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3 Important Factors for Properly Designing a Fire Alarm System

Choosing and properly designing a fire alarm system is crucial for both the safety of your occupants and your bottom line. Let the following factors guide your next new construction or facilities upgrade project.

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Analog to IP: Make the Paradigm Shift

A number of commercial and institutional facility owners and management professionals are still trying to squeeze the last life out of legacy surveillance systems, unwilling to fully participate or unable to invest in the migration to Internet Protocol (IP)-based systems.

With the affordability of IP-based video surveillance systems, however, organizations can use this tool to leverage business intelligence gathering, maintain the safety of facilities, and attract and keep tenants.

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Dealing with Water Concerns Starts with Getting the Terminology Right

It is time to reconsider the terms we to discuss the protection and management of our water supply.

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What You Don't Know About Corrosion, Paint, and Coatings

Identifying these state-of-the-art repair systems is difficult. But the savings that can be obtained by understanding all of the alternatives relating to corrosion and erosion could save significant amounts of time and money.

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Ford Dearborn Truck Plant Green Roof at Ten Years

The Rouge green roof marked its official tenth anniversary in April 2013. In this interview, Roger Gaudette, director of asset management for Ford Land Corporation, discusses the history and performance of the green roof.

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Seven Ways to Prevent Football Stadium Accidents

Are fans getting more careless at football games? Since 2003, there have more than two dozen cases of fans falling at stadiums across the United States.

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Smart Acoustical Design for Healthcare

Healthy indoor environmental quality (IEQ) is not only integral to a patient’s healing process, but it can also help solve various industry requirements and regulations that pose particular challenges for health facilities. More specifically, careful acoustical design can help boost Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey scores, help meet Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI) for healthcare requirements, and even contribute points to LEED for healthcare.

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Employee Engagement: The Key to a Successful Sustainability Program

Communication and engagement are critical to an effective sustainability program. A building owner may be doing great things to help reduce the environmental impact of the property, but if no one knows about it— or helps contribute to the progress— the initiative loses impact.

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Tips for Fire Sprinkler Maintenance

As a facility manager it is essential to make sure your sprinkler system is properly maintained in order to ensure the health of your building and its occupants.

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What are the Benefits of Phenolic Material?

Those who have incorporated phenolic products in their projects understand the benefits of phenolic, but for those who haven’t, here is what every architect, designer, and building owner should know.

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