How Can You Enhance Your Facilities Knowledge?

In a facilities management (FM) industry that is constantly changing, how can you keep up?

Facility management once related merely to the physical maintenance and operation of buildings. As these activities became more complex and expensive, FMs gained additional skills to keep up with the growing demand - business management, architecture, engineering, real estate, construction, and human resources.

Here are three ways for an FM to enhance facilities knowledge in such a rapidly growing industry:
1. Education and Training
2. Professional Development
3. Industry Conferences and Tradeshows
Education and TrainingThe commercial real estate and facilities management industries place a high value on achieving a professional credential. Credentials are ideal for enhancing your career knowledge and skill sets.
BOMI CredentialsFacilities Management Certificate (FMC) is ideal for those who manage the ongoing operation and maintenance of facilities. Upon completion of this 3-course program, you will hav…

Think Twice About Making a Building Purchase

In the market for a new building material? Learn how sustainability plays a factor in the purchase of anything from a building to what goes inside!

Sustainability extends beyond the boundaries of a building. It includes the products and materials that are purchased for use in the building, whether paper products or equipment or construction materials. Before making any purchase, a building manager must consider whether the existing product can still be used. Often products are thrown away or recycled while still functioning due to a desire to have the best or newest product on the market.

Here we list the 4 kinds of sustainable goods a building manager should consider before making a purchase.
1. Longer-Life GoodsMost goods purchased in the U.S. have a relatively short usable life (six months or less), either because they are designed this way or because they are replaced by more efficient or technologically advanced goods. This poses a challenge for meeting high-performance sustainable …

Heating Equipment Guidelines for Facility and Business Owners

As the U.S. is in the heart of winter and subzero temperatures are apparent, it is important to understand the standard operating procedures (SOP) for heating equipment in order to protect yourself, tenants, and your building.

Whether you are a facility manager or business owner, proper maintenance of boilers and electric heating systems is crucial during the winter season.
Heating Equipment GuidelinesThe following 10 operating procedures for heating equipment include guidelines for both boilers and electric heating.
Boilers1. Inspect boilers for scale deposits. Scale reduces the efficiency of the boiler and can lead to overheating of the furnace, cracking of tube ends, tube fracture, possible explosion, and additional expenses for repair, downtime, and ensuring overtime.

2. Inspect the fireside of the furnace and tubes for deposits of soot, fly ash, and slag.

3. Adjust the air-to-fuel ratio as required to obtain clean-burning fire. Evidence of heavy sooting in short periods of time could …

Solutions to Roofing Emergencies & Repairs

A good roofing management program extends the life of the roof and maintains its ability to perform with minimal repair. 

Depending on your role in the property, you will need to communicate with your facility management team to confirm that this program is in place. It is important to keep an inventory of repair materials appropriate for the roofing system, as part of a regular maintenance program. This will facilitate quick repairs that can minimize damage.

Without consulting with your facilities team first about this program, roof leakage and property damage are likely, with repairs and replacement scheduled by crisis rather than by design.
Emergency Roofing RepairsThe best time to prepare for emergency repairs is before they are needed. Emergencies, by definition, require quick action, usually during severe weather that can cause dangerous conditions on the roof as well as inside. Electricity and water are a hazardous combination. It is important to protect occupants by closing off a…

Happy New Year 2019!

2018 was a year of advancement—from Leadership meeting with our Board to discuss current and future projects to the implementation of BOMI's new Learning Portal as an upgraded eLearning platform for learners. BOMI International continues to improve its practices and systems to better officiate your needs and career development.

LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT UPDATE Learning & Development has been working to modernize and advance BOMI’s learning experiences and programs.

In May of 2018, BOMI unveiled our newest learning experiences: Online Self-Paced and Live Virtual Learning. Online Self-Paced (OSP) is an independent learning experience enhancing our current Self-Study delivery method by allowing learners the use of BOMI's Learning Portal. We’ve debuted five initial courses and are working on adding three more to the mix by Fall 2019!

In Fall 2018, we began an 11-part Live Virtual Learning (LVL)Pilot Series with Cushman & Wakefield. This program allowed Cushman & Wakefie…

Electrical Safety During the Holidays: Part 3

In Parts 1 and 2 of this blog series, we spoke about the proper work practices, understanding specialized equipment, and implementing lockout/tagout procedures for electrical safety. The last guideline when working with or around electricity is being prepared if something were to go wrong.
Emergency ActionsIf emergency conditions caused by faulty electrical equipment arise, they must be addressed immediately. 

There are two steps to take in the following order:
1. Extinguish any threat to human safety or human life.
2. Address threats to equipment and other materials.
Human InvolvementWhen a person becomes the path of least resistance for an electric current, they must first be separated from the source of voltage. This is best accomplished by turning off the power to the circuit involved. Opening a circuit breaker or throwing a switch may be all that is required.

However, if the circuit can't be deenergized, the person must be removed from contact with the source. Under no circumstance…

Electrical Safety During the Holidays: Part 2

In Part 1 of this blog series, we spoke about what electrical safety is and the proper work practices. The next two guidelines when working with or around electricity are understanding the specialized equipment and implementing lockout/tagout procedures.
Specialized Equipment: Definitions & How to Use A variety of safety equipment is designed specifically for use around energized electrical circuits.

Ground Cables: Placing a ground cable on a piece of equipment and connecting it to a ground (ex: water pipe or indicated ground) creates a path of least resistance through the ground cable and reduces the chance that your body will become a path. Some equipment incorporates grounding connections as part of the installation.

Insulating Material: When you are required to work with or in close proximity to energized electrical equipment, consider using these insulating materials: 
Special rubber gloves and other materials designed to withstand high voltages. Protective sleeves and shoulder p…