3 Must-Have Tools for HVAC Technicians in 2022

Posted by Connect with ODIN on Dec 15, 2021 3:43:54 PM

The new year is coming up fast, and HVAC technicians will need to be prepared for another year of change in the facilities management field. Many manufacturers have experienced supply chain difficulties that have affected the availability and cost of raw materials, equipment, parts, and supplies. Regulations continue to evolve as well, with an increased focus on the HFC phase-down and total energy efficiency.

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Topics: BAS, BACnet, HVAC

Fight Back Against HVAC Obsolescence in Higher Education

Posted by Connect with ODIN on Nov 29, 2021 10:52:40 AM

Every piece of university facilities equipment will become obsolete eventually. And if it doesn’t make it to a point of natural obsolescence, it’s probably because you’ve needed to replace it or upgrade it due to reduced efficiency or breakdowns. This cycle is, on some level, unavoidable.

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Topics: BACnet, HVAC

HVAC in Schools Need Updating. Facility Management Tools Can Help.

Posted by Connect with ODIN on Nov 4, 2021 5:13:10 PM

Longstanding neglect of HVAC in schools has created an urgent need for an update. Recent research has shown that more than half (54%) of public schools need “to update or replace multiple systems like heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) or plumbing.” More than a quarter (26%) will need to update or replace at least six of the critical facility systems.

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Topics: Remote Building Controls, HVAC

Give Hospital Maintenance Contractors the Key to Off-Site Resolutions

Posted by Connect with ODIN on Jul 16, 2021 5:02:06 PM

There’s no time to lose in a healthcare environment. Nonetheless, patients and staff often need to wait until the hospital maintenance team can travel on-site when there is a failure or malfunction in the hospital HVAC system. Your system won’t need urgent maintenance every day, but when it does, a safe and regulation-compliant environment in the OR of a critical surgery could hang in the balance. 

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Topics: Remote Building Controls, HVAC

What if Hospital Facilities Management Wasn’t Just for Technicians?

Posted by Connect with ODIN on Jul 16, 2021 4:51:10 PM

Hospital facilities management is both complex and high stakes. When you’re regulating heat and airflow to a dozen or more ORs, patients and doctors are counting on your facilities staff for safety, compliance, comfort, and consistently ideal conditions for sensitive procedures. It’s essential that each room in your facility maintains a stable set point with excellent ACH (air changes per hour) performance and the ability to rapidly adjust as needs change.

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Topics: Remote Building Controls, HVAC

The Aging Facility Management Workforce & Your Hospital HVAC System

Posted by Connect with ODIN on Jul 1, 2021 7:45:45 PM

Figures from the IFMA show that the average facilities management professional is now 49 years old, with 28 years of experience (including 16 in facilities management). This is older than the median age of the general workforce by 8 years. 

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Topics: BAS, BACnet, Remote Building Controls, HVAC

End the Healthcare Facility Management Runaround With Mobile Access

Posted by Connect with ODIN on Jul 1, 2021 7:42:23 PM

Systems for HVAC in healthcare facilities must balance complexity with urgency. A large hospital or other healthcare facilities may include a dozen or more ORs with sensitive temperature and ventilation needs, which may need to change rapidly — perhaps to drop temperatures for a procedure or to cycle in clean air after an aerosolizing event. 

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Topics: BAS, Remote Building Controls, HVAC

How to Boost Performance & Compliance in Health Facilities Management

Posted by Connect with ODIN on Jul 1, 2021 7:37:21 PM

Get the Information You Need — Fast

Health facilities management systems are often complex and difficult to set up, navigate, or operate without the expertise of a highly trained technician. Our cloud-based ODIN software is designed to make it easy for anyone to adjust, trend, schedule, and set alarms within even the largest health facilities management systems. 

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Topics: BAS, Remote Building Controls, HVAC

COVID Relief Plan: Next Steps for School Facility Managers

Posted by Connect with ODIN on Apr 29, 2021 2:46:42 PM

When President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan on March 11, 2021, it launched a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus, including $130 billion in stimulus money for schools in the pre-K through 12th grade age group.  The intention of this new school stimulus money—called the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund—is to help schools safely reopen within 100 days and take actions to help protect students, staff, and families from COVID-19.

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Topics: BAS, HVAC

5 Tips for Facilities Managers as Schools Reopen

Posted by Connect with ODIN on Apr 29, 2021 2:43:19 PM

The American Rescue Plan, which was signed into law by President Biden in March 2021, has set a priority of reopening as many K-12 schools as possible within its 100 days. As of the writing of this article, we’re a little more than a third of the way through that timeline. Facilities managers are ramping into high gear getting many buildings that have been shut down for a year or more ready for people to resume daily occupancy. Here are a few quick tips to guide your planning process as you start laying out your school building safety and school facilities management strategies.

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Topics: BAS, Remote Building Controls, HVAC

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