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Security Camera Technology

Video surveillance is evolving. The new trend is for security cameras to use digital Internet Protocol (IP) technology. What kind of security cameras do you prefer for new installations?
Almost always IP cameras.
A mix of IP and analog cameras.
Almost always analog cameras.
No preference.



Do You Have A Green Roof?

Green roofs, also known as garden roofs, are gradually gaining acceptance in the marketplace. What factors motivated you to install a green roof?
Needed to earn additional LEED points.
Wanted to reduce stormwater runoff.
Wanted to reduce energy costs.
Wanted to create a garden area for employees to enjoy.
We have not pursued a green roof.



Global Warming: Fact or Fiction?

As the story in this month's issue of Building Operating Management explains, as president, both John McCain and Barack Obama are likely to push for a bill to cap the emissions of greenhouse gases, which are viewed as a major contributor to global warming by scientists. What is your view on global warming?
Global warming is a proven fact and is mostly caused by emissions from cars and industrial facilities such as power plants and factories.
Global warming is a proven fact and is mostly caused by natural changes that have nothing to do with emissions from cars and industrial facilities.
Global warming is a theory that has not yet been proven.
I'm not sure.



What Version of LEED?

As the story in this issue of Building Operating Management explains, the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program will undergo a major revision next year. What version, if any, of LEED do you plan to pursue in the next year?
LEED for New Construction (LEED-NC)
LEED Core and Shell (LEED-CS)
LEED for Schools
LEED for Existing Buildings - Operations & Maintenance (LEED-EB)
LEED for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI)
None of the above.



Water Conservation

As the story in this issue of Building Operating Management explains, water is considered an increasingly precious resource. How important is water efficiency to your organization?
Very important.
Somewhat important.
Not important.



Renewable Power

Power purchasing agreements (also known as PPAs) enable facility executives to buy renewable power without having to worry about the initial high capital costs that would come with owning a solar array. Do you use renewable energy in any of your facilities?
Yes
No



Do You Monitor Energy Use?

As the article in this month's Building Operating Management explains, not all green buildings hit their energy targets — some use more energy than they should. Do you have a plan in place to monitor energy use of your green buildings on an ongoing basis?
Yes
No



Are Your Lighting Upgrades Saving Money?

As the lighting article in this month's Building Operating Management explains, facility executives need to understand that the quality of savings projections for lighting upgrades can vary. Generally, have the savings from your lighting upgrades met expectations?
Yes - Lighting upgrades easily meet our payback expecations.
No - At least one project hasn't generated the expected savings.



Do Lighting Upgrades Make the Cut?

As the lighting article in this month
Yes - Lighting upgrades easily
No - At least one project hasn



Security Audits

Of the buildings you manage, what percentage have had a security audit conducted in the last three years?
Less than 25 percent
25 to 49 percent
50 to 74 percent
75 percent or more



Green Cleaning?

As the story in this month's issue of Building Operating Management explains, green cleaning programs have the potential to improve indoor environmental quality and save money. Does your organization use a green cleaning program?
Yes
No



Water in the Data Center?

For data centers facing extreme cooling problems, water cooling is an option. As the story in this month's Building Operating Management explains, however, water cooling setups can be a challenge to implement and operate. Do you use water cooling in your data center?
Yes — We currently use water i
Yes — We currently use water i
No — Water cooling has too man
No — But we are considering wa



Face of the Future

As the cover story in January's issue of Building Operating Management explains, as Baby Boomers migrate out of the industry in the next few years, a new generation of leaders will play increasingly prominent roles in facility management. How old are you?
Less than 35 years old
35 to 44 years old
45 to 54 years old
55 to 64 years old
65 years or older



IEQ Priorities

Achieving good indoor environmental quality often means taking a variety of factors into account. Do certain factors get priority when it comes to IEQ?
Yes — Flooring gets the most s
Yes — Ergonomics/furniture get
Yes — Accoustics gets the most
Yes — HVAC gets the most scrut
No — The goal is to find balan



Has BIM Arrived?

Building information modeling (BIM) is slowly gaining momentum not only for design and construction, but also facility management and operations. Have you used BIM in any capacity?
Yes
No



Which Version of LEED?

As this month’s story about the U.S. Green Building Council explains, there are multiple ways for a building to earn LEED certification.What version of LEED do you plan to use in the next year?
LEED for New Construction (LEE
LEED for Existing Buildings (L
LEED Core and Shell (LEED-CS)
LEED for Schools
Not pursuing LEED Certificatio




Can Green Buildings Increase Profit?

As the August cover story in Building Operating Management shows, some developers are starting to build green. Do you think green buildings can ultimately be more profitable for developers?
Yes
No
Unsure



Commercial Real Estate and Energy Efficiency

Commercial real estate organizations have long been resistant to energy efficiency initiatives. Nevertheless, as this month’s cover story in Building Operating Management shows, some organizations are making energy efficiency a priority. What steps does your organization generally follow regarding energy efficiency?
Most new buildings in the port
Most buildings pursue green ce
Most building use ENERGY STAR
All of the above.
None of the above.



Summer HVAC Problems

As the weather has warmed over the last few months, have you encountered unplanned HVAC problems?
We encoutered many unplanned p
We encountered some unplanned
We encountered few unplanned p



Measuring Security Response

While police have not placed any blame, some observers have singled out authorities at Virginia Tech for the two-hour delay that occurred before the campus was notified that there was a shooting. The second shooting occurred shortly thereafter. If such an event took place in your facilities, how much time would you expect it to take to gather enough information to alert building occupants?
0-14 minutes
15-29 minutes
30-44 minutes
45-59 minutes
More than an hour



The Importance of Commissioning

As facility systems become more complicated, it's becoming more critical to perform commissioning in new buildings and periodically recommission equipment in existing buildings. How important is commissioning to your organization?
Very important.
Somewhat important.
Not a priority.



IT and Facilities

Experts say that increasing demands of technology require more cooperation between IT and Facilities — two organizations home to very different cultures. What is your view of your organization's IT department?
Great
Fair
Poor



Handling Abandoned Cable

Abandoned cable has the potential to be a major hazard during a fire, yet many facilities don't have policies in place to remove abandoned cable. Do you have a consistent policy requiring the removal of cable abandoned in ceiling plenums?
Yes.
No.



Are You Prepared?

While the likelihood of a chemical, biological or radiological attack is difficult to predict, the damage could be extensive. How well prepared are your facilities against the threat of a chemical, biological or radiological attack?
Very prepared.
Somewhat prepared.
Not well prepared.



Fire Safety

Performance-based designs allow facility executives to meet fire codes by tailoring fire safety systems to their individual facilities. Have you used a performance-based design in your facility?
Yes
No



Bracing For Bird Flu

Even though there’s no consensus in the scientific community about the actual likelihood of a pandemic based on bird flu, most experts recommend that organizations have a plan in place if it does occur. How prepared is your organization?
Very prepared.
Somewhat prepared.
Not prepared at all.



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