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    Becoming Proactive About Snow and Ice Removal

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Mar 7, 2018 8:28:25 PM

    Severe winter storms not only disrupt business, they also can put your employees and visitors to your building at risk for injury. The best way to limit potential harm caused by blizzard conditions is to make sure you have a plan in place to minimize risk. Here are the essential actions you should take before a storm approaches.

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    Topics: Facility Management, Winter

    A Winter Storm Preparation Checklist for Your Facility: How to Prepare Your Business for Winter Storm Conditions

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Nov 16, 2017 8:57:00 AM

    Severe winter storms not only disrupt business, they also can put your employees and visitors to your building at risk for injury. The best way to limit potential harm caused by blizzard conditions is to make sure you have a plan in place to minimize risk. Here are the essential actions you should take before a storm approaches.

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    Topics: Facility Management, Winter

    Staying Safe When Removing Snow and Ice from Your Facility's Roof

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Aug 4, 2017 7:24:01 AM

    Preventing safety hazards and minimizing the risk of damage to your facility during the winter months can be challenging, especially when you need to deal with removing snow and ice from its roof. These elements tend to adhere to shingles and other roofing materials and, if left alone, can lead to excessive snow build-up, ice dams, and potential roof cave-ins, putting your facility’s interior and exterior at risk.

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    Topics: Facility Management, Winter

    How to Cut Your Facility's Energy Costs in Winter Without Skimping on the Essentials

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jul 14, 2016 7:00:00 AM

    Facility managers are well aware of the need to keep energy costs low during winter, which is the most expensive season of the year in terms of energy costs, but they cannot afford to "skimp on the essentials" in order to accomplish energy efficiency.

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    Topics: Facility Management, Facilities Maintenance, Winter

    3 Ways to Attain Maximum Energy Efficiency This Winter

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jul 12, 2016 7:00:00 AM

    Maximizing your facility's energy efficiency this winter should involve a multiple-front approach, covering such things as upgrading your insulation, locating and eliminating air leaks, and installing more energy-efficient doors and windows. Besides these aspects, however, there are three other ways to reduce the amount of energy your facility requires to run properly:

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    Topics: Facility Management, Roofs, Winter, Energy Efficiency

    8 Facility Management Experts Share Their Strategies for Winter Budgeting

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jun 19, 2016 2:40:22 PM

    We spoke to a number of facility managers to learn how they plan for winter, knowing that weather can be unpredictable – that is, what happened last year or the year before will not tell you what to expect in the coming winter.

    We asked them to answer these questions:

    1) What allocations do you consider when planning your winter cost analysis and budget?

    2) How did your budget last year stack up? What are the top three things you are going to do differently/better this winter?

    Here’s what they told us:

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    Topics: Winter

    The Importance of Building Resilience To Your Facility This Winter

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Feb 4, 2016 4:30:00 AM

    During the winter, day-to-day wear and tear and expected seasonal challenges like heavy snowfall on the facility roof or the effects of salt and the freeze/thaw cycle on pavements, certainly do most of the damage to facilities. However, winter is also a time when unexpected disasters, both natural and manmade are more common than at other times of the year. Thus, it behooves facility managers to include in their winter preparations an attempt to bolster property resilience against the impacts of such disasters.

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    Topics: Property Maintenance, Commercial Property Management, Facility Management, Winter, Facilities Maintenance, Winter Safety

    Breaking Down SIMA's Snow and Ice Glossary

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jan 26, 2016 4:30:00 AM

    There’s one resource that you’ll notice continually popping up in our blog posts and articles--SIMA, the Snow and Ice Management Association.

    We’ve shared their Key Performance Indicator checklist for snow removal with you, we’ve recommended them as a resource for training your team for snow removal, and we consistently turn to them to stay up to date on new trends and great information in the snow and ice world.

    Recently, they’ve released another such great resources--a Standard Glossary of Terms for snow and ice professionals.

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    Topics: Insider, Snow Removal, Facility Management, Snow Melting, Winter, Facilities Maintenance

    Power Problems: Electricity Concerns That Facilities Face in Winter

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jan 13, 2016 4:30:00 AM

    Facility managers may experience electrical problems at anytime throughout the year, but winter brings with it an increase in both the number and severity of power problems. During cold weather, electricity becomes more critical than ever since building occupants must be kept warm and, in northern climates, pipes must be kept from freezing.

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    Topics: Property Maintenance, Facility Management, Winter, Facilities Maintenance, Winter Safety

    The Importance of Disaster Training: How to Handle the Unexpected

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Dec 30, 2015 11:30:00 AM

    We all wish we could live in a world where disasters do not exist, but the reality is that a wide range of different types of disasters can strike at anytime, endangering the safety of your building's occupants and causing damage to the building itself.

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    Topics: Property Maintenance, Facility Management, Winter, Facilities Maintenance, Emergency