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Mobile Technology Aids Real-Time Energy Monitoring

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Mobile Technology: Managers Offer Insights and Strategies

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Veteran Facility Manager Shares Insight On a Changing Industry

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Mobile Workforce Raises HR Questions

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How Do The Building IoT and Mobile Tech Complement Each Other?

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Cyber Security: As Tech Becomes More Complex, New Issues Surround Data Security

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Dan Hounsell Editorial: Facility Safety, With a Focus on Facades

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SIDEBAR: 6 Questions Can Reduce Risk of New Building Technology

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Maintenance Planning: From Concept to Reality

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Decide What Constitutes a Good or Acceptable Maintenance Plan

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Fine-Tune Maintenance Planning Process with Measuring and Meetings

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The Great Outdoors: Workplace Trends Changing

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SURVEY: Mobile Technology — Exploring the Opportunities

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Tablets Lag Behind Laptops for Maintenance Technicians

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Survey: Funding Ranks as Toughest Roadblock to Adopting Mobile Technology

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What Does Future Hold for Mobile Technology?

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The Move To Mobile FM

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Facility Managers Use Mobile Technology To Access Information Anywhere, Be More Efficient

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Benefits of Mobile for Facility Managers: Time Saved, Faster Response

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SIDEBAR: How Mobile And the Building Internet of Things (IoT) Are Complementary

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FAA Creating Rules to Ensure Safe Drone Operation

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Commercial Drones Give Managers Eyes in the Sky

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Managers Strive to Learn Benefits of Drone Technology

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Challenges and Costs Associated with Drone Technology

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Managing Plusses, Minuses of Portable Technology

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Consider Process When Utilizing Mobile Devices

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Mass Shootings One Issue Among Many in Campus Security

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Crisis Intervention, Threat Assessment Programs Supporting Campus Security

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Increasing Use of Technology Aiding Campus Security Forces

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Impact of Clery Act Requirements on Campus Security

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IoT Is Next Step for Facilities, but Understanding and Trust Must Catch Up

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Benefits to Facility Managers of IoT Capability, Sensors

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How Building IoT Offers Accountability to Occupants

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Making Facilities Ready to Optimize IoT for Tenants

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‘Penny-Wise and Pound-Foolish&lrquo;: What Corporation Learned in Using Risk Assessment

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Organization Hurt by Poorly Maintained Technology, Untrained Staff

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Security Measures Must be Designed for the Specific Problems

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Dan Hounsell: Communication With IT Department Critical to Success

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Training Staff, Occupants to Reach Sustainability Goals

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Data Center Expansion Meets Growing Need

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Maintenance Team Takes Charge of Data Center

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Creating a Facilities Environment Inviting to Technology

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Knowing and Designing For Your Occupants

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Design, Sustainable Practices Are Natural Fit for High-Performance Workplace

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Smart Technology Drives High-Performance Buildings, Provides Granular Detail

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Improving Greenness of Cleaning Programs

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Making Elevator Modernization Decisions

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Mobile Technology, Natural Lighting as High-Performance Tools

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Sustainable Construction and High-Performance Workplaces

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Hesitations over Smart Technology and the Promise of More Benefits

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Reaping Benefits of Smart-Building Capabilities, Including Digital Credentialing

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Smart-Building Tools for High-Performance Buildings

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Hospitals Weigh Access Control, Intrusion Detection to Boost Safety and Security­

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Technology Updates Could Signal Need for Lighting Upgrades

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New Lighting Technology Can Bring New Challenges

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Energy Codes, Technology Improvements Driving Changes in Lighting

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White LED Lamps Are Biggest Recent Development in Lighting

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Protecting Healthcare Staff From Patients, Family Members

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Key Issues in Buying Healthcare Security Technology

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Audits, Employee Education Put More ‘Green’ in Cleaning Programs

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Focus on Cleaning Processes, Certifications, Suppliers Pays Off

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Evaluating Existing Elevator System

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Incorporate Technology Into Outsourcing Equation

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Questions and Answers for Successful Lighting System Upgrades

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Questions to Ask Lighting Manufacturers About Wireless Controls

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Project Scope Questions to Ask Manufacturers Before Lighting Upgrade

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Budget Questions to Ask Before Embarking on Lighting Upgrade

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Retrofitting Elevators for Energy Efficiency: Pros and Cons

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How To Reduce Elevators' Energy Use

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Protecting Healthcare Staff From Patients, Family Members

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Appropriate Technology Is Key To Hospital Security

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Infrared Imaging: Benefits Beyond the Basics

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Application Possibilities Expand for Infrared Technology

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Matching Infrared Imaging With Facility Needs

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Maximizing Payback on Infrared Imaging Purchase

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Make Security Planning A Priority During Building Design

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Building Owner Needs To Take Lead Role In Prioritizing Security

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Focus On Zones Of Control And Protection To Minimize Security Gaps

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Bringing IT Onto The Security Team

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Wireless Lighting Controls: Reducing Energy Use, Costs, and Maintenance

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Wireless Lighting Controls Ride LED Wave

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Challenges Associated with Wireless Lighting Controls

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Local Energy Standards Play Role in Wireless Lighting Control Systems

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Dave Lubach: Pay It Forward — Complete the Technology Circle

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Lighting Retrofits for LEDs Require Understanding Facility Needs

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Benefits and Challenges Associated with LEDs

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LED Specification Strategies

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Managers discuss their successes and challenges when tapping into technology

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Plumbing Codes, Technologies, And Rating Systems Are Driving Water Efficiency In Restrooms

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Water Codes And Standards Continue To Tighten Water Usage Limits

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Measurement, Benchmarking Of Water Use Can Help Drive Efficiency

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Operations Affect Security With Access Control Systems

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Lighting Technology Advances Lead To Greater Energy Efficiency Savings

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Digitally Controlled Lighting Systems Can Provide Improved Efficiency

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Advances In Lamp Technology Offer Energy Efficiency, High Performance

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Lighting Audit Can Help Facility Managers Determine Best Lighting Solution

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Decision Between Repairing, Retrofitting Or Replacing Windows Has Number Of Considerations

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Window Gasket Failure Does Not Always Mean Window Replacement

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Building Characteristics Play Important Role In Selecting Suitable Replacement Windows

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Installation Can Often Be Root Of Window Problems

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Talking Points Column: Maximizing CMMS Technology, Expecting the Unexpected

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Training, Maintenance Are Keys To Access Control

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Technology Drives Improvements in Access Control

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Technology Transfers From Manufacturing Plants to Commercial Facilities

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3D Printing Technology Expanding in Facilities Management

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Ultrasonic Technology Useful in Determining Life of Equipment

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Advanced BAS Assists With Providing Improved Data

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Video Inspection Technology: Drain Cleaning With a View

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Video Inspection Technology not for Every Facility

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Technicians Like Idea of Identifying Clogs Immediately

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Advantages of LED Technology

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How To Address Common LED Myths During Planning

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LED Evaluation Checklist, From Codes To Costs

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Examine State, Local Energy Codes To See How LEDs Can Help Save Energy

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Some Common Applications For LED Lighting Technology

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Key Energy Use Metrics Can Help Maximize Energy Savings With Windows

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Making Windows More Efficient: Low-E Coatings, Warm-Edge Spacers, Electrochromic Glass

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Daylighting, Coatings, Installation Can All Affect Role Of Windows In Energy Consumption

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Putting Infrared Technology to Work

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Thermal Imagers Popular Option for Predictive Maintenance

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Training Programs Recommended to Use Thermal Imagers

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Efficiency, Avoiding Mistakes Key to Lighting Retrofits

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Codes, Rebates to Consider for Lighting Retrofits

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Efficient Lighting Technology Options Available

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Tailoring Lighting Project to Specific Application

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Lighting Retrofit Resources

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In Miami, Brickell World Plaza Combines Connectivity, Sustainability To Provide Green Class A Office Space

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ICT, Uptime And Direct Internet Connection Are Some Of Brickell World Plaza's Selling Points

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Internet Connectivity, Security Are Critical Elements of 600 Brickell's Building Intelligence

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Water Demands, Energy Management Are Among Lessons Learned From Early Days of 600 Brickell

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Data Center Innovation Demands Better Communication

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Measuring, Managing, and Maximizing Facility Data Important for Managers

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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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John Balzer Builds Team to Transform Operating Rooms to Hybrid Surgical Suites

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Carefully prepare pitch for new equipment

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Give staff training they need for new equipment

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Smart Windows Choices Include Low-E Glass, Electrochromic Glazing

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Don't Overlook Window Frames As Energy Savers

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Improved Window Performance A Challenge In Existing Buildings

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Infrared Imagers, Digital Multimeters Among New Tools of Maintenance

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Diagnostic Technology: Electrical Test Equipment

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Specifying Diagnostic Tools for Predictive Maintenance

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FM And IT Need To Work Together

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Smart-Controller Technology Helps Managers Irrigate Sustainably

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Sustainability: Assessing Irrigation Needs Prevents Problems

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Lower Operating Costs, Energy Consumption Help LEDs Gain Ground

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Energy Efficiency Drives LED Decisions

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Exceptionally Long Life Another Selling Point for LEDs

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Specifying LED Lighting Requires Comparison Of First Cost To Total Cost

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Solid State Lighting Does Have Unique Challenges

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New Technology: Don't Be 'That Guy'

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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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Advances in Water Efficiency Technology, Codes and Policies

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Wireless Metering Enhances Sustainability Reporting

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Determining facility's energy metering needs

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Specifying Effective Portable Cooling Equipment

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Thermal Imaging: Moisture Inspections on Low-Slope Roofs

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Moisture Inspections Require Alternative Testing Methods

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Limitations of Infrared Technology in Moisture Inspections

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Power-Metering Technology Advances Give Managers More Control

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Power-Metering Application Strategies Increase Efficiency

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Cost Effectiveness: Determining Facility Meter Needs

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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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Reviewing Renewable Energy Technology

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Roofing Technological Advances

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A Realistic Look at Renewable Energy Technology

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Drawbacks to Renewable Energy

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Renewable Energy Post Installation Issues

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Restroom Hygiene: Not All Challenges Are Visible

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Using Technology to Eliminate Cross Contamination

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Identifying Hygiene Challenges

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Showcase: Security Products

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How to Design an Electronic Security System

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Electronic Security Systems: How To Select Vendors And Manage Construction

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The Digital Data Era Is Here. Are You Prepared?

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Combining Aesthetics With Safety, Reliability, and Performance

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Exterior Lighting Choices Include LEDs, Alternatives

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Exterior Lighting and Dark Skies

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Cutting the Cord: Wireless Controls Bring Flexibility

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Expansion Advantages of Wireless Controls

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Technology Brings Positive Change To Fire Safety

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Laser Scanning: Technology to Analyze Building Facades

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Laser Scanning Creates Three-Dimensional Model of Facilities

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Lighting: Managers Specify LEDs for Walkways, Landscapes

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LEDs: Myths about Performance, Maintenance

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Water Conservation: Flushometers, Waterless Urinals Boost Efficiency

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Infrared Imaging: Lower Camera Costs Increase Use

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Infrared Imaging: Detailed Reports Provide Valuable Information

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How do LEDs Compare to CFLs?

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LEDs: Beware of Performance Characteristics

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Get the Information on Water Cost and Use

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Restrooms Offer Many Water Efficient Options

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Data Center Security Design

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When Windows Fail

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Window Product Showcase

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LEDs: Popular for Exterior Applications

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LEDs: Specification Challenges

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Power Meters: Report to Building-Control System

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LEDs Improve Lighting Performance, Reliability

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LEDs: Maintenance Considerations, Lamp Replacement

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Infrared Imaging: Link Between Temperature & Equipment Failure

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Equipment Inspections: Infrared Thermography & Oil Analysis

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Fourteen Critical Business Topics FMs Should Understand

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Security Upgrade: Hospital Undertakes Risk Assessment

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Security Retrofit: Upgrade Access-Control System

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Security: IP-Based, Digital Cameras Streamline Retrofit

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Lighting Controls: Daylighting and Dimming Strategies

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LED Technology: Lamps Improve Light Quality, Performance Life

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What are the Main Types of Portable-Cooling Units?

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NEMA Publishes Guidance on Solid-State Lighting

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Understanding Occupancy-Sensor Technology

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Security Technology: Centralize or At the Edge?

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Occupancy Sensors: Passive Infrared, Ultrasonic and Dual-Technology

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The Role of Technology and Young Facility Managers

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New Technology Leads to Increased Energy Efficiency

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The Future of Plumbing Technology

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EPA Grants $2.9 Million in Small Business Contracts for New Environmental Technologies

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Five Minutes With…Jeff Sugzdinis, Information Technology Technician West Chester University of Pennsylvania

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New Report Focuses on Hydrogen Technology

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New HVAC Tube Technology Could Lead To More Efficient Cooling

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Standard Outlines Vocabulary for Nanotechnology

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Green 2.0: Hospitals and the Enviroment

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High-Tech Makeovers

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Water Conservation Rules Spreading

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In Case of Emergency, Show Occupants the Door

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Facilities Unplugged

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Access control technology: finding the right path to better security

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Security in the News

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Learning Curve

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New Technology, Old Challenges

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

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On the Horizon: Trends in Lighting Technology

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Personal Solutions

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Web technology: Reshaping performance and perception

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The Future Looks Bright for Organic LED Lighting

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Grounds for Efficiency

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Personal Solutions

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Lighting

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Batteries: The Power Behind the Tool

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Personal Solutions

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Editor�s Notebook

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Easing Restroom Access

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Implementing technology: How fast? How much?

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Cordless Tools Come of Age

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Hospital becomes a proving ground for RCM