February 2014

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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Watch the Small Details

Published on Sunday, 16 February 2014 07:09:19    Written by Marc
Watch the Small Details
We sometimes hear the expression that the devil is in the details. Well, in real estate it often does seem to be the case. I once posted a blog here that talked about one single word that cost the company where I was working for about eight million dollars. A simple word "not" inserted in a clause did that. I remember thinking how that was an expensive word and I was lucky not to have been the person to negotiate that lease, but the unlucky one to have to "deal with it" during my time. I did suppose that the person who negotiated that lease did not watch the small details.

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Spend More Time with Your Consultants

Published on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 06:05:03    Written by Marc
Spend More Time with Your Consultants
I often find myself chatting or discussing with consultants from various fields, real estate brokers, energy specialists, experts in just about any fields ranging from environment to structure. One question I ask repeatedly is about how business is going in general and what projects they are working on. These two casual questions generally bring back interesting answers not only about what they are doing, but also about the relationship that they have with their clients.

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Taking Energy for Granted

Published on Friday, 7 February 2014 07:36:14    Written by Marc
Taking Energy for Granted
Is it not funny how we now take our typical energy sources, say, electricity and gas for granted these days?  I mean, they have always been around.  We probably only realize this when we miss power.  I miss electricity at home once or twice a year, either when we have a snowstorm with lots of wind, or if we have a summer storm…with lots of wind.

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Keep Learning!

Published on Tuesday, 4 February 2014 08:07:29    Written by Marc
Keep Learning!
I like to learn.  I am always trying to read a book, an article or discuss with someone about a new or better way to do something.  I take real joy when I put down an article or a book and say to myself how much a learned by reading it.  There is a sense of 'rassasier' which in French means you are full or completely satisfied (like after a great big long meal).

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