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Battling ANTs of COVID-19, Four Tips for Powering Through Tough Times

Tue, Apr 14, 2020 @ 05:28 / by Jim Newman posted in Sustainability, indoor air quality, Energy Management Strategies, resilience, resiliency

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Spring is supposed to be a time of growth, renewal and hope. Many cultures and religions celebrate sacred holidays, most of which take place communally, with family and friends.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic this year many of us are observing these special occasions alone or with family and friends but only virtually.

While we are celebrating with social distancing, we can pause to give thanks for what we have, and offer immense gratitude to the doctors, nurses, first responders, grocery store workers, maintenance and sanitation workers and all those other front-line workers who are giving so much of themselves to help others.

Two weeks ago I shared on our social media pages (Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn), an article by one of my favorite local speakers and writers, Josh Linkner. He wrote about ANTs. Not the kind that are the bane of any facility manager or building owner, but Automatic Negative Thoughts as described by psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Amen.

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Best Practices for Achieving High-Performance HVAC Systems

Thu, Mar 14, 2019 @ 02:26 / by Jim Newman posted in HVAC, indoor air quality, High Performance Buildings, Energy Management Strategies, energy conservation

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Jim Newman recently contributed an article highlighting keys to designing and maintaining a higher performing HVAC system for maximum profitability.

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BOMA 2018 in San Antonio was Hot!

Tue, Jul 24, 2018 @ 02:50 / by Jim Newman posted in Energy Savings, Energy Audit, High Performance Buildings, Energy Management Strategies, energy conservation, Internet of Things

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Connectivity. The Internet of Things (IoT). Controlling Costs.

Maybe these are not such new ideas in building operations and maintenance, but every year they improve and it was all on display in San Antonio at BOMA 2018It was a hot time in Texas! Touring the exhibit floor, I made a point to learn what’s new in these areas.

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Advances in BEMIS Make Being Energy Efficient Easier and Smarter

Tue, Apr 17, 2018 @ 12:42 / by Jim Newman posted in HVAC, energy efficiency, Energy Use Index, energy management system, Building Energy Management Systems, indoor air qulity, Energy Management Strategies, BEMIS, Cloud Based BAS, energy conservation

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Energy Efficient. Cost Effective. That’s the goal of the building engineer or facility manager. Today’s building energy management information systems (BEMIS), combined with IoT (Internet of Things), makes being both energy efficient and cost effective not only possible, but so much easier – and smarter.

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New Technology, Cloud-Based BAS Lead To Energy Efficiency

Tue, Dec 05, 2017 @ 03:02 / by Jim Newman posted in Commercial Building, energy management system, building automation, Building Energy Management Systems, Building Energy, Energy Management Strategies, BEMIS, Cloud Based BAS

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Jim Newman recently contributed an article on how new technologies, and new ways of financing them, are impacting energy efficiency in new and existing buildings. NREL slide 75 crop.jpg

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