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Data Center As A Service (DCaaS), Colocation Offer Data Center Flexibility, Expandability

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Tips for FMs Who Run Colocation and DCaaS Data Centers

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Vested Approach to Outsourcing Creates Long-Term Value

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Dead Dollars: Postal Service Pays $5.3 Million Annual to Deceased Lessors

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Minnesota Hospitals' Cleanest Patient Rooms Ranked

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Houston’s Scott Minnix Made Facility Assessment His First Priority

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Minnix Helped Secure Key Maintenance Funds

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A City Facility Director on Understanding Influence of Politics, Diverse Constituencies

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Minnix’s Facilities Role Akin to Air Traffic Controller’s

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For Minnix, Municipal Real Estate Portfolios Demand Different Paradigm

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Interconnected World: How Green Building Relates to Sharing of ‘Common’ Resources

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Sustainability Game Offers Lesson in Ocean Depletion

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Relating Building Management to Our Common Air, Energy Resources

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USGBC Perspective: the 2015 Green Building Economic Impact Study

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Task-Based Building Service Contracts Are Co-Employment Contracts

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NLRB Decisions On Co-Employment Hold Lessons For Facility Managers

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For Facility Managers, Internet of Things Changes the Game

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IoT Facility Applications Engage Issues Like Resilience, Staffing, Analytics

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Public-Private Investment Proposed to Help National Park Service Out of Deferred Maintenance Hole

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Lack of Attentiveness, Displaced Frustration Can Fuel Occupant Complaints

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Categorizing the Types of Complainers Organizations Encounter

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Some Keys to Providing Good Facility Customer Service

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Make Complainer Part of the Solution and Provide Feedback

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Complaints Offer Insight, but Shouldn’t Dictate Organization’s Strategic Direction

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Apologies, Problem-Solving Can Help Assuage Occupant Complaints

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3 Ways to Reduce Customer Complaints

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Financing Risk Appetite, Technology Choices Also Key in Picking Energy-Efficiency Financing

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The Focus on Sustainable Electricity Through PEER

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Understand Causes of Occupant Complaints and Turn Them Into a Positive

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Consider Tax Appetite in Picking Best Financing for Energy Efficiency

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Outsourcing Is Not the Only Way to Stretch FM Budget

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To Drive Data Center Efficiency, eBay Combined Facilities And IT Departments

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How Delphi Selected A Facility Management Service Provider

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Delphi, Facility Management Provider Focus On Savings Opportunities

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Rigorous Approach To Outsourcing Can Pay Off In Facility Management Choice

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Preventive Maintenance Helps Keep Elevator Costs Downs, Prevents Premature Modernization

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Preventive Maintenance For Elevators Must Include Motor, Brakes, Drive

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Destination Dispatch, Closed-Loop Door Systems, Machine-room-less Elevators Are Driving Vertical Transportation Trends

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Outsourcing In Government Has Broad Ramifications

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Procurement: Lowest Price Doesn't Always Mean Lowest Cost

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Partnering With Suppliers Produces Many Benefits

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Customer Service Roundtable: Managers Discuss Savvy Practices

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Keys Components for Maintenance Work-Order Scheduling

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Customer Service: The Face of Maintenance

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Allow for Travel Time When Responding to a Preventive Maintenance Issue

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Define Performance Expectations in Outsourced Services

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Understanding ESCOs and Facility Needs Equals Success

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ESCOs: Success Starts with Identifying Energy-Efficiency Targets

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ESCOs: Success Requires Careful Selection of Energy-Efficiency Projects

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Know options for lamp recycling

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Evaluate contractors’ green services to meet green goals

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Elevator Service Provider Considerations

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Elevator Service Provider Considerations

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General Services Administration's Goal of Carbon Neutral by 2030 Requires Improved Energy Efficiency in Existing Buildings

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High-performance HVAC Systems Help GSA Reduce Energy Consumption

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Building Controls, Smart Meters are Keys to GSA's Renovation Projects

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Green Proving Ground Program Helps GSA Evaluate Energy-Saving Technologies

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Energy Efficiency Blueprint?

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Making Utility Rebates and Incentives Work

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Selecting Qualified Energy-Efficiency Service Providers

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Becoming Familiar with Energy-Saving Program Requirements

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Customer-centered Approach to IAQ

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Consider Contractor Location When Outsourcing

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Careful Planning Brings Benefits from Performance Contracting

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Performance Contracting Requires Understanding Facility Needs

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Selecting an ESCO: Questions To Ask

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MSCA Star Certifies Non-Residential Mechanical Service Contractors

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Outsourced Service Providers Want to Be on the Team

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For Facility Managers Looking To Save Energy And Money, Four Projects With ESCOs Offer Useful Lessons

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Building Occupants' Requirements Make Every Energy Project Different

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Setting Service Standards with Outsourced Service Providers

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Fluorescent Lights and Controls Myths

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Considerations in Reviewing Outsourcing Service Contracts

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Staffing and Support Should Affect Choice of Data Center Location

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Therapy for Broken Outsourced Service Relationships

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Review Existing Outsourcing Service Contracts to Ensure Success

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Developing a Pro-Active Relationship with Outsourced Service Providers

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Managers Discuss Hiring, Working with Contractors

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Maintenance: Selling Your Accomplishments to Top Management

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Common Problems for Aging Controls Systems

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Snow and Ice: Does the Contractor Have Insurance?

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Snow & Ice Removal: Contracts and Recordkeeping

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Outsourcing Snow and Ice Removal: Contracts and Recordkeeping

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Snow and Ice Removal: How to Price Services

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Snow and Ice: Managers Need to Communicate with Contractors

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Balancing Savings and Performance in Outsourcing

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Networking Helping FMs Get Things Done

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Outsourced Service Procurement Strategies

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Outsourcing May Not Equal Partnership for Facility Managers, Service Providers

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Fair, Flexible Contract Can Foster Cooperative Relationship

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Find Outsourced Service Providers Long on Green

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Selecting Green Service Providers

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BAS And Enterprise Systems

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Partnering with Outsourced Service Providers

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Considering Outsourcing Facilities Management

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Making ESCOs Pay

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The Right Elevator Service Agreement Minimizes Downtime

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Providing Adequate Service to the Fire Safety System During Retrofits

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Outsourcing: Managing Service Providers in the Data Center

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Providing Adequate Service to the Fire Safety System

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Customer Culture

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Making Buildings Count

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Outsourcing Is a Balancing Act

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Personal Solutions

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Sounding Off On Outsourcing

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New Energy Services Gain Ground