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Commissioning Your Building

Published on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 04:53:27    Written by Marc
Commissioning Your Building
In order to optimize your operational costs and to limit the carbon footprint, many companies are introducing new HVAC technologies and equipment into the market. They are making them so sophisticated and complex that the building owners and operators might easily get lost when trying to select a system for its efficiency or simply try to understand how some of the systems operate.

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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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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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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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