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The Commercial Lease That Kept Me Up at Night

Published on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 01:42:10    Written by Marc
The Commercial Lease That Kept Me Up at Night
In the early nineties, I owned and operated a popular video game retail store in the Montreal area. We called the store OZ and just like Dorothy down under, it was a magical place and time.

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Potential for Energy Saving in Buildings

Published on Tuesday, 4 March 2014 18:15:40    Written by Marc
Potential for Energy Saving in Buildings
When talking to building owners or managers about energy saving projects, I often get a comment from people that they think there is no more potential for saving energy in their building. Their argument range from, "We have recently done a project," to, "My building is relatively new." Moreover, let us not forget the standard, "My guys operating the building have done everything already." My reply is practically always the same, "The chances are that you will never be done in finding and implementing energy saving opportunities."

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Life is Easier with Good Tools

Published on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 07:22:59    Written by Marc
Life is Easier with Good Tools
I like tools. Walking to a Home Depot, a Reno Depot or any other hardware store for me is like children in toy shops. I guess many men are like that (some women also by the way). Nevertheless, I really like tools. I guess I got this from my father since he has being purchasing just about every type of tool out there for the last 50 some years, and he is still at it. When the closest hardware store closed for renovation, my mother told me they saved a ton of money but during that time, my father was going crazy. Go figure…

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Appropriate Level of Building Maintenance

Published on Saturday, 22 February 2014 06:26:27    Written by Marc
Appropriate Level of Building Maintenance
I traveled a lot in the past years and had a chance to see a wide range of commercial, industrial, and office buildings. One of the first things that I noticed when I tour a site is the maintenance; or, more specifically the quality of the maintenance that is being performed on the site.

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Energy Saving and Internal Politics

Published on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 06:15:48    Written by Marc
Energy Saving and Internal Politics
I often read some comments in forums here and there about companies doing energy saving projects (energy retrofits); however, most of the comments sadly limit themselves to the technical or the financial part of the project. As we know, in most companies, while important, both the technical and the financial parts are only a portion of the challenges that come when trying to get energy saving projects approved.

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