Budding Success with Green Roof Incentives

The silver city townhomes in Milwaukee, WI, earned a $172,278 grant from the Metropolitan Milwaukee Sewerage District toward its green roof project.PHOTO CREDIT: XERO FLOR AMERICA LLC If you want your next roofing project to come up roses, you might consider growing some up there – and if you really want to gild the lily, plant some incentive funding into the plot. …

Getting Back On Energy Budget After a Rough Winter

Most of the country had a pretty rough winter, and that led to a lot of people going over their energy budget. What can facility managers do now that the weather’s improving to help make up for some of that spending? Spring is an excellent time to take stock of a building’s annual utility expenses and map out an energy …

Facility Managers Can Educate Tenants To Reduce Complaints

One effective strategy for minimizing the number of complaints is to educate building occupants about the situation that is generating the complaints. Consider this story from Joan Woodard, president and CEO of Simons & Woodard Inc. Canada geese can be pests, so you’d think a story involving them would be about complaints around the noise, their waste, or how aggressive they …

5 Ways Going Green is Great for Buildings

A recent study of facility management executives found that 5 percent had certified a green building before 2012, but that 29 percent plan to certify one in 2013. That growth in the market for green buildings will ripple through the industry. Over the next ten years, buildings will become more grid-responsive, resilient, efficient, energy-positive and networked. Grid Responsiveness A survey …

Using Smart Building Strategies To Meet Energy, Sustainability Goals

Executive summary: Many organizations are taking steps to make buildings more energy efficient and more sustainable. At the same time, many are implementing smart building measures. The results of a new survey of facility executives demonstrate that smart building measures are being used to improve energy and sustainability performance, and those measures have in fact proven to boost performance in …

Ignoring Occupant Complaints Can Be Tempting, But Often Leads To Further Problems

With all that goes into unpacking a complaint, facility managers might be tempted to just avoid addressing the issue altogether and hope it goes away. “Blatantly disregarded. Done,” said one survey respondent when asked for strategies in reducing frivolous complaints. Facility managers might be motivated by a variety of factors when choosing to ignore a complaint, says Tuveson. To be …

Temperature Complaints Are Most Common, Restroom Complaints A Distant Second

The single biggest complaint or request made to respondents of the Building Operating Management survey was temperature, with 68 percent of respondents saying this was their No. 1 issue, with restrooms coming in at a distant second at 10 percent. Temperature is also the largest daily source of complaints — 16 percent of respondents say they field a hot/cold call …

Wildlife Can Be Popular Or Pests, But Either Can Cause Occupant Complaints

Pesky wildlife can cause occupant complaints that the facilities management team must handle. But sometimes, wildlife complaints aren’t based on pests, but popularity. Managing relationships is not limited to humans, when you’re the FM. Canada geese can be pests, so you’d think a story involving them would be about complaints around their noise or waste. But Joan Woodard, president and …

How Facility Managers Can Handle Occupant Complaints

Did you hear the one about the employee who noticed an ant on a raisin on the floor and instead of picking it up and throwing it away, left a note for the facility manager, who happened to be out of the office for three days? Guess how many ants he found when he got back? Or how about the …