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The energy and LEED benefits of reflective roof coatings

April 19, 2017


A facility in coastal Texas had a major problem. The roof of its 1,000,000 square foot facility had multiple, persistent leaks caused by high heat, humidity, UV degradation, and tropical storm damage. The leaks were so bad they caused work …

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Got BIM?

February 22, 2017


Building Information Modeling (BIM) is quickly becoming the norm for constructing buildings. But is it something you need for your existing facility? According to the National BIM Standard-United States, BIM “is a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of …

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Now’s the time to inspect your roof

October 6, 2016


This summer was one of the hottest on record, and thanks to heat that baked the southwest and storms that ravaged the east many facility roofs in this country took a beating. Now that temperatures are cooling down, this is a …

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Managing/Embracing Change at Your Facility by Example

Managing/Embracing Change at Your Facility by Example

January 26, 2015


Change is not merely necessary to life… It is life. Alvin Toffler Growing a capable team of leaders is vitally important to the success of any facilities manager who can’t be everywhere 24/7. Successfully honing the skills described in a …

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Are You Taking Advantage of ASHRAE's Free Services?

Are You Taking Advantage of ASHRAE’s Free Services?

January 20, 2015


From time to time in this space, we share some of the latest in free tools, from Building Industry Reporting and Design for Sustainability (BIRDS) to Smart Grid technology and the Building Energy Quotient (bEQ) program, in hopes of making …

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Fault Detection and Diagnostics: How Does Your Facility Talk to You?

Fault Detection and Diagnostics: How Does Your Facility Talk to You?

December 22, 2014


You may recall our recent blog post featuring the advantages of Smart Grid technology, tools that bring 21st century interconnectivity and better management to electrical delivery systems in real time. Very soon, more facilities managers may have access to even …

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Facilities Managers: Do You Manage Leaders or Followers?

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Using BIRDS to Save on Energy Costs at Your Facility

Using BIRDS to Save on Energy Costs at Your Facility

November 18, 2014


Over the past year, we’ve featured a number of posts that offer new ways for facilities managers to lower energy costs at their buildings, from ASHRAE’s bEQ program to using Smart Grid technology. Saving energy remains vitally important. The U.S. …

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Be More Efficient With Your Facility's Water

Beat The Drought, Be More Efficient With Your Facility’s Water

October 29, 2014


Facilities managers can’t get enough free tools to help them maximize the shrinking dollars allotted in their budgets to solve common problems like water usage, as we shared in a blog post earlier this year about the EPA’s WaterSense partnership …

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7 Ways to Improve Your Winter Emergency Plans Today

7 Ways to Improve Your Facility’s Winter Emergency Plans Today

September 19, 2014


Earlier this year, we reminded you about reviewing your emergency preparedness checklist to be ready in the event of severe summer weather (hurricanes, tropical storms, tornadoes). With the football season in full swing and the leaves beginning to turn from …

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