May 2021 Content Feature: Operations & Maintenance

This May, we are focusing on operations and maintenance. Here are 12 pieces that cover fire alarm safety, the history and evolution of facility management, proactive maintenance strategies for operational value, and more.

Some of the following features require IFMA Member or Knowledge Pass access.

Open Access

Choosing the Right Dumpster for Your Facility
When renting a dumpster, deciding on a size isn't always easy. Many factors go into choosing a dumpster size, such as waste type, amount of waste, available sizing, and your business's needs. Check out this simple guide to selecting the right sized dumpster for your facility.

Reduce Tenant Complaints with HVAC Proactive Maintenance
HVAC sustainability is about understanding equipment costs and driving maintenance and energy efficiency based on impact to the bottom line. Proactive maintenance will improve operating costs and your relationship with key financial stakeholders.

Improving Facilities Work Management Using Statistical Process Control (SPC)
Learn how a leadership team acquired standard performance metrics to measure the effects of current/improved processes and manage their implementation using four measurement categories: customer satisfaction, cost/efficiency, cycle time and defects.

Procurement of Facility Management
Published by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), this professional statement and guidance note discusses facility management procurement routes and processes. It provides information and guidance on the various factors that need to be considered throughout a procurement process, including activities and key decisions during planning, procurement and post-procurement.

Proactive Maintenance Strategies for Operational Value
Preventative (PM) and predictive maintenance (PdM) programs are central to success and a critical element of effective asset management. A formal program helps ensure the appropriate proactive maintenance strategy is identified, scheduled and executed for each asset.

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How Ventilation Affects Comfort
Edelman provides a thorough review of air filtration systems and their impact on facility management efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

Facility Management History and Evolution
By synthesizing the evolution of FM, this paper aims to answer the question, “Did the need to provide a separate name to describe the management of facilities arise as the nature of the business moved from core competence to business-critical?

Ensuring Occupant Health: Key Findings and Insights from Global Study of 21 Office Buildings
Most, if not all buildings, already have some of the sensors and data needed to prompt changes, that can measurably improve the health and well-being of building occupants. Based on findings from pilot studies of 21 office buildings, this paper summarizes the key wellness factors, their underlying science, and the business benefits of healthy buildings – along with the importance of making this information accessible to building occupants.

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An Inside Look at FM Outsourcing: Research Report 27
Results of a 2006 tracking survey on the practice of outsourcing in the FM field, performed to help FM professionals understand the strategic functions, reasoning, advantages/disadvantages and trends involved in the outsourcing decision and process.

Successful Transition in Outsourcing
This white paper shows how job transition impacts productivity, job satisfaction and customer satisfaction, and how a robust transition management plan can alleviate some of the negative consequences that such a transition may cause. A job transition can be a monumental and very personal event for the employees involved, and the process must be managed effectively, professionally and, above all, with deep respect for the individuals involved.

Trends and Issues Shaping the FM Profession
A 2014 presentation of the Corporate Facilities Council on primary and secondary trends that are leading assessment, change, and evaluation in FM.

Fire Alarm and Safety: Scope of Work
This Scope of Work template provides the basis of an agreement describing the necessary work to be performed in the area of fire alarm safety.

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