Shop Talk: 31 Expense-Slashing Solutions

Sept. 27, 2010

When you have a cup of coffee with your peers, you share the ways you solved a problem, found a new use for a product, or slashed your budget without slashing quality. The BUILDINGS editorial team has had coffee with a number of facilities managers and has compiled a list of their best practices. Learn about the inventive practices your peers are using, like implementing daytime cleaning, arming security guards with temperature guns, using wireless irrigation systems, and purchasing refurbished furniture.

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