2018 has been a year of change at BUILDINGS media, with the intent of putting you, the reader, even more at the center of our storytelling. In everything we do, we strive to make the job of facilities manager and building owner easier, and bring you the information in the most efficient way possible.
In no way has this been more of a shift than by posting articles online more often, with a focus on newsy topics and how they relate to facilities and property management. We want to be your resource for news and current topics so you have up-to-date content at your fingertips.
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In 2018, we focused on a variety of topics and content that resonated with readers, but also in the way we delivered it to you.
When news happens that could have implication on your facility and how you do your job, we create original content to help you understand how to prevent it, next steps or things to consider. And far and away, we know this is the type of content you read, so we’ll continue that in the future.
Politics is in every part of our lives, and how we do our job is no exception. A few political stories stood out this year:
Resurgence of Asbestos
Trade Skills Shortage
The executive order hopes to “foster an environment of lifelong learning and skills-based training, and cultivate a demand-driven approach to workforce development.”
Other popular news articles from this year include a focus on planning for emergency situations and how you can best avoid or minimize them from happening in your facility:
In short, make sure your Emergency Action Plan is up to date.
Have an active shooter plan in place. We shared information on the NFPA 3000 standard for active shooter and hostile events. We even went through our own active shooter training at our own company and it was eye-opening.
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We enjoy writing about the unusual as much as you have shown you like reading it. Some of our (and your) favorites include buildings in interesting locations:
Leaning Tower of... San Francisco?
La Segrada Familia
Dinner Under the Sea
Technology is rapidly moving and changing. We stay on top of trends and information to help you decipher what’s important and how to make the most of your information and investment. Two areas include:
- Internet of Things (Iot): They consist of sensors, meters, appliances and other devices that can send or receive data. IoT devices can serve your facility by monitoring and providing information for energy, equipment, environmental quality, space utilization and more. Find out if it’s the right investment for your building and discover the 10 ways IoT is changing elevators.
- Analytics: Machine learning uses information you already have to provide insights about future use, helping your building and equipment run more efficiently. Determine if predictive analytics is possible in your facility and how to optimize your facility with data analytics.
For example, 10 Tips for Green Building Certification helps you determine if or what certification is right for your building, and includes a downloadable chart breaking down the different programs to compare side by side.
Other sustainability articles that resonated with readers are:
Net Zero Building
Eight plug loads that consume the most energy. You might be surprised how small items can add up to a large energy drain. One way to tackle it is creating an energy audit to see where and how you can save.
Heat Island Effect
Living Green Walls
This year we also focused on new ways to deliver content to you, including our newest offering: the BUILDINGS podcast.
Showing off your use of reclaimed materials is more than a contribution toward your green building certification – it’s a statement that your organization cares about the environment.
Your building’s story can reflect the community around it.
From express listens – brief recordings that last just a few minutes, but let you know quickly what trends we are seeing – to longer conversations with staff and subject matter experts – we want to keep you informed.
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(We even have digital vintage editions of BUILDINGS magazine from as far back as 1913.)
As we reflect on a year packed full of timely information and look forward to 2019, we will continue our commitment to providing you current, relevant content so it’s easier to do your job better.
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