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What are the best books to read for facility managers?

Answered April 23 2019

Yes, there’s an amazing amount of information online these days, and many of your questions can be answered with a quick Google search. However, there’s something to be said about owning a few comprehensive, well-researched, old-fashioned books, especially when it comes to facility management. Here are my top choices:

The Facility Management Handbook

By Kathy Roper and Richard Payant

Kathy and Richard are experts in the area of facility management. This handbook, now in its fourth edition, covers a wide range of topics including technology, disaster recovery, zoning compliance, ground maintenance, and furnishings. It’s also updated with the most advanced developments in technology and maintenance best practices. Kathy and Richard take pains to provide insight, guidelines, and real-life case studies to help you be successful.

The Complete Guide to Facility Management

By Dan Lowry

Dan shares his years of experience as a facilities manager in this complete guide. He gives you insight through personal examples and outlines four key areas of facility management: operations, project management, finance, and leadership. Writing in an easy-to-understand and encouraging tone, Dan reaches facility management professionals at all levels. If you’re looking for a resource that will teach you what you need to know to increase the value your team brings to your organization, this guide is a must-own.

Facility Design and Management Handbook

By Eric Teicholz

Written to help you create a state-of-the-art facility, this handbook features case studies from around the world and from all major facility segments. Learn how to implement cost-effective, sustainable, smart building solutions; use tools for better space and asset allocation; improve forecasting accuracy; integrate online and software resources into your facility; and much more.

Facilities Management: Managing Maintenance for Buildings and Facilities

By Joel Levitt

Whether you’re brand new to the role of facilities manager or an old hand, Joel has something valuable to offer you in this book. One useful feature is the set of ready-to-use forms for assessment as well as a plethora of practical resources. Joel covers everything from risk management to legal contracts as well as safety regulations and energy efficiency.

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