Operations

BIM

Enhanced facility management through BIM

When properly implemented, BIM can greatly improve the productivity and efficiencies associated with the planning and development of virtually any project. Here's how.
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ASHRAE releases HVAC handbook

The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has released two new reference guides for the facility management community.
Birds

A proactive approach to bird control

Pest birds can quickly become a nuisance once they’ve turned your business into their next roosting and nesting site. Here's how to take your property back.
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Improving safety programs on campus

National Safety Month is an excellent reminder to conduct an audit of existing infrastructure and determine where upgrades can be made.
Alberta energy efficiency programs

Alberta energy efficiency programs in question

Ontario draws on the legacy of more than a dozen years of programming, while Energy Efficiency Alberta has had little time to capture public or capital planners' attention.
Ontario Fire Code

Ontario Fire Code to add steeper fine bracket

More stringent fines and an extended period for prosecutions are slated to come into force 30 days after the Ontario legislature adopts the Budget Measures Act.
SmartBuilding

Smart building retrofits: What’s holding you back?

As building owners and facilities teams consider upgrading to smart building infrastructure, here are three broad scenarios that may be holding them back.
IT

Developing an IT roadmap in facility management

The IT Community of IFMA is often asked how to get started with IT in facility management and how to develop a long-term strategy for FM IT solutions.
CaGBC

CaGBC launches energy disclosure challenge

The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) is challenging property stakeholders to be more open about their energy, water, and carbon usage. On March 27, the
Tim Hortons

Tim Hortons’ new HQ champions sustainability

Inside Tim Hortons’ move to a new sustainable head office in downtown Toronto that embraces the company’s Canadiana roots.
pipe flushing

Passing the lead test in institutional buildings

School plumbing systems require regular pipe flushing to keep kids safe. How sensors can help fulfill this duty amid failing grades at some facilities.
sound masking

How to maintain sound masking performance

Today’s interiors are even more dependent on sound masking for speech privacy and noise control.
carbon zero

Interest in zero carbon buildings on the rise

After one year of operation, the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC)’s Zero Carbon Building (ZCB) Program has marked several milestones.
outsourcing

Tips for outsourcing compact portfolios

FMs overseeing compact portfolios may consider outsourcing. However, there are several factors to weigh in choosing an approach.
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A safer melting product

Facility managers have been attracted to liquid ice melt/de-ice products in recent years largely because they are much easier to apply.
LEED v4.1

LEED v4.1 to focus on performance outcomes

LEED v4.1 O+M’s updates focus on performance outcomes, and not on prescriptive measures to improve performance.
cogeneration

Carleton University to get co-generation plant

Carleton University expects to fire up a new co-generation plant at its Ottawa-based campus next spring as part of its sophomore energy master plan.