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Dealing with Water Concerns Starts with Getting the Terminology Right

It is time to reconsider the terms we to discuss the protection and management of our water supply.

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What You Don't Know About Corrosion, Paint, and Coatings

Identifying these state-of-the-art repair systems is difficult. But the savings that can be obtained by understanding all of the alternatives relating to corrosion and erosion could save significant amounts of time and money.

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Ford Dearborn Truck Plant Green Roof at Ten Years

The Rouge green roof marked its official tenth anniversary in April 2013. In this interview, Roger Gaudette, director of asset management for Ford Land Corporation, discusses the history and performance of the green roof.

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Seven Ways to Prevent Football Stadium Accidents

Are fans getting more careless at football games? Since 2003, there have more than two dozen cases of fans falling at stadiums across the United States.

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Smart Acoustical Design for Healthcare

Healthy indoor environmental quality (IEQ) is not only integral to a patient’s healing process, but it can also help solve various industry requirements and regulations that pose particular challenges for health facilities. More specifically, careful acoustical design can help boost Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey scores, help meet Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI) for healthcare requirements, and even contribute points to LEED for healthcare.

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Employee Engagement: The Key to a Successful Sustainability Program

Communication and engagement are critical to an effective sustainability program. A building owner may be doing great things to help reduce the environmental impact of the property, but if no one knows about it— or helps contribute to the progress— the initiative loses impact.

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Tips for Fire Sprinkler Maintenance

As a facility manager it is essential to make sure your sprinkler system is properly maintained in order to ensure the health of your building and its occupants.

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What are the Benefits of Phenolic Material?

Those who have incorporated phenolic products in their projects understand the benefits of phenolic, but for those who haven’t, here is what every architect, designer, and building owner should know.

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Tips for Combatting Rodents During Rainy Summer Months

As much of the country continues to experience rainy weather, pest problems are also pouring in on office and property managers, threatening the reputation and structural integrity of their building as well as the health of their tenants. Mice and rats become particularly active when precipitation levels are on the rise because rain spurs vegetation, which then provides plenty of food. In fact, the correlation is so strong that many rodent trap suppliers base their production on rainfall.

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3 Considerations for EV Charging Stations

Facilities should consider EV infrastructure as part of a larger sustainability or energy efficiency strategy, not just an independent green project. If you’re ready to accommodate electric vehicles on your property, remember that one size doesn’t fit all. Consider the following factors as you evaluate different options to ensure a successful transition to EV charging.

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