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Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)

The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the departments and agencies of the United States Government. The CFR is divided into 50 titles that represent broad areas subject to Federal regulation. The vast majority of the regulations apply to industries outside of the commercial real estate sector. Three specifi...

HVAC Energy Management System (EMS) – “Optimum Start”

The HVAC system optimum start-stop concept has been in place for many years in the building automation and energy management system (EMS) industry. This technical bulletin offers practical insight, into central HVAC system EMS optimum start applications, and non-central HVAC equipment automated start options and alternatives. Download the rest of the article in PDF format -

Unit Measures, Standards & Conversions

Did you know a “ton” of air-conditioning is the equivalent energy required to melt a ton of ice in a 24 hour period? BTU’s, cooling tons, electricity kilowatts, horsepower, meters, liters, acres. So many terms… do they have any practical relevance to the commercial real estate owner-operator? Do we really need to understand the terminology associated with these units and measures? The CRE ...

Fire Systems Best Practices

If one were to ask a building owner, manager or tenant, "Which building systems would you consider the most important?", they would most certainly respond with, "The building’s life safety systems". The on-site property management and operation team’s direct and proactive commitment is paramount in order to ensure the effective design, upgrades, maintenance, testing and operation of the buildi...

Flexible Work Space Market Update

The U.S. market for flexible office space continues to expand as companies look to pay for office accommodations, where and when needed, in parallel with the size and location of their employee work force. The flexible work space industry affords businesses viable options to reduce rent expenses and offers cost effective solutions for geographically dispersed office requirements. Download the r...

Energy Markets Update

Energy prices continued to trend downward in the third quarter of 2015. Price decreases in all energy sources occurred, including those most impactful to the commercial real estate industry. Energy pricing is being influenced by the moderation of growth in the global economy, in particular China. The recent sell off in the U.S. equities market also impacted the energy commodities market. Downlo...

Hurricane Season Update

The 2015 hurricane season just entered its 2nd, and most active, half September 1, 2015. By definition, the Atlantic hurricane season starts on June 1st and ends November 30th. The 2015 Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) value, for the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season, was projected at 30% - 35% below average prior to the hurricane season. The ACE index recently re-projected, its 2015 Atlantic hurrica...

American Flag Protocol

The real estate professional’s knowledge and proper application of American flag protocol and procedures, will provide property owners, tenants and visitors with an overall sense of pride and patriotism. The American flag is often prominently displayed, at many corporate and multi-tenanted investment properties, with specific requirements at government-owned and leased facilities. Download th...

LED Lighting – Technology & Commercial Real Estate Sector Update

With sustained advancements in light-emitting diode (LED) lamp technology, the commercial real estate LED lighting market continues to grow at a significant pace.  Specific advancements in the type of lighting options (applications), quality and reliability of product, electrical efficiency (lumen per watt ‘efficacy’), increase in lamp lifespan rating (total hours of operation) and continued ...

Insurance Benefits of the Owner | Contractor Service Agreement

The contractor service agreement provides a key role in formally establishing several property owner’s and manager’s obligations including compliance with general industry standards, building rules and regulations, contractor employees’ standards of performance, technical service scope of work, and the building owner’s and manager’s specific insurance requirements. Download the rest o...

Degree Days

Degree Days are a function of outside air temperature, compared to a ‘base temperature’, over a period of time. In commercial real estate applications, the base temperature selected should represent an outside air temperature that would result in no (or minimal) heating or cooling required within the subject building. Heating degree days ‘accumulate’ when outside air temperatures are belo...

Amortization & Depreciation

Amortization refers to the distribution of payments over a period of time as determined by an amortization schedule. The amortization payments, associated with a loan, would typically consist of installments of both principal and interest divided into equal amounts for the duration of the loan. In most loans, a greater portion of the payment is applied towards the interest at the beginning of the ...