Is Your Vehicle Fleet Ready for Winter?

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Avoid Costly Downtime Caused by Winter Weather For much of the country, winter is on the way. As the temperature drops, the batteries in your cars, trucks and other fleet vehicles have a much harder time performing, making them far more likely to fail. Once a vehicle goes down, it can end up costing you […]

Are You Prepared for the New DOE SEER2 Efficiency Standards?

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Big Changes to the HVAC Industry in 2023 Big changes are coming to the HVAC industry in 2023, as new Department of Energy SEER2 (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio 2) efficiency standards will go into place at this time. HVAC professionals are responsible for staying on top of industry changes as they occur, but with so […]

How Do the New DOE Lighting Standards Impact Your Organization?

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An Overview of the General Service Lamp Regulation The Department of Energy (DOE) recently adopted new regulations regarding the types of light bulbs that can be sold within the U.S. In accordance with these new rules, a number of older light bulb technologies will be phased out entirely in favor of more energy-efficient options. This […]

Modern Seating Solutions for the Future of Education

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Five Characteristics of a Future-Focused Lecture Hall, Auditorium or Classroom This blog was originally posted on the Sedia Systems blog. When you hear the word future, what comes to mind? For most, the future evokes a sense of optimism. We view it with hope. We see it as a frontier full of opportunities. We believe […]

Esports: Creating Spaces That Turn Gaming Fun into Learning

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It’s Much More Than Child’s Play This post originally appeared on the Smith System blog. The meteoric rise in high school esports shows it’s much more than child’s play. Esports has blossomed into a hot topic of conversation, spanning from K–12 to higher ed. How popular is Esports? As of early 2020, 17 states and […]

How Schools Can Negotiate Global Marketplace Challenges

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Two Steps to Addressing These Ongoing Issues In the wake of COVID-19, the global marketplace is currently facing a number of supply chain and logistic challenges. Pandemic-related labor disruptions in the manufacturing industry have created shortages of raw materials such as plastics, computer chips and nickel, while a surge in consumer demand has strained the […]

Rethinking Early Childhood & Elementary Classroom Learning Environments

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Flexibility: The New Movement in Classroom Design Reminiscing about the first days of kindergarten or elementary school brings that familiar song back, the one that includes the line, “…we’re all in our places with bright shining faces.” What a difference a few decades have made. As classroom teachers and instructional leaders have planned for the […]

How to Achieve Sustainability in Your Lab

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6 Ways to Create a Sustainable Lab and Save Money In this day and age, it is becoming more and more important to be sustainable and help ensure this planet is here for future generations to come. The act of becoming sustainable helps the environment but can also save money. Many practices to help go […]

How To Select the Right Technology for an Esports Facility at Your Institution

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Investing in the Technology to Shape Your Future Esports Program The popularity of esports, multiplayer video games played competitively for spectators, is now at an all-time high. There are estimates that two-thirds of the U.S. population over age 13 are gamers. Many K-12 and higher education institutions throughout the U.S. are now investing in the […]

Preparing Your Roof Before the Storm Hits

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Check Off These 7 Steps Before the Next Storm Hits When dangerous weather is approaching, it’s important to have a plan in place that helps ensure the roofs on your campus are storm-ready. Below is a list of the seven most common problems to look for when preparing your roof for a storm. 1. Secure […]