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5 Must-Read Articles for Facility Managers Everywhere
Monday, November 7, 2016
As 2016 draws to an end, we can’t help but think of how much we learned in a year’s time. This week, we’re compiling a list of resources for facilities managers, straight from the most trusted publications in the industry. If you haven’t already come across these insightful articles this year, click through to hear from industry experts on retrofit planning, long-term maintenance, facilities management trend projections, and more.
2016 Money Saving Products:
Buildings Magazine. Our Bulb Eater® was named a money saving product of the year by Buildings Magazine in 2012, and every year, the publication has made it easy to find products in every category, from janitorial solutions to energy monitors. Bookmark this article as your go-to for increasing efficiency of operations for facility managers.
PRSM Association Releases 2017 Trends Report:
Facilitiesnet. In the retail industry? This report dives into projected 2017 trends and the effects they’ll have on facilities management decisions, touching on everything from federal regulations to transforming the retail environment.
Preserving Our School Facility Investments:
School Planning and Management. Too often, school districts utilize non-recurring funding sources, like bond issue referendums, to fund major construction projects without establishing a plan for long-term maintenance or a plan to fund said maintenance. Consider this a school facilities manager’s guide to planning for long term maintenance.
Maintaining Our Standards:
College Planning and Management. We guarantee you haven’t thought of regulations and industry standards in this way before. Take a look at how pushing the limits in facilities management could be a slippery slope in regards to efficiency and safety.
A High Performance Management Plan Will Help You Get the Most Out of Your Retrofit:
Retrofit Magazine. Make a connection between replacing aging systems and attracting new clients, or maintaining structural safety and improving occupant health. This resource will help you explore the unforeseen benefits of your next retrofit.
OSHA Compliance for Your Lamp Recycling Program
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
There is no issue more important, or more challenging to facility managers than safety within their operations. Did you know that President Obama signed legislation allowing a 150% increase in maximum penalties associated with regulatory citations? According to Facilities Management Decisions
, this could mean that a minor to serious violation could jump from $7,000 to $12,500 in fines, or from $70,000 to $125,000 for repeat of willful violations.
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What Are My Fluorescent Lamp Recycling Options?
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Facility executives everywhere are motivated by state and
federal regulations, the quest for efficiency, and environmental sustainability
to find a recycling program that best fits their operations. So, how do you
make an educated decision? Better yet, are there multiple solutions that could
benefit a single facility?
most popular option, bulk recycling is a common solution to fluorescent lamp
recycling. Spent lamps are packed into boxes or fiber drums until it’s time for
your scheduled pickup. This is a relatively inexpensive option, but still
requires that your facility store spent lamps for up to a year.
Pre-Paid Recycling Containers:
By purchasing our EasyPak containers, you’ll increase
efficiency in your facility while saving space. Auto-replenishment delivers new
lamp recycling containers, protected by VaporShield technology, to your
facility as needed. Easily create your mail-in pre-paid recycling program
online at lamprecycling.com.
investing in a drum-top lamp crusher, like our Bulb Eater or Bulb Eater 3,
facility managers can reduce the volume of spent lamps to eliminate storage
space and transportation costs associated with recycling intact lamps. Lamp
crushing works in tandem with bulk recycling as full drums are scheduled for
pickup and delivery to proper recycling facilities based on your business’
How do you decide? First, it’s important to understand your
. For example, crushers are regulated at the state level as a
means of monitoring mercury emissions to support the environment. Our drum top
lamp crushers are rigorously tested to safely crush lamps while capturing
virtually all harmful mercury in the process.
provides simple, sustainable solutions to
universal waste recycling.
Can A Lighting Retrofit Save You Money?
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Are you achieving the highest level of energy efficiency in
your facility? Lighting represents a significant percentage of your overall
energy consumption and should be analyzed as part of any energy audit. Choosing
the right lighting may not only pay for the new equipment necessary in a
lighting retrofit, but produce an additional return on investment. How do you
know if a lighting retrofit is worth the initial investment?
- Compare apples to apples. Compare your existing system to the
proposed retrofit system, which should include more energy efficient lamps and
ballasts at a comparable light output.
- Remember your key statistics. Take into consideration hours per
operation each year, wattage per fixture, and energy consumption per year to
determine your annual energy savings with a retrofit.
- Determine your payback. Net installation cost over annual energy
savings will determine your years to payback. You can find more useful formulas
like these in this article by lightsearch.com.
- Present a variety of options. Increase your chances of receiving
the green light from senior management by presenting these numbers for a
variety of retrofit options. Some utilities offer programs that reward lower
energy consumption with rebates that can make a retrofit even more attractive.
- Recycle post-retrofit.
A lighting retrofit can leave you with a great deal of spent
fluorescent lamps and ballasts, which may be regulated under State and Federal Universal Waste Regulation
. Does your retrofit plan also include a recycling
plan that documents your recycling activities? The EasyPak program
Cycle provides easy-to-use packages for safely mailing in spent lamps and
ballasts, pre-paid for recycling at one of our many partner facilities in 48
With VaporShield technology
, our pre-paid mail-in
fluorescent lamp recycling containers are designed to make recycling your spent
lamps faster and safer than ever before. Learn more about safely packaging your
VaporShield boxes by watching this quick video on our blog.
And, if you are dealing with a large retrofit, involving thousands
of lamps, our Bulb Eater
lamp crushing systems can eliminate the need for boxing, labeling, and palletizing
hundreds of boxes of lamps. A single drum can contain as many as 1,350 four
foot linear fluorescents.