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How much is your lighting retrofit worth?
A perfect storm of lighting issues led to a 16-floor retrofit for Ohio's largest and oldest health insurer. The 1,000-plus employees of Medical Mutual of Ohio, which maintains its corporate headquarters in the Rose Building — a downtown Cleveland landmark — were tired of the dated appearance created by the existing three-lamp T12 lighting. At the same time, Don Green, MMO's director of building and general services, had been eyeing the phase-out of T12 lamps since that news was announced in 2010. It was time for a change.
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Manufacturing sector, energy use and intensity down since 2002
EDC Magazine
Total energy consumption in the manufacturing sector decreased by 17 percent from 2002 to 2010, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Manufacturing gross output decreased by only 3 percent over the same period. Taken together, these data indicate a significant decline in the amount of energy used per unit of gross manufacturing output. The significant decline in energy intensity reflects both improvements in energy efficiency and changes in the manufacturing output mix. Consumption of every fuel used for manufacturing declined over this period.
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Compelling green building benefits?
A comprehensive report recently released by the World Green Building Council highlights that there are a large number of compelling benefits from green buildings received by different stakeholders throughout the life cycle of a building.
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Hiring an outside facility auditor
Today's Facility Manager
Q: I would like an outside audit of our facility management system. I want someone to assess our custodians, trades, groundskeeping, work order, service equity across regions, and so forth. Would you have an example RFP or know of several companies in the Atlanta area who do this work?
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FM frequency: Lost in translation?
Today's Facility Manager
Facility managers can easily find themselves in the on-again, off-again debate on offshore facilities. Employers are always seeking lower costs, and looking overseas is an option. India was the original hot spot. Now Egypt, South Africa, the Czech Republic, and the Philippines seem to be where companies are looking for facilities. There are a lot of things to get used to with overseas operations.
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Facility renewal planning (Today's Facility Manager)
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