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What You Need to Know About Post-Tension Concrete Tennis Courts

When we conduct facility condition assessments at schools, we frequently find heavily worn and cracked tennis courts. If you have asphalt courts at your school, you likely know that a fact of life is significant court repair or replacement every decade or so.     But it doesn’t have to be this way. There is […]

Owner Perspective: Historic P.R. Mallory Factory Redevelopment

After decades of unsuccessful attempts by for-profit developers, Englewood Community Development Corporation and John Boner Neighborhood Centers managed to revive the historic but neglected P.R. Mallory factory as a community asset. Once the bustling intellectual headquarters of P.R. Mallory & Company, the inventors of the Duracell battery and many other technological innovations, the industrial site […]

Improving Hygiene for Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp. During COVID-19

New, permanent hand-washing stations provide improved pathogen control in elementary and middle schools When school districts began brainstorming solutions and new policies for safely bringing students back to the classroom amid COVID-19, Penn-Harris-Madison (P-H-M) School Corporation wasted no time. Early on, they explored the need for solutions to enhance hygiene practices among students, especially younger […]

The ROI of Energy Efficiency

It’s not just a few dollars here and there—making energy-efficient upgrades to your building can result in significant operational savings. Greater efficiency means less energy used and lower operational costs long term. Whether you own or operate a commercial property, healthcare facility, residential complex, or an educational facility, increased energy efficiency is good for your […]

How an Energy Audit Can Help You Retain Tenants

If you’re in commercial real estate, securing new tenants is only half your battle. Perhaps most important is retaining them. A variety of factors contribute to a tenant’s likelihood to renew their lease. Energy efficiency can help. In fact, according to the Institute for Market Transformation, high-performance buildings have higher occupancy rates (and higher asset […]

How a Wind Study Informs Building Design

A wind study is an engineering tool we can use to help clients make informed design decisions. It’s not a primary component of most projects and is not done for every building design, but when it is needed, the results can make a significant impact on the daily experience users have with a building or […]

3 Types of Tenant Complaints You Can Prevent with an Energy Audit

Both tenants and building managers benefit from efficient systems If you manage a residential or commercial building, maintenance requests and tenant complaints can be a huge headache. By understanding your building’s current energy usage and identifying areas of improvement, you can help eliminate some of the common complaints and requests, saving you time and improving tenant […]

How Does Energy Efficiency Impact Your Brand?

Building owners can see a ripple effect from good energy practices Making your buildings more energy efficient is a win-win. Not only does it conserve resources and save money on operational costs, but earning that LEED certification or Energy Star rating can actually be good for business. Your brand is more than your logo or […]

How to Convince Your Boss You Need an Energy Audit

You may be convinced that you need an energy audit in the building(s) you manage. But if you need approval from your owner, CFO, or someone else to sign on the dotted line, you may have to make your case. Share with your boss these five reasons you need an energy audit: 1. Energy Audits Save […]

Building Optimization: Saving Energy and Money

Today’s HVAC systems have the technology to do amazing things. They make a building comfortable, safe, and energy efficient. To get the most out of your systems, they must be tuned to stay in sync with the activities of the occupants and monitored to ensure proper operation. This ongoing adjusting of HVAC and other systems […]