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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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Resilience in the Spotlight

Thu, Jul 25, 2019 @ 03:29 / by Jim Newman posted in energy efficiency, Sustainable Design, resiliency

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With the increasing number of catastrophic weather events over the past few years, the concept of Resilience should be top-of-mind for anyone involved in the building industry.

First it was rebuilding. Now it’s resilience. We need to be thinking about, and acting upon, what we can do now to prevent having to start over from scratch after the next 100-year flood that happens only a few years after the last one.

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Lessons from the ASHRAE Conference: The 4th Step to Achieving True Sustainability in Buildings

Thu, Feb 01, 2018 @ 01:32 / by Jim Newman posted in solar, Energy Independence, Green Design, renewable energy, clean energy, High Performance Buildings, Sustainable Design, resilience, resiliency

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If steps 1, 2 and 3 are Energy Efficiency; Green Building; and High Performance, what’s next? Resiliency!

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