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Sustainability in Seattle: Two Awards at One Site

Recently on a Zoom call with engineering staff from an Able site in Seattle we discussed award-winning energy saving measures and how to make it as a building engineer. Here is a Q+A with Aubrey, Troy and Corben.
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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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Blue Star Award Winning Chief Engineer - Troy Woodcox

Troy Woodcox is the Chief Engineer of a 290k sq. ft. commercial facility in San Francisco and recently was awarded the Blue Star Award from his building for their sustainability efforts. We caught up with Troy to learn more about his award-winning work.
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Energy Procurement Myth #3: A Fixed Energy Supply Contract Is The Least Risky

This article was originally published in July 2015 and has been updated. Many real estate owners are under the false impression that fixing their entire contract at one price is the least risky strategy. While this tactic does provide an element of budget certainty, it’s in fact one of the riskiest strategies available. You’re essentially betting that the day you locked your price was a market low-point.
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Multifamily Retrofit

This article was originally published in December 2016 and has been updated. October 12, 2016 was not an average Wednesday at the Park La Brea (PLB) Apartments in Southern California.  The USA’s largest multifamily development West of the Mississippi with 4,248 units had just completed one of the largest boiler and energy retrofit projects in the City’s history.
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Hotel Operations Post COVID-19

Hotel operations have adjusted to the post COVID-19 world. Throughout March, hoteliers across United States made rigorous adjustments to their operations because of COVID-19.  According to STR, over the next seven weeks, approximately 15% of the nation’s hotel inventory closed. And those that remained opened operated at historically low occupancies.  As occupancy is gradually improving and as many cities and states begin to lift stay-at-home orders, hotel owners and operators are planning for the anticipated rebound in room demand. Making adjustments before guests arrive, adjusting housekeeping protocols, and updating the guest experience are ways hotel operations are changing to accommodate for COVID-19 requirements.
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Enhanced cleaning by Able Services

Enhanced cleaning by Able Services helps you mitigate risk and continue smooth and effortless operations at your site.  We strive to always deliver a clean, healthy, and sustainable facility. But what does that mean when you are battling an invisible enemy? As we’ve said before, maintaining a visually clean facility is not enough in the face of a global pandemic. Able approaches each situation individually — listening carefully to your needs and matching the level of cleaning and disinfection to your goals and specifications.
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Working Safe in Tenant Spaces

2020 has proven to be an exceptionally challenging year. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to reevaluate the new normal — how do we go about our daily lives while navigating uncharted territory? As the industry-leading provider of facility Engineering and Integrated Facility Management solutions, Able Services’ COVID-era objective is strong and innovative. We're working safe in tenant spaces to keep our staff and building occupants safe while simultaneously delivering a trusted environment for human productivity and living.
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Janitorial Sevices 101: Enhanced High Touch Point Cleaning

This article was originally published in August 2020 and has been updated. Cleaning high touch points including elevator buttons, doorknobs, toilet handles, faucets, phones, light switches, keyboards, and other surfaces that are routinely contacted by building occupants at a higher frequency.
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Energy Compliance: Is your building compliant with local energy regulations?

As energy becomes more expensive and citizens ponder climate change, many jurisdictions are passing laws requiring energy benchmarking and reporting. Many of these laws differ from city to city, leaving building owners and property managers with uncertainty. Do we need an ASHRAE Level II Audit? How do we become ENERGY STAR certified? Are we compliant with local government regulations? How do I ensure compliance across my portfolio?
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