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August 2012 Features

Is your water safe? A new standard can help safeguard against a Legionella outbreak. It can lurk in your cooling towers, piping systems, showerheads, hot tubs, sauna rooms, and decorative fountains. It causes flu-like symptoms, hospitalizations, lingering neurological issues, and death. Legionella bacteria begin as a microscopic presence in your water systems and can balloon into a tarnished business image, a CDC investigation, and lengthy lawsuits.
High performance HVAC operational efficiency boils down to three concepts.If you have an older car but want to go faster, you can invest in a new, high-performance car – or you can learn how to bring out the best performance from your existing car. You can do the same with your HVAC.
Student Housing.Comparative Building Costs.Analysis of two dormitories.  Maintenance, restoration, and renovation.
Save time, money, and the environment on your next asphalt paving project with full-depth pavement reclamation.  Also known as asphalt pulverization, full-depth reclamation is a construction rehabilitation technique of removing the distressed layer of existing asphalt, blending it with the existing stone base, and creating a recycled usable base for the new asphalt.
Does your facility reflect your firm's desired lifestyle?  For decades we have been hearing about the increasing mobility of the office workforce and its impact on space utilization — but that hardly means that this trend’s influence has begun to wane. On the contrary, it continues to unfold, and it demands the ongoing attention of facility managers.
Five tips for responding to bedbugs. Barriers to net-zero energy buildings. Release of new LEED guidelines delayed. And more.

Higher education applications pave the way for biomass to be used at your facility.  The combustion of biomass sparks savings in energy and reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Pioneered in Europe over 20 years ago, the technology has been implemented in industrial and educational applications since the early 2000s.

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Alarms, security guards, and sensors can boost door security initiatives.  Cylindrical locks and metal keys provide basic protection against unwanted access, but this traditional form of door security is passive – you won’t know a breach occurred until after the fact.

Guidelines to comply with roofing codes and save money and energy.  An efficient roofing insulation system with the proper thermal rating enables you to maximize your investment. There are several strategies and adjustments you can use to comply with codes, some with better returns than others

Whether natural or recycled, green paints can enhance sustainability.  Regardless if the wall you’re painting will be the color green, the coating you select should be.

Touch-free washroom retrofits can cut down on waste and cross-contamination with automation.
Finding the best lighting control system for your facility doesn't have to be difficult. With roughly 40% of the average facility’s electrical load dedicated to lighting, according to EPA estimates, the benefit of increasing your lighting system’s energy efficiency is clear.

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