Don’t Write Off Good Business Writing

Communication skills are an essential part of any industry. Good business writing can communicate ideas in ways that neither spoken nor visual media can express. The written word carries the greatest authority and conveys the most credibility. 

Good business writing provides the following advantages to communication:
Ensures consistent, uniform delivery of your message.Enables you to communicate with those you cannot reach in person.Extends the useful life of your message by making your message more memorable.Provides a form of self-checking to assess whether your thoughts are clear and organized.Good writing is built on good ideas, but good ideas do not automatically produce good writing. If your ideas are mediocre, no amount of skill can conceal this weakness. 

Good business writing requires these four foundations:
Clear organization of your thoughts.Logical development of an argument.Appropriate writing style and vocabulary.Attention to grammar, spelling, punctuation, and syntax.1. Cle…

Pumps: Daily, Quarterly, and Annual Preventative Maintenance

Pumps are designed to accomplish two tasks: overcome friction and move fluids by changing the pressure of a fluid or gas. To have pumps running efficiently for years, operators should perform routine inspections of its equipment. Daily MaintenanceOperators should record the following items in a daily log:
Suction and discharge pressure.Suction and discharge temperature.Makeup water in Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM).Pressure drop across the strainer.Using these finding as a benchmark will come in handy when evaluating additional items in quarterly and annual maintenance checks.
Quarterly MaintenanceA quarterly inspection of pumps is essential in detection of the following items:
Leaks: Damaging leaks will most likely occur around the mechanical seal. If there is any leakage, investigate the cause and fix the problem right away as this can lead to greater issues later.Lubrication: All pumps require proper lubrication of the pump bearings, motor bearings, and the shaft seals. It is e…

4 Ways to Show Professionalism in Facilities Services

The quality of facilities operations and maintenance services is the primary criteria by which customers judge the entire facilities management department. While the facilities manager can measure the performance of operations and maintenance services, corporate executives may gauge your success by the customers’ perception of those services.

Facilities management employees and contractors can enhance the customers’ perception of facilities services personnel by adhering to: proper identificationproper attireappropriate demeanor and conductethical standardsProper IdentificationAll personnel should wear some form of identification, such as a name tag or photo identification card. Proper identification contributes to customers’ confidence and comfort level with the service delivery staff.
Proper AttireThe professional image of workers who deliver services is important. Grooming and dress code policies should be defined in writing and explained to personnel when they are hired. Typically, s…

5 Climatic Conditions That Influence a Building's Energy Use

As you work to manage energy costs by paying attention to the systems in your facility, keep in mind that a number of factors beyond your control will affect the amount of energy you use. 

These 5 climatic conditions will influence a building designer’s choice of building orientation, configuration, and envelope, as well as a building’s energy requirements for heating, cooling, and ventilation.
1. Temperature VariationsDaily or seasonal temperature variations will affect the size and selection of mechanical and electrical equipment. Daytime variations are often a result of the topography of a specific building site. For example, a building located at the base of a mountain is likely to have a large range of temperature variations due to different temperature air masses moving up and down the mountainside.

Large variations also occur in desert regions and other areas that have a high percentage of clear skies and sunshine. During the day, the ground heats up from the large quantity of sun…

Which Sustainability Program is Best for Your Building?

Many organizations offer programs to help you measure or plan sustainability initiatives. The hardest part is choosing the best option for your building. We've done just that and present you with four options to help find the right fit for your next building improvement initiative.

Energy StarThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) jointly with the U.S. Department of Energy has established the Energy Star program. The focus of the program is to save money and protect the environment through energy-efficient products and practices. 
Highlights: - Energy and water conservation focus.
Portfolio Manager: the most important part of the program for a building owner or manager. This tool is free and focuses on conservation of both energy and water in facilities. 

Using Portfolio Manager, you can:
Set investment prioritiesIdentify under performing buildingsAssess energy management goals over timeIdentify strategic opportunities for savings and recognition opportunitiesFor more informa…

Benchmarking for Sustainable Building Investments

As we approach World Green Building Week, we are reminded to build, maintain, and invest in energy efficient buildings.

Making smart building investments is key in commercial real estate. Benchmarking is an everyday practice that allows us to understand how well a building is performing against our expectations. We can compare a building’s performance to similar buildings or against a performance level.
Asset vs. Operational BenchmarksFocusing on building energy-efficiency, there are two primary types of benchmarks: asset and operational.

Asset Benchmarks measure abuilding’s predicted energy performance based on physical and structural characteristics. 

To create an asset benchmark, an engineer conducts an energy simulation of the building’s design characteristics and installed systems using a set of standard operating conditions. These benchmarks provide a clear picture of how a building is expected to perform based only on its physical features.

Asset benchmarks are most commonly applied…

"Insure" Your Building Survives a Hurricane

When disaster hits, one immediate challenge is to return to normal business operations. Your tenants and your employees rely on it for their livelihood. While hurricanes are extreme examples, even much less severe events can impact the business.

When a building or business personal property is damaged, the resulting financial loss is not limited to the physical damage to the property. The loss of income the business suffers can often be greater than the monetary loss caused by the damage to the property itself. 

Here are the 5 types of insurance to protect against income loss:

1. Business Income Insurance:enables a firm to protect itself against the loss of income suffered because of physical damage to insured property. 

A common example includes losses suffered by property owners and managers when serious property damage (hurricane, fire, collapse) prevents them from collecting rent. This insurance would cover net income plus continuing expenses from the date of the loss to the time that…