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Water Intrusion | December 21, 2016

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 11:33

“Water, water everywhere” is not what you want to be thinking as you’re staring through the windows of the restaurant, drug store and appliance shop that are tenants in the building you own. 

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Cost Segregation Studies

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 07:53

Depreciation enters significantly into the financial performance of commercial buildings. Typically, property, exclusive of land, is depreciated over 39 years.

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Don’t forget the roof!

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 14:41
Building owners and managers: add roof to your snow removal checklist.

Several areas of the US are currently experiencing heavy and frequent snowfalls.

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Multifamily Radon Testing and Mitigation Requirements

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 14:54
What does it mean to building owners, investors, and property managers?

US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

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Engineering Advisor Bulletin

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 13:14

National Engineers Week, founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers in 1951, is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understan

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Snow on the Roof

Fri, 12/13/2013 - 12:44
The Basics

What this means for building owners is that snow is a concern in most areas, yet unpredictable from year to year.

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Recovering from Hurricane Sandy; It's More than Just Cleaning Up

Thu, 11/15/2012 - 13:44

In the wake of the damage and flooding of Hurricane Sandy, Criterium Engineers encourages residents, homeowners, condo/apartment owners, and commercial property owners to have a th

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Building Envelope Commissioning

Mon, 10/24/2011 - 10:52

Building Commissioning is defined as “a quality-oriented process for achieving, verifying, and documenting that the performance of facilities, systems, and assemblies meets defined objectives a

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Energy Performance Ratings

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 15:04

Buildings consume 40% of our total energy requirement (heating, cooling, lighting). 

The idea of rating building energy performance has been around for many years.

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Snow on the Roof

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 13:03

The winter of 2009/2010 was remarkable in some ways and quite average in others. Remarkable in that measurable snow fell in 49 states.

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Energy Audits

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 12:36

Energy audits are popular again. They were first offered in the ’70s and ’80s, but owners and consumers lost interest as fuel prices stayed low relative to income.

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Chinese Drywall

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 12:29

So-called Chinese drywall refers to a product imported from China to be used in the construction of walls and ceilings of homes and other buildings.

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Elevators

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 12:21

Elevators make modern buildings possible.

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Paying For Green

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 12:14

One cannot help but notice – every magazine and every professional publication these days has at least one article on green building technology.

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Curtain Walls

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 12:06

Curtain walls are common today in commercial construction, adding simplicity and design options for buildings of all types.

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How Long Will It Last?

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 11:57

Determining how long a building component will last before it requires repair or replacement is one of the primary tasks in performing a Property Condition Assessment (PCA).

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How Big Is It?

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 11:41

When performing a Property Condition Assessment (PCA), we are often asked to confirm building dimensions.

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Fiber Cement Siding

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:55

Fiber cement building materials are being used more and more in new construction, primarily for siding. In fact, it is used by most large builders in about 20 percent of the new home market.

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Facility Management and the Bottom Line

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:48

Corporate real estate owners and real estate investors have traditionally viewed Facility Management (FM) as an expense.

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Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER)

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:41

As of January 23, 2006, manufacturers of heating and air conditioning equipment can no longer manufacture single-phase central air conditioners and heat pumps with output of 65,000 BTUH (British th

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