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Eco-friendly Roofing Options, Part Two: Blue Roofs

January 29, 2019


Last week we covered the benefits of green roofs; this week we’re going to focus on blue. The idea behind a blue roof is similar to a retention pond—except that the pond in question is on your roof. Also known …

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The Smart Buildling Revolution

December 19, 2018


Smart buildings are no longer the future in building management.   Swedish research firm Meemoori’s new report on the market for big data in smart building sees “robust growth” worldwide. It predicts growth of $15.6 billion by the end of …

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Preparing for flu season at the office and home

October 4, 2018


Flu season is like hurricane season—it happens at the same time every year, causes major financial losses, and leaves death in its wake. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates the flu cost the economy more than $87 …

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How to go zero waste

May 23, 2018


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that the U.S. generates more than 250 million tons of municipal solid waste each year. Much of this waste ends up polluting our land, water, and air, so many organizations, cities, and even countries, …

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The problems of scale

February 28, 2018


Facility managers (FM) in charge of maintaining chillers, boilers, heat exchangers, cooling towers, compressors or condensers know it’s not a matter of if they’ll have to deal with scale buildup, but when. Scale is the buildup of minerals (calcium, iron, …

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Facility Condition Index

February 21, 2018


This is part two in a series on preventative maintenance.   Last month we looked at conducting a Facility Condition Assessment (FCA) as part of your larger preventative maintenance program. One outcome of conducting an FCA is it allows you …

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It’s time for a facility condition assessment

January 24, 2018


This is part one in a series on preventative maintenance.   Although you can never totally prevent all emergency repairs, a preventative maintenance program is a good way to head off most danger. The first step is to run a …

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Get your felt on

November 8, 2017


For fantastic acoustics, a vibrant look, and improved LEED scores, it’s hard to beat the feeling of felt.   Felt isn’t just the stuff of arts and crafts and Sunday school flannel boards. Whether it’s made from wool or polyester, …

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Green Products, Part One: The Wool-Based “Smart Wall”

October 18, 2017


Walls have lagged behind in terms of efficiency and technology. According to Lucas Johnson, a Seattle-based consultant for 475 High Performance Building Supply:   Most walls are built with toxic materials and end up being vapor retarded or, in many …

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