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Determining Your Real Estate Requirements

Published on Thursday, 12 June 2014 09:08:12    Written by Marc
Determining Your Real Estate Requirements
If your company uses real estate for its operations, then you are not in the business of real estate per say. The sites that you lease only serve to host your operations, which is the heart of your company. If your work involves managing real estate leases for your company, chances are you are constantly under pressure to try to find ways to reduce your real estate costs; after all, each time you lease a new space it comes at a cost. When you are the building owner, you constantly seek to increase the size of the real estate you control because real estate brings you revenue; however, when you are on the user side, you are always trying to minimize the space you lease.

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The Costs and Benefits of Being Green

Published on Monday, 9 June 2014 09:59:10    Written by Marc
The Costs and Benefits of Being Green
Sometimes being green pays quick returns. Other times, you need a little patience. As environment issues take more of the spotlight, large companies, especially public ones, seem to be constantly striving to make themselves look green. This is especially true if the nature of their business is generally seen as the opposite of green. Take the coal industry, for example, or paper manufacturing. These are not the types of industries that we usually call green, yet if you look at the messages they show people, they look so green. You might think they are actually improving the environment.

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What is a Good Payback and What to Include in a Project

Published on Tuesday, 3 June 2014 16:43:56    Written by Marc
What is a Good Payback and What to Include in a Project
Ah paybacks… paybacks… It seems that for some companies this is the Holy Grail. Do you have a project with a great payback? Come on down, you are the next contestant on the Price is Right (for those that remember this game show). More seriously, the guys in finance often bless or kill a project on the sole base of the payback. I think it is some kind of a shame. Of course, companies need to make money and in selecting a project from a list of 10, the natural logic is often to take the one with the best payback.

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Low Hanging Fruits Are Always in Season

Published on Sunday, 1 June 2014 02:05:50    Written by Marc
Low Hanging Fruits Are Always in Season
When companies initiate cost-saving projects or programs, we often hear them talk about going for the low hanging fruit first before going up the tree to get the harder to reach fruit. This is especially true when it comes to bringing in consultants, which are tasked with helping you find savings. A low hanging fruit is a project or change that is quick and easy to implement.

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Reducing Consumption is Where Energy-Savings Start

Published on Friday, 9 May 2014 03:00:03    Written by Marc
Reducing Consumption is Where Energy-Savings Start
The title of this blog might seem trivial; however, in the past few days, I must have received a dozen emails from people sending me stories on global warming and how the environment is changing. True, the environment is changing, and not always for the better. What I realize; though, is how little energy saving is really talked about.

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