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Basic Phone?

  • September 21, 2018

I am considering ditching my iPhone and going to a basic call only phone to improve my productivity.  I heard an interesting take on this today.  “Having no mobile phone is a status symbol. People with phones work for people who do not need to carry phones”  Anyone out there…

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Peak LEED?

  • September 21, 2018

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 162). How many projects convert from "LEED registered” to "LEED certified”? I have been doing some research on this for a client and the results have shocked me. The conversion from "LEED registered” to "LEED certified” varies by country but overall it…

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Bjarne W Olesen, ASHRAE President 2017–2018

  • September 7, 2018

Did you know the 2017-2018 ASHRAE president; Is not American, doesn’t even live in America; Wears a bow tie; Cycles to work. Is any of this even allowed!!! Is this unAmerican? Has the world gone crazy? I did not know these things until we interviewed Bjarne W Olesen, ASHRAE President 2017–2018 for…

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Summer Hiatus

  • July 20, 2018

It is that time of year. Summer vacations plus my current long distance assignments means the Building Whisperer blog will be on hiatus until September.  The Edifice Complex podcast will continue on its normal monthly schedule with the next episode dropping August 15th.  Thank you for reading my rambling thoughts…

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“Should”

  • July 5, 2018

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 158). Is there a more useless, passive aggressive word than should?  I worked on a project that specifies a standard using “Should, Shall and May” language plus the MEP specification liberally uses the word “Should” with regards to building commissioning.  Add a…

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Building Whisperer Reading List

  • June 22, 2018

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 156).  Remember books? They are a bit like Google but made of paper.  I have been lucky to have a confucian respect for reading and knowledge acquisition pounded into me by my parents. Books have literally changed my life and worldview. I…

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