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No Matter Your Title, Everyone is in Sales

Thu, Mar 14, 2019 @ 02:26 / by Jim Newman posted in Green Building, continuing education

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For engineers like me and the facility managers with whom we regularly interact, we don’t often think of ourselves as salespeople. But in reality, we are always selling.

We may not be selling a product or service for exchange of money profit, yet we are always “selling” something in the more nuanced sense of persuading or causing to be accepted.

What are we selling? Selling in this sense can be selling a product, selling an idea, or selling yourself.

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Why Go to Greenbuild Conventions?

Tue, Nov 07, 2017 @ 02:59 / by Jim Newman posted in GreenBuild, USGBC, Green Building, LEED, Sustainability, energy efficiency

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Jim Newman Previews Greenbuild 2017, Boston, MA, Nov 8-10

Greenbuild 2017.pngWhy do I go to USGBC Greenbuild Conventions?? Because during those conventions I learn more about the exciting things happening in the green building and sustainability industry than I can anywhere else.

If you have been to a Greenbuild Convention, you know there are great speakers, not only on the state of the “Green” industry and where it is going, but also how it is being used around the world. Go to Greenbuild so you can:

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National Association of Realtors® Says Clients Look for Sustainability

Tue, Jul 11, 2017 @ 02:29 / by Doug Elbinger, Energy Systems Analyst posted in solar, Green Building, renewable energy, Sustainability, energy efficiency

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In February, 2017, the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) surveyed its members pertaining to sustainability issues facing their industry. Highlights from this report that are relevant to Michigan contractors and builders are summarized as follows:

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What Does Sustainability Really Mean Today?

Tue, Jun 20, 2017 @ 05:34 / by Jim Newman posted in HVAC, Commercial Building, Green Building, LEED, LEED Cerified Buildings, Sustainability, Sustainable Design, environmental justice

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Use of the word sustainability, based on recorded mentions, skyrocketed starting in the early 1980s and has grown exponentially over the past 3 decades. In the past few weeks alone I have attended two exceptional programs on sustainability, and I see many more in the near and distant future as it becomes a hotter topic at the various green building and commercial real estate industry conferences to which I am invited.

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PACENation Rising – We are Just Scratching the Surface of the Potential of PACE

Mon, Apr 17, 2017 @ 11:45 / by Jim Newman posted in Commercial Building, solar, Retrofit, Green Building, PACE, energy efficiency, Energy Savings, Building Energy

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From their first meeting of less than 50 people just a couple of years ago to almost 500 this year, PACENation reflects the potential this groundbreaking policy has on the future of the built environment. PACENation is the national, non-profit advocacy organization for Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing.

In 2016, PACE passed the $3 billion mark in cumulative financing (commercial and residential). “What we’re really seeing is the birth of an industry. It isn’t just about burning less hydrocarbons, it’s also about saving money,” John Hickenlooper, the Governor of Colorado told the crowd.

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