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The recladding remedy
The envelope is your building's primary line of defense, but after so many punctures in its armor, you'll have to call in the cavalry. Some enclosure problems can be addressed with sealants and other simple solutions. But when your problems are becoming persistent, epidemic, and particularly costly, it's time to take more heavy duty measures.
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Window film improves building system performance
By Steve DeBusk
You can spend a lot of time analyzing building system performance, looking for ways to reduce energy use and improve efficiency in HVAC equipment, lighting systems and the building envelope. As you work hard to prolong equipment life, reduce utility bills and lower operating costs, consider high-performance, low-e window film as a solution. The right window film not only reduces energy use year-round and improves tenant/occupant comfort, but also helps you make the best of your building systems and protects against unnecessary upgrades or replacements.
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LEED firsts offer energy-slashing ideas
Two newly certified LEED projects not only set records, but also provide a model for energy-conscious FMs who want to harness affordable technologies to save dollars.
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  Stop Killing Your Bearings!

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Hollow-tube steel: An effective weapon in the war against corrosion
By Sasha Viasasha
Perhaps the most villainous enemies of commercial building projects are the two most basic elements of our environment: air and water. Moisture in the air is enough to begin the process of corrosion because, as the Tao Te Ching recorded more than 2,000 years ago, "Water wears away stone." In response, urban planners have deployed a material that has shown some promising results as an inhibitor to oxidation. Sites around the world, from France to Japan, have successfully used hollow-tube steel in construction projects, and some have lasted for decades in extremely corrosive environments.
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As sun shines on solar industry, power companies fret
Compared with the cost of fossil-fuel-generated electricity, solar power isn't cheap. But it's becoming more affordable thanks to state and federal subsidies and competitive leasing and financing options. Add to this the fast-dropping price of photovoltaic panels and solar is starting to look like an increasingly cost-effective option for many Americans. As the technology becomes more widespread, however, utilities are fighting harder than ever to stop solar in its tracks, and they see regulation levied through state governments as the way to do it.
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5 ways owners and facility managers can increase energy efficiency
By Joy Burgess
Whether you are a business owner or a facility manager, maximizing energy efficiency is important to your bottom line. Improving energy efficiency not only helps the environment, but it also provides significant savings. If you are reducing electricity usage or cutting heating, ventilating and air conditioning energy expenses, use the following ideas to improve the sustainability and energy efficiency of your buildings or business.
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Energy management trends: The power of plugs
Today's Facility Manager
Energy-efficiency efforts in commercial facilities have historically targeted lighting, heating and cooling systems, water heaters, and major appliances. Today's office worker uses an ever growing suite of electronic devices, all drawing power and running up the utility bill. Gone are the days when equipment was simply turned on or off. Instead, modern electronic equipment operates in a variety of power levels, or modes.
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