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Make Your Memos Hit the Mark

Jan. 22, 2010

Whenever you write something, you’re trying to influence someone. You want them to follow your instructions, give you their approval, accept your position, or look favorably upon you and your company.

Your ability to influence others is important to your success. You’ll fail to influence others if your memos and letters are hard to read, e-mails are ignored, procedures are overly complex, building notices miss the point and look unprofessional, business cases are unconvincing, and occupant newsletters are uninteresting.

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Long-Term Monitoring of Envelope Performance

Automated methods of monitoring the long-term performance of building envelopes have been few. However, inexpensive datalogging tools and sensors are offering more clues to conditions that are inaccessible to direct observation, helping facilities managers get immediate alerts about problems, pinpoint locations, and develop remedies. Combined with weather information, the building data provides a new level of detail into performance.

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ASHRAE Publishes Update to Principles of HVAC
ASHRAE’s newly published Principles of Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioning textbook builds on much of the basic information in the 2009 ASHRAE Handbook-Fundamentals.
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Architecture Billings Index Remains in Negative Territory
After a drop of more than 3 points in November, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI), which reflects the approximate 9- to 12-month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending, had a negligible increase of less than 1 point in December.
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2009: A Successful Year for the American High-Rise
Three of the five tallest buildings completed during the year were located in the United States.
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The FM Toolkit: What You Have and What You Need
What does it take to do your job well? Learn about the hardware, software, resources, and skills essential to facilities management.
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Marketing Your Facilities Department
All facilities groups – no matter what industry – have direct performance and financial impact on expense control/profitability, productivity, staff welfare, and delivery of products and services, but if you don’t tell management about your successes, they’ll only notice when something goes wrong.
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Maintaining Façade & Envelope Integrity
The building envelope is the skin that surrounds a building, providing protection for the structure, interiors, and occupants from the degrading elements of nature. Learn the root causes of building envelope failures and how to avoid them.
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Retroficient by Prescolite
Prescolite’s Retroficient is the industry’s first universal listed commercial retrofit downlight.
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JUMPFLEX 857-819 mV Signal Conditioner by WAGO Corporation
The 857-819 mV Signal Conditioner from WAGO Corporation ensures safety through three-way isolation.
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LATICRETE 125 Sound & Crack Adhesive by LATICRETE
The new and improved 125 Sound & Crack Adhesive from LATICRETE is manufactured with 30 percent post-consumer recycled materials.
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