01/01/2009

Do More With Less

Editor Jana J. Madsen discusses tough times and how Buildings' coverage can help

Contributors: James Earl  
 

Jana J. Madsen
Editor

Times are tough. It may seem as though the pressure to create value by cutting costs, optimizing building systems, and increasing efficiency has never been greater. With resources scarce, the "do-more-with-less" directive can sometimes be disheartening. Don't despair.

Buildings magazine has been here for you for 102 years, and its team of editors remains dedicated to helping you succeed - even in this tough economy. In 2009, we're introducing a new monthly column aimed at providing information, tips, and step-by-step instruction on how to lower operating costs. Read our inaugural article, focused this month on the payoffs of cleaning lighting fixtures and lamps. I think you'll be surprised by what Managing Editor Leah B. Garris uncovered.

Findings from a recent survey among readers revealed that energy management continues to be of utmost importance to facilities professionals. As a result, expect lots of information on the pages of Buildings magazine throughout the coming year that focuses on increasing energy efficiency and lowering utility bills; this issue's cover story is a good example. Read about commissioning and how it can lower energy consumption while improving building-system efficiency and reliability. As this story will tell you, if you haven't commissioned your building(s) in a while, perhaps it's time. Author and expert Steve Harrell of SSRCx, explains why retro-commissioning and Continuous Commissioning can result in a better bottom line.

Getting the job done and doing it well are two different things. As demands for your time increase, resources seem scarce, and capital is deferred, rally your spirits and rise to the challenge. Find ways to work smarter, not harder. Do more with less money, less energy, and, frankly, fewer headaches. And, if we can help, don't hesitate to let us know how; e-mail me at jana.madsen@buildings.com. We're here to serve you (for at least another century).

 


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Visit our website today to learn about the design flexibility of a Morton building and the endless possibilities of partnering with our designBUILD team.


Wood construction is both cost and energy efficient. Check out Morton Buildings and our designBUILD team online today to discover all the benefits of post-frame construction.


When choosing a metal-clad building for your next construction project, consider Morton Buildings, Inc., and their designBUILD team, we’ll make your dream a reality.

Bluebeam® Revu® simplifies digital facilities document management from design review to leveraging as-builts, maintenance manuals and O&Ms submittals.

Yaskawa drives offer quality performance for air handlers and cooling towers on the roof to secondary chilled water pumps in the basement

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Our mission is to help our customers manage their buildings' energy costs, improve reliability, and enhance performance while having a positive impact on the environment.
CLICK HERE to find out how.


 
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