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Commercial Painting

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:34

Approximately $7.6 billion was spent on architectural coatings in the U.S. in 2003 according to the National Paint and Coatings Association, Inc.

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Cost Segregation Studies

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:23

Depreciation enters significantly into the financial performance of commercial buildings. Typically, property, exclusive of land, is depreciated over 39 years.

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Reduce Lighting Costs

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:05

Energy costs for commercial buildings are estimated to run about $100 billion per year, or on average, about $1.50 per square foot of commercial floor space.

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Green Technology and Existing Buildings

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 09:58

In the early ‘80s, a few designers started paying attention to sustainable architecture. Twenty years later, green buildings are mainstream.

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Fire Safety

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 09:50

FIRE! Don’t shout it in a crowded theater. However, building occupants are more concerned than ever about fire safety.

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Cabling Considerations for Networks and Telecommunications

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 09:40

The condition and appropriateness of the cabling within a building is almost always an afterthought for owners and tenants alike, according to Tom Wales, a Telcom consultant.

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Fair Housing Amendments Act

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 09:16

All multifamily buildings placed in service after March 13, 1991 must comply with the provisions of the Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA) of 1988.

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Inspecting for Structural Defects

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 09:04

Recent events have highlighted the engineers' role in determining the structural safety of a building. Just what does an engineer look for to make such a determination? When and why does he do it?

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Is My Building Safe?

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 08:51

If two of the tallest buildings in the world can collapse catastrophically in about one hour, can any building be considered safe?

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Mold in Buildings

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 08:43

The problem of mold in buildings is one that no building owner or manager can afford to ignore.

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The New ASTM Standard for Property Condition Assessments

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 08:36

The ASTM Standard E 2018-99 “Standard Guide for Property Condition Assessments: Baseline Property Condition Assessment Process” has been out for over a year.

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Hardboard Siding Woes

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 08:22

The problems associated with hardboard siding have received a lot of press coverage in the past few years.

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Seven Ways to Guarantee a Perfect(ly Bad) New Roof

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 08:08

There is an estimated 13.2 billion square feet of commercial roofing in the United States. Most roofs have an average expected life of between 10 and 15 years.

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Cooling Towers

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 07:58

Cooling towers are installed next to, behind, or on top of large buildings to remove heat from water used in a chilled water mechanical refrigeration (air conditioning) system.

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