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By now, you’re sick of hearing about it – the constant din of reporters and headlines telling you just how bad the economy is, how construction is suffering, and how it might take a while for things to turn around.

For building owners and managers who are taking on construction and modernization projects this year, and in the near future (in our 2009 Modernization and New Construction Trends report, more than 80 percent of you indicated that you’re doing this), it’s more important than ever to review best practices to avoid coming in late and over budget.

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Intl. Code Council Launches Development of Safe and Sustainable Green Code
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Oregon Office Building Earns Highest Green Globes Rating
Columbia Square, a 313,000-square-foot office building and flagship property in the Melvin Mark Companies real estate portfolio, has been awarded 4 Globes by the Green Building Initiative (GBI) for achievements in green design and sustainable operations.
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BuildingsU Webinars

How to Land Stimulus Funds for Your Buildings
While the credit crunch crimps private funds for building construction and modernization, the stimulus package is supplying an enormous amount of new funds. How can you tap into this money provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act?

Senator John Sununu, a member of the oversight panel for TARP funds, presents the first webinar in our series, “The Stimulus Package: Opportunities for Building Modernization and Construction.” A question-and-answer session will follow.
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Plan Ahead for a Successful Office Renovation
Smart planning in the early stages increases your chances for a successful office renovation. Proactive planning can be very helpful in sidestepping the headaches that might otherwise plague a remodeling and/or expansion project.
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Project-Management Solutions for Building Owners and Developers
Construction requires a high degree of planning and coordination to be successful. Owners that construct only a limited number of buildings can benefit by implementing a good construction project-management solution.
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Hidden Risks in the Current Construction Environment
Which way are construction prices going? Polish up that crystal ball or find, in Harry Truman's famous words, that ever-elusive one-handed economist. Given the current construction environment, there are new and magnified risks that you should know how to alleviate.
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Going Green in a Down Economy
Lighting Control for Existing Buildings
A Closer Look at Green Retail Facilities
Boost Efficiency and Reliability via Cogeneration
Low-Energy Office Equipment
Green Operations for Industrial Facilities
Prevent 17 Common Lighting Mistakes
Improve Energy (and Financial) Performance
New Modifications to the ADA Law
5 Counties Share Their Best FM Practices

July 13, 2009
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