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Industry and Facility Management Acronyms

 The Restaurant Facility Management Association (RFMA) is here to provide resources to help educate and develop restaurant facility professionals. Jeff Dover, our in-house expert and Facilities Resource Manager, has compiled a list of common Facility Management & Industry Terms and Acronyms to help our members. 

  • ADA: Americans with Disabilities Act
  • ADAAG: ADA Accessibility Guidelines
  • AIA: American Institute of Architects
  • ANSI: American National Standards Institute
  • ASHRAE: American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers
  • ASTM: American Society for Testing
  • BOMA: Building Owners and Managers Association
  • BTU: British Thermal Unit
  • CAD: Computer Aided Design
  • CAM: Common Area Maintenance
  • CFM: Cubic Feet per Minute
  • CRFP: Certified Restaurant Facility Professional
  • CMMS: Computerized Maintenance Management Systems
  • CPU: Central Processing Unit
  • EPA: Environmental Protection Agency
  • HCFC: Hydrochlorofluorcarbon
  • HEPA: High Efficiency Particulate Air Filter
  • HID: High Intensity Discharge
  • HVAC: Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
  • IAP: Indoor Air Pollution
  • IAQ: Indoor Air Quality
  • IT: Information Technology
  • JIT: Just in Time
  • KW: Kilowatt
  • LAN: Local Area Network
  • LCC: Life Cycle Cost
  • LED: Light Emitting Diode
  • MIS: Management Information System
  • MSDS: Material Safety Data Sheets
  • NFPA: National Fire Protection Agency
  • NIOSH: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • NPV: Net Present Value
  • OSHA: Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  • PDA: Personal Digital Assistant
  • PE: Professional Engineer
  • PM: Preventative Maintenance
  • RFP: Request for Proposal
  • SBS: Sick Building Syndrome
  • SFP: Strategic Facility Plan
  • SOP: Standard Operating Procedure
  • T-I: Tenant Improvements
  • UL: Underwriters Laboratory
  • UPS: Uninterruptible Power Supply
  • USF: Usable Square Feet
  • VAV: Variable Air Volume

Don't see a term you are looking for? Feel free to contact Jeff Dover at

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