related economic and sustainable development objectives
energy reporting

Toronto puts energy reporting proposal on pause

An energy reporting requirement for large buildings is likely coming to Toronto. The only question is: Will it come from the city or from the province?
investing

The case for continuing FM education

On-the-job experience alone can create great employees, but continuing FM education keeps facility managers progressing in their careers.
hygiene

Four lessons in communication for FMs

Skillful communication is critical to success in a variety of FM activities. Here are four lessons gleaned from experts at a recent IFMA Toronto event.
data

Small businesses underestimate data breach risk

One-third of Canadian small business leaders said in a survey that they have no protocol in place for storing or disposing of confidential information. But there are simple steps they can take to mitigate their data breach risk.
Storm

Build a business continuity plan in seven steps

No company wants to stop delivering critical services during disruptive incidents such as power outages. That's where the business continuity plan comes in.