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Tune up your water conservation program in 2014
BUILDINGS
Water is one of our most precious resources. For commercial properties, it is also one of the least managed. In many cases, managing water resources means simply reviewing the monthly water bill against the previous month's bill. Across the country, water rates are soaring — Atlanta is nearly $30 per thousand gallons — and the lack of a conservation program may be draining thousands of dollars from your budget each month. And you probably don't realize it is happening.
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How to save commercial building's energy during winter
EDC Magazine
With the temperatures dropping to single digit in several parts of the country, it's almost impossible for employees to work in an office building without proper heating and insulation. Whether you are the building owner, the facility manager or simply the outside contractor performing custodial tasks, there are few things that you should consider implementing during this winter in order to save you money and energy.
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Common building materials could cause asthma
BUILDINGS
As asthma rates continue to rise, the Healthy Building Network warns that new preventive strategies are needed to address this epidemic at its source. Actions include avoiding the many building materials that introduce asthma-causing chemicals into the indoor environment. Materials that may include chemicals that can cause the development of asthma include flooring, carpets, insulation and paints.
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Facility maintenance does not have to be a 4-letter word
By Denny Hydrick
Diet is a quintessential "four-letter word" — a phrase that in years past often referred to expletives. Obviously that's a joke, but dieting to most people is no laughing matter. Why? Because first of all they require the resolve to begin and, secondly, a lifestyle change. Within our industry, we have our own set of "four-letter words," although most are known by acronyms. Like diets, these too take a certain resolve to start implementing or tracking and, perhaps most importantly, they require the lifestyle change, referred to as a culture change.
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Better buildings challenge to boost energy efficiency, expand to multifamily housing
EDC Magazine
The U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the expansion of the Better Buildings Challenge to include multifamily housing. DOE and HUD recognize the energy efficiency commitment that the Philadelphia Housing Authority is making as a Better Buildings Challenge Partner.
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Register today for AFE's Jan. 16 webinar: 10 Minutes a Week to Great Meetings
AFE
Is it worth 10 minutes a week to improve your meetings? You bet it is, since there are 11 million meetings a day (according to a University of Arizona study on teamwork). That is 3 billion meetings a year and $37 billion wasted (according to IndustryWeek) in the U.S. alone. You want to improve you organization's meetings not just for yourself. Join Joel Levitt as he shows you ways to improve meetings that will impact your organization and improve its effectiveness. It will also make you more valuable to your organization, be more effective and feel better about your contributions.
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of AFE Weekly Headlines, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of AFE, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit. Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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