FMJ - May/June 2017

Behind the Brand

2017-05-12 03:38:06

COMPANY NAME Bannerman EXPERTISE Security CSP LEVEL Silver CSP SINCE 2017 WEBSITE FMJ What qualifications and experience should FMs look for in guard candidates? BANNERMAN When selecting a security provider FMs want to look for the following: • Transparency into security operations, including check-in/check-out times, guard contact information, and incident reports by type and severity. • Ease of communication with customer service and guards – 24/7 telephone support. • Guard quality and the ability to replace a guard if you do not feel they are a good fit. FMJ How can physical security be combined with a security software solution to optimize the safety and security of a facility? BANNERMAN • Safety and security of a facility can be optimized by connecting guards (first responders) to other security systems such as cameras and access control. This allows guards to cover a larger footprint much more effectively. • Aggregating data of incidents to be able to identify higher risk areas and the types of threats present. • Receiving incident reports immediately means that you can solve issues faster, preventing further issues down the road. • Security guard management software ensures high guard performance via global positioning system check-in, motion data, live standard operating procedures and alerts, and incident reports. COMPANY NAME United Facilities Management EXPERTISE Facility Management CSP LEVEL Silver CSP SINCE 2017 WEBSITE FMJ What is one of the most significant energy management concerns for FMs in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region? UFM FM concerns about energy issues are different from Gulf Cooperation Council countries (GCCC) to North Africa countries. In GCCC, the owners don’t feel the importance to reduce energy consumption because their return on investment and internal rate of return are very low. Due to the natural resources in GCCC, the low tariff is driving them not to reduce their usage. Accordingly, FM faces difficulties when attempting to convince the owner about the importance of energy conservation. In North Africa, FM faces issues like the high price of energy and lack of energy resources. Challenges are imposed on them to direct and manage energy conservation, create new methods and adopt new techniques to reduce facility expenses. Reduction of energy requires FM to install new energy conservation technology applications, which imposes more expenses on the owners. Thus, the initial costs are high due to the limited number of suppliers of energy conservation systems, and most systems are under monopoly in addition to the lack of after sales services. FMJ How can integrated facility management help an organization achieve sustainability goals? UFM Integrated facility management (IFM) involves managing all non-core activities of the built environment. Managing each service independently imposes more cost and results in a lack of coordination to maintain sustainability. Therefore, improved sustainability can be achieved through IFM practices that are connected and contribute to overall sustainability goals, like adopting green landscaping, clean energy use, efficiency upgrades and efficient utilities planning for energy and cost savings. A building management system can be used to track and control these sustainability measures, as well as water management, waste management and regular maintenance required for the facility. COMPANY NAME Excel Dryer EXPERTISE Restroom Products CSP LEVEL Silver CSP SINCE 2008 WEBSITE FMJ As a one-time purchase with minimal related labor and maintenance, the cost-savings of air hand dryers is clear — but what additional “savings” do hand dryers offer for FMs? EXCEL DRYER With default lavatory use, the average large office building uses an estimated 20,000 paper towels a day according to the LEED rating system. This equates to 500,000 paper towels consumed each month and more than 5.2 million paper towels consumed over the course of a year. While staggering, one must consider more than these figures to understand the full extent of the environmental impact of paper towels, which begins with production and continues long after use. Eliminating paper towels from a restroom environment reduces a facility’s carbon footprint and often aligns with corporate sustainability goals. While it’s clear that electric hand dryers are a more sustainable hand drying option than paper towels, the high-speed, energy-efficient hand dryers are even more so — offering a 95 percent cost savings versus paper towels, eliminating their labor, maintenance and waste. FMJ What sets Excel Dryer’s hand dryers apart from other conventional hand dryers on the market? EXCEL DRYER Excel Dryer, a family-owned and -operated company, revolutionized the industry with the invention of patented XLERATOR® technology that created the high-speed, energy-efficient hand dryer category and set a new standard for performance, reliability and customer satisfaction. In 2003, Excel Dryer became the first hand dryer manufacturer to become a member of the United States Green Building Council and six years later, was the first hand dryer manufacturer to commission an independent, third-party Life Cycle Assessment of high-speed, energy-efficient hand dryers versus conventional hand dryers and paper towels. The following year, hand dryers in the XLERATOR line became the first and only to achieve Made In USA® certification.

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