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  1. Handling the Most Common Tenant Complaints

    July 31, 2012 | 3 comments

    Dealing with tenant and occupant complaints might be a pain, but if handled correctly, these complaints can be valuable sources of information about building performance. You can’t be everywhere at once; let tenants serve as your eyes and ears. They’ll likely be the first ones to notice a problem in your facility. (more…)

  2. How2Recycle Labels: Making Recycling Easier

    July 24, 2012 | 0 comments

    How2Recycle LabelFiguring out what’s suitable for the recycling bin isn’t always straightforward. The iconic recycling symbol might be there, but some recyclable items can’t just be tossed into a bin. And if a package is made up of different materials, it’s not always clear as to which parts are recyclable or how to handle them. If you sorted through your building’s recycling bins today, chances are high that tenants and occupants have placed non-recyclable items inside. (more…)

  3. Pros and Cons of Green Power

    July 18, 2012 | 0 comments

    Green power use in commercial buildings is increasing every day, but still only 8% of U.S. energy comes from alternative energy sources, according to National Geographic. The United States is currently in second place behind China, the world leader in green power.

    There are three options for incorporating green power in your facility: 1) purchasing grid-connected green power from suppliers, 2) installing onsite generation (wind turbines, photovoltaics, etc.), or 3) purchasing renewable energy certificates (RECs). You can mix and match these options to create your facility’s green power strategy. (more…)

  4. HVAC Energy-Efficiency Tips

    July 12, 2012 | 0 comments

    HVAC EfficiencyMaking sure your building’s HVAC system runs efficiently goes a long way toward reducing energy costs, but upgrading or enhancing it can be expensive. The good news? HVAC efficiency is affected by almost every other system in your facility, so there are ways to increase HVAC effectiveness without touching the HVAC system at all. (more…)

  5. Window Film Now Part of California Title 24

    July 5, 2012 | 0 comments

    In a milestone vote by the California Energy Commission, window film will now be incorporated into California state building code (Title 24). This is the first time window film has been recognized as an energy-efficient building product by a state building code authority. Window film is an easy way to instantly reduce energy consumption, glare, UV exposure, and solar heat gain. (more…)