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Building Envelope Commissioning

Mon, 10/24/2011 - 10:52
BUILDING ENVELOPE COMMISSIONING

Building Commissioning is defined as “a quality-oriented process for achieving, verifying, and documenting that the performance of fac

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Energy Performance Ratings

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 15:04

Buildings consume 40% of our total energy requirement (heating, cooling, lighting). 

The idea of rating building energy performance has been around for many years.

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Snow on the Roof

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 13:03

The winter of 2009/2010 was remarkable in some ways and quite average in others. Remarkable in that measurable snow fell in 49 states.

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Energy Audits

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 12:36

Energy audits are popular again. They were first offered in the ’70s and ’80s, but owners and consumers lost interest as fuel prices stayed low relative to income.

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Chinese Drywall

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 12:29

So-called Chinese drywall refers to a product imported from China to be used in the construction of walls and ceilings of homes and other buildings.

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Elevators

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 12:21

Elevators make modern buildings possible.

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Paying For Green

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 12:14

One cannot help but notice – every magazine and every professional publication these days has at least one article on green building technology.

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Curtain Walls

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 12:06

Curtain walls are common today in commercial construction, adding simplicity and design options for buildings of all types.

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How Long Will It Last?

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 11:57

Determining how long a building component will last before it requires repair or replacement is one of the primary tasks in performing a Property Condition Assessment (PCA).

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How Big Is It?

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 11:41

When performing a Property Condition Assessment (PCA), we are often asked to confirm building dimensions.

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Fiber Cement Siding

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:55

Fiber cement building materials are being used more and more in new construction, primarily for siding. In fact, it is used by most large builders in about 20 percent of the new home market.

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Facility Management and the Bottom Line

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:48

Corporate real estate owners and real estate investors have traditionally viewed Facility Management (FM) as an expense.

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Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER)

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:41

As of January 23, 2006, manufacturers of heating and air conditioning equipment can no longer manufacture single-phase central air conditioners and heat pumps with output of 65,000 BTUH (British th

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Commercial Painting

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:34

Approximately $7.6 billion was spent on architectural coatings in the U.S. in 2003 according to the National Paint and Coatings Association, Inc.

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Cost Segregation Studies

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:23

Depreciation enters significantly into the financial performance of commercial buildings. Typically, property, exclusive of land, is depreciated over 39 years.

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Reduce Lighting Costs

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:05

Energy costs for commercial buildings are estimated to run about $100 billion per year, or on average, about $1.50 per square foot of commercial floor space.

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Green Technology and Existing Buildings

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 09:58

In the early ‘80s, a few designers started paying attention to sustainable architecture. Twenty years later, green buildings are mainstream.

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Fire Safety

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 09:50

FIRE! Don’t shout it in a crowded theater. However, building occupants are more concerned than ever about fire safety.

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Cabling Considerations for Networks and Telecommunications

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 09:40

The condition and appropriateness of the cabling within a building is almost always an afterthought for owners and tenants alike, according to Tom Wales, a Telcom consultant.

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Fair Housing Amendments Act

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 09:16

All multifamily buildings placed in service after March 13, 1991 must comply with the provisions of the Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA) of 1988.

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