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Welcome to your summer issue of AEE's Facility Managers Institute division newsletter. In this issue, our columnists discusses the possible surprises in performance contracts for facility managers. This newsletter includes a case study on General Mills' largest production facility, a white paper on managing energy use for commercial indoor cannabis cultivation, and news articles for facility manager's.


Separating the Possible Surprises in Performance Contracts


All facility manager's work with a variety of Energy Services Contractors (ESCO's) who offer a variety of performance based facility improvements designed to achieve energy savings in a reasonable period of time. This article discusses some of the potential problems that commonly arise between the owner of the facility or the facility manager and the ESCO handling the Performance Contract. Continue reading.


General Mills Cedar Rapids Heat Recovery
By General Mills

General Mills' Cedar Rapids, Iowa, plant is its largest production facility, producing over 70 million cases of ready-to-eat food annually, including cereals, fruit snacks, and frosting. Built in 1968, the facility has a successful history of energy reduction, the product of General Mills' five-step process that benchmarks, identifies, develops, executes, and then validates energy reduction projects. To drive additional energy savings at the plant and to support the company's corporate goal of a 20% improvement in energy intensity over 10 years, General Mills conducted a comprehensive heat recovery project that reduced energy use at the plant by 5%. This project was publicly recognized for its innovation and impact by Dr. Franklin Orr, Under Secretary for Science & Energy at the Department of Energy. In combination with other recent efforts, this led to a total energy intensity improvement of 23% over the last 4 years at the plant. (Continue Reading)

A Low-Energy High Managing Energy Use for Commercial Indoor Cannabis Cultivation
By Duane Jonlin and Duane Lewellen

With legalization in Washington, Colorado, Oregon and Alaska, and on the ballot in California and other states, illegal marijuana growing operations are gradually being replaced with taxed and licensed businesses. This provides for the first time an opportunity to manage the notoriously high energy use required for indoor cannabis production. In urban areas, these new commercial operations typically operate in secure warehouse facilities, some of them massive in scale. Lighting represents by far their largest energy use, with cooling and dehumidifcation also adding substantial loads, to create energy use intensities up to 20 times that of new office buildings. This year-round demand can also be 50 times that of the previous use of a warehouse, putting unplanned demands on the local utility infrastructure. Continue reading

This article was originally presented at the West Coast Energy Management Congress


Innovations in Commercial Duct Sealing
Source: Energy Manager Today

The U.S. Department of Energy estimated that the typical commercial building in the U.S. today loses about 25% to 40% of treated air through leaks in the duct system. A recent survey conducted by the Building Commissioning Association found that 68% of engineers and building professionals believe that duct leakage rates of 15% or more are common. 75% of respondents said that these leaks are the cause of substantial energy loss. Even newly built properties are, more often than not, plagued with leaky ducts – leaks that obstruct ventilation, reduce HVAC efficiency, significantly increase monthly utility bills and, in many cases, jeopardize entire construction projects. To see stories of Hyundai's new U.S. Corporate Headquarters in California and the JW Marriott hotel in Atlanta, Continue reading

Five Safety Tips for Your Facility's Construction Project
Source: www.facilityexecutive.com

If there’s a construction project going on at your facility, it’s wise to make sure workers are protected from injury while they’re on the job. After all, a construction project is only as successful as its workers are safe. And, according to OSHA, one in five work-related deaths in the United States in 2014 occurred in the construction industry. Following these steps and other safety protocols will help improve productivity and reduce injuries, according to Hickory Chairman Burke Pinnell.

These 17 University Facilities Managers are Using Social Media the Right Way
Source: www.controlyourbuilding.com

Social media allows a facilities team to strengthen their organization's relationship with their customers, provides a communication tool between occupants/customers and the facilities management team, and provides a platform for real-time communication during an emergency. Michigan State, University of Arizona, Suffolk University of Boston, Auburn University, and Florida State University are some of the universities who have begun using social media to actively engage students, faculty and community members. Continue reading.

Sector Remains Upbeat about Middle East
Source: www.tomorrowsfm.com

The facilities management sector in the Middle East remains optimistic about their prospects for growth over the coming year. A survey of professionals from the facilities management sector in that region found that 58% describe the outlook as positive or very positive and over half expect it to improve over the next 12 months. An emerging issue in this year's survey is regulation and enforcement, with 21% of respondents listing this as a concern. 56% cited competition in the market is the biggest challenge. The BCM research was created as a result of a survey and supported by a series of interviews. The aim is to establish a complete view of FM market confidence by canvassing the views of the sector’s senior decision makers as well as the teams on the ground delivering those services throughout the Middle East. Continue reading.

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