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Sustainability

How to Read Your Building's Energy Audit

Commercial energy audits are essential to keeping your building operating at peak performance. Not only are they a powerful approach to finding ways to save energy, reduce costs, uncover inefficiencies in equipment and lead to higher performance, they are also one of the ways commercial building owners are taking steps to combat climate change by cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions. 
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Janitorial

Continuous Improvement with Cleaning Operations Expert Bill Sivori

At Able Services, we are dedicated to the ongoing improvement of our products, services and processes via breakthrough and incremental improvements in janitorial and engineering services. We cannot implement these improvements without great leadership. 
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Preventative Maintenance

Preventive Maintenance: Preparing Your Building for Winter Starts in the Summer

Although it's tough to think of cold weather while basking in the summer sun, winter is coming. For sections of the country that experience particularly intense winters, especially in Chicago and New York, seasonally planned maintenance is required to combat dangerous road conditions, frozen pipes and falling icicles. In a commercial building, being unprepared for the winter can cause major issues. Equipment can be damaged, resulting in expensive repairs or replacement, and this can impact air quality and climate control, making occupants uncomfortable.
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HVAC Maintenance

The Effects of Wildfires on Commercial IAQ and HVAC Systems

During a wildfire, commercial buildings face significant drawbacks from poor indoor air quality (IAQ) caused by smoke, which can cause damage to property and equipment, and health issues for occupants. During these events, a building’s best asset is its HVAC system. Not only does it keep the inside air cool, but it also provides clean air through the reuse of indoor air. Keeping your HVAC system functioning optimally requires preparation before and maintenance following the wildfire.
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Janitorial

4 Ways to Reduce Janitorial Service Costs

Reducing janitorial services costs requires more than simply skimming a spreadsheet and looking to replace a cleaning product with a lower-priced item. Instead, it takes a careful analysis of current janitorial operations, to discover missed opportunities and potential efficiencies. In this blog post, we provide four ways to reduce janitorial services costs for your commercial building through supplementing automated cleaning, committing to established budgets, implementing workload management software and partnering with a facility management partner.  
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Engineering

Facilities Management 101: How to Give Your Tech Campus a Hospitality Focus

A tech campus functions at its best when there are zero interruptions to daily operations. Besides ensuring that the equipment works optimally, employee workflow is expected to be seamless. 
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Engineering

3 Tips for Avoiding HVAC Failure During Summertime

When summer arrives, staying comfortable takes more than simply setting the office thermostat to “cool.” In fact, maintaining temperatures in commercial buildings requires months of preparation and ongoing maintenance, which demand a lot from HVAC systems and maintenance staff. High heat can age some of the most important components of the system, such as the coils, pumps and chiller condensers, and degradation can occur rapidly, sometimes in as little as a three month span.  For building owners and property management, maintaining ideal indoor environments for lease paying tenants is a critical area of focus. When leasing an office space, tenants prioritize a problem-free environment provided by, among other factors, optimal HVAC conditions.
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Engineering

Commercial Building Water Sustainability: Benefits of Gray Water

Sustainability practices in commercial buildings are becoming increasingly important as officials implement new sustainability legislation. The Climate Mobilization Act is in full force in New York, the California Water Plan addresses water conservation with proactive responses, and green initiatives are popping up all over the U.S.  With water shortages expected in 40 states by 2024, it is critical that more sustainable practices related to water usage becomes a standardized practice across the commercial real estate industry. Research in the Journal of Environmental Engineering recommends commercial buildings adopt more diversified and reusable water portfolios because they tend to use a significant amount of domestic, or potable, water for irrigation systems. Not only is this unsustainable, but the expenses accrued are no longer necessary with the ability to reuse gray water. technology.
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Facilities Services

5 Questions to Ask on Your Facility Management RFP

Selecting a facility management provider is so much more than buying any other product or service. It is identifying a partner that will become a crucial part of your operations.
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Sustainability

3 Steps to Make Fitwel Certification a Reality

People spend at least 90 percent of their time inside, so it is understandable that organizations that want to keep employees healthy, productive and happy are willing to go the extra mile to make the most of their workspaces.
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