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Coverage including updates, insights, strategies and best practices for the facilities management industry


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Door Hardware: A New Generation

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Door Hardware: Performance Matters

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Sustainable Door Openings Protect People, Places and the Planet

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How Do Your Health and Wellness Programs Measure Up?

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Door Hardware Selection Must Consider Occupant Safety and Security

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Building Codes Determine Type of Door Hardware Installed

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Vapor Intrusion: What FMs Need to Know

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Reviewing Door Hardware Security

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Selecting The Proper Door Hardware

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SIDEBAR: Factoring In Outside Issues

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Maintaining Door Hardware

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Removing Barricades to Life Safety

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Codes to Know for Panic Hardware

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Access Control Key to Facility Safety and Security

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Door Hardware Strategies for Access Control

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Access Control: The Role of Card Readers

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Sidebar: Access Control and Maintenance Issues

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Door Lock Recalled Due to Entrapment Hazard

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5 Things You Need To Know About LEED v4

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How Standardizing Building Door Hardware Benefits Your Bottom Line

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USGBC Perspective: Why FMs Should Participate in Integrative Design

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Top-Tier Indoor Environmental Quality at New Balance Headquarters

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Energy Not The Only Metric For High Performance Buildings

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Door Hardware: Locking Down Security and Performance

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Several Factors Contribute to Specification Decisions for Door Hardware

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SIDEBAR: Specification Solutions for Door Hardware

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PRODUCTS: Door Hardware

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It’s Difficult To Evaluate The Link Between Energy And Occupant Performance

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Twin Design Goals: Energy Efficiency, Occupant Satisfaction

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Energy Efficiency and Occupant Comfort

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Evaluating How Effectively Energy Is Used

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Fire Code Provisions Directed At Building Occupants

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Doors, Door Hardware, and Tornado Season

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Doors and Door Hardware Can Be The Difference Between Life and Death in an Emergency

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Safety vs. Security: Biggest Issue in Choosing the Right Opening

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Loss of Master Key Costs College More Than $500,000

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The Connection Between Clean Buildings and Productivity

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Elevator Doors a Key Part of Preventive Maintenance

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In Door Selection, Consider Type of Facility, Door Weight, Level of Use

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Challenges of Specifying and Installing Doors

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In Door Selection, Consider Type of Facility, Door Weight, Level of Use

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Complexity and Expense of Doors Have Increased

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50,000-Pound Doors Protect Nation’s Facilities for Rockets

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Education Facility Security Vital, But At What Cost?

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Improperly Installed Extra Deadbolts Can Pose Life Safety Risk

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Evolution of VAV Systems, and Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems as Alternative HVAC Strategy

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Door Hardware: Striking Balance Between Safety and Security

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Effective Key Management Policy Important First Step

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Proper Door Hardware Specification Reduces Maintenance Time

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Expanded Electric Lock Choices Give Managers Many Options

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Understanding Displacement Ventilation, Underfloor Air Distribution as Alternative HVAC Strategies

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Understanding Radiant Heating/Cooling and Demand-Control Ventilation as Alternative HVAC Strategies

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In Planning Doors, Expect Abuse, Heavy Use, and Possible Code Issues

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Showcase Products

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High Rises Can Post Particular Problem for Door Codes

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Maintenance Plan for Doors And Hardware Ensures Performance

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Common Sources of IAQ Issues

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Manufacturer-Provided Fasteners, Anchors Generally Best for Doors, Hardware

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First Cost Is Not Only Consideration in Door and Hardware Specification

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Innovative Products: Doors and Hardware

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Getting the Most Out of Doors and Hardware

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Maintenance Brings Facility Knowledge to Security Teams

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Electronic Security Systems Help Maintenance Teams Cover Large Areas

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Post-Installation Considerations for Door Hardware and Security Products

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Changing Roles: Maintenance and Facility Security

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Unlocking the Door to Successful Door Security Upgrades

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Start Specification Process With Thorough Analysis of Facility Entries

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Product Considerations for Door Hardware Upgrades

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Improving Indoor Air Quality Can Lead to Improved Productivity

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UV Systems Can Help Restore Optimal HVAC Operation

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Center for Sustainable Landscapes Building First to Achieve WELL Platinum Certification

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In-duct UV Systems Can Be Good for IAQ

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Most Common Door Hardware Repairs

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Connection Between Sustainability and Door Hardware

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Seeing LEED Benefits in Door Hardware Products

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Technology Advances Improve Performance of Door Hardware Products

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LEED v4 Offers More Stringent Acoustical Standards

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LEED v4 Tackles Acoustics With New Noise Control Pilot Credit, Expanded Acoustic Performance Credits

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LEED v4 Expands Acoustic Performance In Multiple Areas

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Operations Affect Security With Access Control Systems

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Dilute, Filter and Separate for Good IAQ

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How To Get The Most From Your Doors And Door Hardware

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Training, Maintenance Are Keys To Access Control

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Door Hardware Retrofits: A Clear Path to Savings

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Security Considerations for Door Hardware Retrofits

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Design Considerations for Door Hardware

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Technology Drives Improvements in Access Control

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Include Installation And Maintenance Costs When Calculating Life-Cycle Cost Of Doors

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Technology Advances Improve Access-Control Systems

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Door Inspections Recommended at Least Twice Annually

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Regular Maintenance Critical to Access-Control System Performance

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Access-Control System Technicians Require Proper Training

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Common Sources of Indoor Air Contaminants

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Regular Inspections, Testing Delivers Long-Term Reliability for Door Locks, Hardware

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Door-Hardware Upgrades Require Revisiting Department Priorities

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Weather Factors Into Frequency of Door Hardware Inspections

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LEDs: Lighting the way to Outdoor Savings

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LEDs Emerge as Popular Outdoor Lighting Option

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LED Retrofit Kits, Traditional Outdoor Lighting Options Remain

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Lubricate Key Door Components Regularly

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How To Get The Most Out Of Your Doors And Hardware

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First Cost Is Not Only Consideration In Door And Hardware Specification

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Doors And Hardware Maintenance Plan Can Ensure Maximum Performance

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NFPA 80 Fire Door Inspection Requirements Include Certification Standards

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Which Green Building Product Criteria Should Facility Managers Use?

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'Red List' Of Chemicals Can Help Guide Building Product Selection, But Will Not Be Definitive

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LEED, Living Building Challenge Can Help Inform Product Selection

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Environmental Product Declarations, Health Product Declarations Offer Standardized Data On Building Product Information

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LEED v4 Does Not Include Chemical Red List

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Door Hardware Projects Require Knowledge of Inspection Codes

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Door Trouble Spots Include Closers, Hinges, Handles

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Location, Purpose of Doors Factors Into Inspection Frequency

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How to Avoid Pitfalls With Outdoor Safety and Security Lighting

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With Outdoor Safety and Security Lighting, Cost Should Not Be First Priority

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Evaluate LEDs for Possible Use in Outdoor Safety and Security Lighting

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Tips for Maintenance, Inspection of Outdoor Safety and Security Lighting

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Showcase Products: Outdoor Safety and Security Lighting

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Innovative Products: Doors and Hardware

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Keep Humidity Just Right For Good Indoor Air

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Manage Indoor Pollutants to Preserve Indoor Air Quality

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High Usage Level Places High Expectations on Door Hardware

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Electronic Access-Control Technology Emerges for Door Hardware

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New Door Hardware Creates Need for Additional Technician Training

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New Technology, Training Help Improve Indoor Air Quality

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Carbon Dioxide Testing Vital to Prevent IAQ Problems

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HVAC Technicians Best Option to Diagnose IAQ Problems

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Water Common Source of IAQ Problems

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IAQ: Technician Testing and Training

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Outdoor Lighting For Safety And Security Is A Complicated Matter

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Excessive Lighting Does Not Improve Safety, Security

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How to Avoid Common Issues With Doors And Hardware

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Lack of Standardization Can Lead to Access, Security Problems With Doors

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Doors and Hardware Showcase: New Products

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Access-Control Technology Offers Enhanced Protection

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Access-Control Technology Offers Enhanced Protection

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Specifying Compatible Door Hardware Enhances Building Security

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Access-Control Technology Requires New Tools for Front-line Technicians

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Good HVAC Maintenance Practices Mean Good Indoor Air Quality

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Fire-rated Door Preventive Maintenance Ensures Function

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Maintaining IAQ During Construction Projects

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Product Focus: Door Hardware

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Opening the Door To Fire Safety

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Fire Safety: Signs of Trouble

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Fire Safety: Focus on Roles

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Indoor Air Quality Measurement Strategies

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Solar Compatibility, Rainwater Collection Two Benefits of Metal Roofs

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Product Showcase: Doors and Door Hardware

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Step by Step Process Helps Choose Doors, Hardware

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Door Selection Process Starts With Needs Assessment

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Standardizing Doors, Hardware Can Help Prevent Problems

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Customer-centered Approach to IAQ

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Flooring Choices Can Bring LEED Credits

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Variety of Carpet Options Can Earn LEED Points

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Demand Control Ventilation Can Reduce Energy Costs

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Measuring Facility Occupant Perceptions of IAQ

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Measuring for IAQ

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Managers Need to Get Educated on Chemical Toxins

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IAQ Criteria for Building Products

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IAQ: Review Specification Documents, Seal HVAC Systems

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Don't Turn a Blind Eye to IAQ

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Facility Occupants Can Breathe Easier When Facility Managers Have Good Data

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Measuring Contaminants Not As Easy As it Seems, May Not Be Necessary

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Door Hardware: Codes for Fire and Life Safety

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Door Hardware: Managers Must Consider Codes and Standards

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Security Retrofit Considerations

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Door Hardware: Most Common Repairs

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What is the Primary Goal of Fire-Exit Hardware?

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The Three Parts of a Door Hardware Specification Document

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Mr. Designer, Tear Down This (Cubicle) Wall

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Technology Can Help Support Workplace Efficiency

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Air Handler Drain Pans and Indoor Air Quality

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Door Hardware: How to Maintain Cylinders

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Door Hardware: Benefits of Electronic Access Control

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Formal LEED-EBOM Certification

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Restrooms: Use Hygiene Monitor to Measure Bacteria Count

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Door Hardware: Important Technology Advances

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Door Hardware: Check Load Capacity, Cycle Frequency

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Door Hardware: Installation Considerations

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Door Hardware Maintenance: Problems and Solutions

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Plan on Good IAQ

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Door Hardware: ADA, NFPA Affect Product Specification

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Always Consider Energy, the Envelope and Reuse What You Can

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Best Practices: Daylighting, IAQ, Green Cleaning and More

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How To Prepare Your Building for LEED-CI Tenants

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Emergency Preparedness: Three Door-Hardware Issues

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Door Hardware: RFID Technology Improves Security

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PRODUCT FOCUS: Doors and Door Hardware

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Assessing Door and Door Hardware Costs

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Factors in Determining Door Life-cycle Costs

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Door and Door Hardware Product Showcase

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Quality and Quantity Key to Outdoor Lighting

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Light Pollution, Efficiency are Concerns with Outdoor Lighting

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What are the Most Common Sources of IAQ Issues?

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IAQ: Technicians Should Monitor Filters, Dampers

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Access-Control: Hardware Includes Proximity Card/PIN Locks

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Legislation Would Set Energy Efficiency Standards for Outdoor Pole Lighting

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Door Hardware: ID-Card Lock Systems Require More Maintenance

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ID Cards Require Card-Making Equipment, Scanners, Printers

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Lift Specification: Key Questions

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Door Hardware: Training Tools

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Protecting Indoor Air Quality

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How to Perform an Electronic Security System Site Survey

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Assessing the Results of an Electronic Security System Site Survey

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Door Hardware: Battery-Operated Combination Lock Requires No Wiring

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Door Hardware: O&M Manuals Contain Parts Lists, Wiring Diagrams

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Door Hardware: Technician Training Critical with Advanced Technology

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Door Hardware: Controlling Cross-Contamination

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Security And Parking Lot Lighting

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Three Door Installation Problems To Avoid: Air Balancing, Legal Issues and Design Challenges

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Technology Solutions for Door-Hardware Retrofits

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ADA and Door Hardware

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Fire-System Maintenance Includes Fire Alarms and Extinguishers

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ADA and Door Hardware

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LEED Indoor Environmental Quality Tips

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Electronic Lock Cylinders Provide Secure Retrofit

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Software Solutions Make Electronic Lock Cylinders Scalable

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Door Hardware: Stand-Alone Locking Widely Available

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Draft Standard Targets Door Control Panels

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Healthy IAQ: Control Contaminants

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Door Hardware: Select the Right Installer, Product for the Job

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Control Water Vapor, Control Mold

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Doors and Door Hardware: Consider Life-Cycle Costs

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Door Hardware: Test the Product Before Installation

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Proper Maintenance of Locks, Hinges and Handles Helps Lower Costs

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When Do You Use Fire-Rated or Non-Fire-Rated Door Hardware?

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Managers Should Initiate and Follow Up on Door Hardware Training

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Doors and Ceilings Crucial to Firestop Systems

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Relative Humidity Affects Indoor Air Quality

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Proper Maintenance Ensures Door Hardware Performs as Designed

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Fire Doors Offer Unique Maintenance Requirements

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Training Areas Include Ergonomics and IAQ

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Pick the Right Filter for the Job

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Chiller Rebuild Improves IAQ, Relative Humidity

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Door-Hardware Maintenance Includes Lubrication, Adjustment

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Door Misaligned? Reset the Frame

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Door-Hardware Maintenance: Weather-Stripping Basics

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Door and Hardware Selection Factors

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The Role of BHMA Door Standards

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Changes in Technology, Legislation and Codes Improve Safety and Security Lighting

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Greenguard Establishes New Formaldehyde Emission Reduction Certification

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Fenestration Industry Announces New Standard for Windows, Doors and Skylights

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IAQ: Pollutants Contribute to Asthma

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Hot Issue: Maintaining Fire-Rated Doors

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NIOSH Proposes Research on Building-Related Asthma in Schools

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The inside track on IAQ

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Door Hardware Performance Hinges on Both Product And Installation

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Safety and Security: A New Generation

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Biometric Technology: A New Level of Security

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Industry Organizations Team Up to Improve Commercial IAQ

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Door Hardware: Finding the Key to Security

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Attacking IAQ Head-On

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IAQ: What You Can Do

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EPA Begins Final Lower Manhattan Testing

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From Codes to Climate, Many Factors Can Swing Product Selection

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Mix and Match to Clear the Air

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Power (and Safety) in Hand

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ASHRAE/ACCA Inspection, Maintenance Standard Open for Review

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New Cleaning Certification Focuses on Indoor Air Quality

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ASHRAE Study Shows Benefits of Increased School Ventilation

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Surgeon General Backs ASHRAE on Problems Relating to Indoor Smoking

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Training Spotlight: Indoor Air Quality

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Training Spotlight: IAQ and Technology

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Door Hardware: Code Considerations

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Mold: What Science Says Now

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Door Hardware: Specifying for Security

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IAQ Analysis: Updating the Arsenal

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Going with the flow: A closer look at air movement

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A Closer Look at Diagnostic Technology

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Doors, Dollars and Common Sense

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Balancing IAQ and Green

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IAQ: Focus on Filters

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HVAC Systems and Mold

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Durable Door Hardware

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The Inside Story on Clean Indoor Air

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Specification with Security in Mind

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In Conjunction with the Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration
IAQ: Tools & Strategies

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Four Questions To Ask About Door Hardware

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Door Hardware: Meeting the ACCESS Test

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Door Hardware: Security Solution

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Clear Choices on Air Filters

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IAQ and the Older Facility

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The Security-Door Hardware Link
Windows are a fatal security weakness, avoid them at all cost!

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Closing the Door to Trouble

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The Doors to Success

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Building an IAQ Arsenal

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Maintenance Bulletin

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Door Hardware and Durability