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


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Building Certification Groups Make It Easier for FMs to Apply for Both

Building Operating Management
4 Ways To Go Green In Existing Buildings

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Does Value-Engineering Also Cut Occupant Productivity?

Building Operating Management
Solar Canopies Bring Multiple Benefits To Property Management Firm

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Networked Water-Management Systems Aid Green Goals

Building Operating Management
Greenbuild 2015 Heads to Washington, D.C., May Be Biggest Yet

Building Operating Management
Value of Internet of Things to Green Buildings

Building Operating Management
IoT Lighting Controls Taking the Lead in Efficient, Green Applications

Building Operating Management
Complexity of Commercial Buildings a Challenge to IoT Applications

Building Operating Management
Big Future Predicted for IoT, but a Simple Definition Is Elusive

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System Integration Offers Benefits for Green Buildings

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Achieving Good Acoustical Performance in Open Space Designs

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Sound Masking Pushes Toward Individualized, Centralized Control

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Acoustics Driving the Ceiling and Sound Masking Field

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Treatment and Popularity of Re-Using Onsite Water

Building Operating Management
Net-Zero, Re-Use Approaches Address Looming Water Problems

Building Operating Management
On-Site Water Can Lead To Goal of Net-Zero Water

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Operate a Green Building Well and Fire Safety Will Follow

Building Operating Management
Strategies Include Familiarizing Firefighters with Site and Building

Building Operating Management
Green Buildings, Like All Buildings, Must Mitigate Fire Risks

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The Intersection of Green Building Design and Fire Safety

Building Operating Management
New Operations and Maintenance Credits in LEED v4

Building Operating Management
High-Performance Exteriors Require Creativity, Commitment

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Attention To Detail Helps Eliminate Envelope Leaks

Building Operating Management
High-Performance Exterior Helps Library Use Less Energy In More Space

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With Water A Concern, Education Was Key To Convincing Owners To Use Open-Ventilated Rain Screen

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Occupant Engagement, Proper Operation Help Meet Sustainable Operations Goals

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Success Of Sustainability Initiatives Often Hinges On Reaching The Right People

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Engage Facility Staff To Help Ensure Sustainable Operations

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Human Behavior Can Make It Hard To Find Best Way To Encourage Sustainable Behavior

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GSA's Contract Structure For High-Performance Building Project Shows Future Possibilities

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Performance Targets Helped GSA Ensure Expedited Bid Process Didn't Sacrifice Energy Efficiency

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Planning For Measurement And Verification Surprises Helps GSA Hit Energy Efficiency Targets

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Training Of Building Occupants, Operators Is Critical To Maintaining High Performance

Building Operating Management
Pros And Cons Of Green Building Rating Systems

Building Operating Management
Certified Energy Manager Credential Is One Option For Energy-Focused Professional Sustainability Certification

Building Operating Management
Green Globes, Energy Star, BOMA 360, Living Building Challenge Offer Different Benefits For Different Buildings

Building Operating Management
USGBC Perspective: Education @USGBC To Teach Green Building Best Practices

Building Operating Management
LEED v4: How Energy And Atmosphere, Materials And Resources And Indoor Environmental Quality Requirements Have Changed

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Lessons Learned From A LEED v4 Beta Project

Building Operating Management
USGBC Releases Top 10 States For LEED

Building Operating Management
LEED v4 Requires A New Facility Management Approach To LEED

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Why Environmental Product Declarations Are Important for Green Buildings

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How EPDs Are Created, What They Include, and Why They’re Useful

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Energy Model Shows Economic Value of High-Performance HVAC

Facility Maintenance Decisions
A Facility Manager's Guide to LEED-EB O&M Rating System

Facility Maintenance Decisions
Overview of Points System for LEED-EB O&M

Facility Maintenance Decisions
Successful LEED EB O&M Certification May Take Years to Achieve

5 Minutes With
5 minutes with Skip Milton, Assistant Director of Facility Operations at Texas Children's Hospital

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LEED Resources for Facility Managers from Green Building Certification Institute

Facility Focus
As LEED Grows, GBCI Takes Steps to Handle Workload, Ensure Quality

Building Operating Management
Department of Energy: Goal of Better Buildings Challenge is to Cut Down on $60 Billion in Wasted Energy

Building Operating Management
Gathering Energy Data Often Most Difficult Part of Better Buildings Challenge Efforts

Building Operating Management
Better Buildings Challenge Offers Benefits Beyond Just Learning

Facility Maintenance Decisions
Energy Efficiency Blueprint?

Building Operating Management
Six Steps to a Successful LEED-EBOM Project

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LEED-EBOM: Evaluating How Hard It Will Be to Gain Certification

Building Operating Management
Successful LEED-EBOM Projects Require Resourcefulness, Realistic Timelines

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Occupant Buy-in Can Make or Break LEED-EBOM Projects

Facility Maintenance Decisions
Sustaining Sustainability

Facility Maintenance Decisions
Sustainability Performance Measurements

Facility Maintenance Decisions
A Stronger Maintenance-Sustainability Link

Building Operating Management
Facility Managers Explain How They Minimize Risks and Maximize Rewards of New Technology

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Evaluating New Technology: Business Analysis, Third-Party Tests Can Prevent Problems

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Where Facility Managers Can Find Information, Guidance on Evaluating New Technology

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New Building Technology: How Facility Managers Can Insulate Their Organizations From Risks

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International Green Construction Code Approved with Energy Efficiency, Metering Requirements

Building Operating Management
IgCC Adopted in Scottsdale, Ariz.; Lessons Learned

Building Operating Management
International Green Construction Code Sets Energy Efficiency Measures for Buildings

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FMs Can Roll Out LEED-EBOM Across the Campus

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LEED-EBOM 'Master Site' Credits Categorized in Three General Groups

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Facility Managers Can Use LEED-EBOM Categories as Conceptual Tools

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For Envelope, Target Durability, As Well As Energy

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LEED Pilot Credits Target Certified Products, Demand Response

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Healthy And Green With LEED For Healthcare

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LEED for Schools Focuses on Daylighting, Acoustics and Indoor Air Quality

Building Operating Management
New Mexico School District Puts Building Requirements on a LEED Silver Platter

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9 Ways LEED for Schools is Different From LEED-NC

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Building Envelopes Affect Energy Use, so Make Sure Yours Isn't Just a Pretty Face

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For Efficient Exteriors, Start With the Outside, Looking In

Building Operating Management
Understanding What an Energy Model Can and Can't do is Critical to its Success

Building Operating Management
Realistic Expectations Needed to get Most out of Energy Modeling

Building Operating Management
As San Francisco Requires Buildings to Disclose Energy Use, the Obama Administration Pushes for Federal Action

Building Operating Management
Better Buildings Initiative sets new Energy Information Reporting Standards

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Energy Model Can Improve HVAC System Energy Efficiency

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Sustainability Improvements Require Organizational Buy-In

Facility Focus
Sustainability: Green Projects Help Obtain Funding

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High-Performance HVAC System Requires an Integrated Design

Facility Maintenance Decisions
Sustainability: Tactics to Avoid Failure, Embrace Success

Facility Maintenance Decisions
Sustainability Part of Managers' New Normal

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Green Initiatives Save Money, Reduce Energy Use with Kim Farlin

Facility Maintenance Decisions
DOE Grant Fuels County's Green Building Projects

Building Operating Management
Green Building Design Can Pose Fire Safety Challenges

Facility Maintenance Decisions
School Districts Take Lead on Sustainability

Facility Maintenance Decisions
States Develop Green Building Guidelines

Building Operating Management
Maximize Green Investments With an Enterprise-wide Approach

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ASHRAE Seeks Proposal on Green Buildings User’s Manual

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Call for Comments on Green Building Standard

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The American Institute of Architects Announces the 2009 COTE Top Ten Green Projects

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Maintainability and Green Buildings

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AIA Preps Green Building Toolkit

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Assigning Value to Green Buildings

Building Operating Management
Green Building Report

Building Operating Management
REPORT PREPARED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE U.S. GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL
LEED-EB: Focus on Operations

Facility Maintenance Decisions
The ‘Greening’ of Existing Facilities

Building Operating Management
Green Building Report

Building Operating Management
Green CMBS

Building Operating Management
Green Economics: Small Price for Environmental Gains

Building Operating Management
Penn State's Green Coach

Building Operating Management
Numbers Games

Facility Maintenance Decisions
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