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FCA Approach: Modeling or Comprehensive?

Posted by Dan Harrison on Sep 6, 2018 1:31:35 PM

This is the fourth in an occasional series on this topic.

Previous posts have discussed deferred maintenance and illustrated the need to address total renewal needs, not just deferred needs. Options for measuring portfolio condition have been explored. We’ve looked at the establishment of funding targets based on desired conditions. Implicit in all these actions is the need to first determine what the existing renewal needs are and their costs. This installment addresses the two primary, often competing, means of conducting a facility condition assessment (FCA) .

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Topics: Deferred Renewal, Deferred Maintenance, Facility Renewal Needs, Lifecycle Modeling, Facilities Condition Assessment, Facilities Database, FCA, Condition Assessments

Establishing Renewal Funding Rates

Posted by Dan Harrison on Jul 2, 2018 3:13:18 PM

This is the third in an occasional series on this topic.

We have now established that facilities renewal funding is a requirement, and deferred renewal is an all-too-constant fact of life. So, what should your renewal funding rate be? Our previous blog concluded that 2.0 to 2.5 percent of plant value is an acceptable range. But that is not always fiscally possible. What then should a facility manager do? Just give up? That’s not an acceptable option for a professional to follow, so let’s look at some guidelines for setting acceptable renewal rates.

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Topics: Facilities Condition Assessment, Deferred Renewal, Facility Renewal Rates, FCNI, FCI

Facilities Renewal Rates

Posted by Dan Harrison on Apr 27, 2018 2:22:23 PM

This is the second in an occasional series on this topic. In this installment we will focus upon facilities renewal rates. We’ll begin by exploring what exactly facilities renewal entails.

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Topics: Deferred Renewal, Facilities Management, Facility Renewal Rates

Deferred Renewal: The Dangerous Secret

Posted by Chronicle.com on Mar 6, 2018 1:19:16 PM

Last month we talked about reframing the Deferred Maintenance debate, more properly thinking about it as Deferred Renewal.  Regardless of the term, in California it’s a serious problem. The first step is to identify and measure the problem, which the large higher ed systems in that state have done. Learn more here

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Topics: Deferred Renewal, Deferred Maintenance

A Primer on Facilities Renewal: Reframing the Debate on Deferred Maintenance

Posted by Dan Harrison on Feb 5, 2018 9:59:57 AM

This is the first in an occasional series on this topic.

Experienced Facility Management professionals are intimately familiar with the topics of deferred maintenance, facility renewal and capital reinvestment in facilities. If you are new to the FM world, you will shortly become acquainted with the terms, like it or not. 

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Topics: Deferred Maintenance, Deferred Renewal, Facilities Management

Calculating Lifecycle Costs and Justifying Energy-Efficient HVAC Upgrades

Posted by FacilitiesNet.com on Jan 4, 2018 3:14:02 PM

A while ago, FacilitiesNet posted a helpful how-to article on calculating HVAC lifecycle costs. We repost the link here for your reading pleasure.

How To Calculate Life-Cycle Costs and Justify Energy Efficient HVAC Upgrades

When top management wants to postpone replacement of HVAC equipment, the facility department may be asked to get “one more year” out of the existing equipment. Worse, this request may be repeated the next year, and again in years after that.

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Topics: HVAC, Lifecycle, Energy Efficiency

Impact of Legacy Control Systems

Posted by Bob Camperlino on Dec 6, 2017 1:44:07 PM

ISES Corporation recently conducted an analysis of the impact of legacy building control systems, particularly pneumatic HVAC systems, on building system operations and on building users’ perception of maintenance staff. The following is a brief synopsis of those findings.

Pneumatic control systems dominated the commercial controls industry for most of the 20th century. They were inexpensive and easy to set up. However, these systems have inherent design and operational problems:

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Topics: HVAC, Pneumatic control

The Sky Is Falling!

Posted by Dan Harrison on Nov 1, 2017 12:36:28 PM

As I travel around the country discussing facility assessment projects and other facilities management initiatives, I am regularly confronted with facility managers who take the position that we need to tell the story to leadership, including a university’s administration or trustees, a city’s board of commissioners, or others holding pursestrings. Having spent three-and-a-half decades in the facilities management industry, I would like to posit a counter position: We should be telling truth to power, not telling a story.

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Topics: Facilities Management, Facilities Condition Assessment

Why do a Facilities Condition Assessment?

Posted by ISES Corporation on Oct 3, 2017 6:01:40 PM

A Facility Condition Assessment (FCA) is an essential tool of facilities managers. This is true whether you choose to conduct an FCA inhouse or to outsource the effort.

To properly manage your facilities assets in a proactive manner you need a solid knowledge of the deficiencies to be corrected. A physical plant department often already knows what’s wrong with their facilities – but this knowledge is spread out among many different individuals and, in many cases, only housed in their mental databases.

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Topics: Facilities Condition Assessment

Challenges of the Low-Voltage Bolted Pressure Switch

Posted by Rob Camperlino on Aug 1, 2017 12:15:47 PM

A bolted pressure switch (BPS) is a cost-effective device for providing circuit protection and electrical system isolation for buildings, physical plants or industrial plants. These switches are usually installed within low voltage system applications at a relatively inexpensive initial cost with an extended lifecycle and a high ampacity rating. 

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Topics: Low-Voltage Bolted Pressure Switch, Challenges Facing Facilities Managers

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