INSIDE I f you are a building owner or facility manager preparing to launch a new or revamped maintenance program, the first step is to create a building com- ponent inventory, even before you do an inspection. While this step may seem unneces- sary, it makes sense to do it because you’ll end up spending a lot more money and time if you don’t. A proper building component inventory will set your maintenance program on the firm foundation it needs to drive a sound inspection. No matter your experience or tech- nical expertise, creating a building component inven- tory is not compli- cated. Essentially, an inventory is a list of all the build- ing components included in your preventive main- tenance program, along with general information about each component. It can be as simple as a spreadsheet or more complex, depending on what works best for you and your properties. There are several factors to contem- plate when compiling a building com- ponent inventory, but here are three main ones to consider: n Listing the building components. Which components should you include in your building component inventory? Preventive maintenance costs money and time, so including everything may not be wise for your overall budget. As a general rule of thumb, for each component, ask yourself: Is the com- ponent critical to the safe operation of the building? Is it expensive to replace or difficult to purchase off the shelf? If you answered yes to any one of those three questions, then that com- ponent should be included in your maintenance program and building component inventory. Managers need to be up-to-date on fiduciary duty as well as theWARNING Rules Legal updates Two wellness-focused certifications can help your business transition into the “new normal” Wellness trends PAGE 16 It’s time for a buildingwide cleaning that organizes, declutters and upgrades systems Spring cleaning Please see Page 27 April 2021 PAGE 22 PAGES 6-8 Create building component inventories prior to inspections Bill Hohmeier Vice president, East operations, Western Specialty Contractors Western Specialty Contractors Before launching a maintenance program and scheduling an inspection, create a building component inventory list that includes interior and exterior elements.