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Tomorrow's Environment Logo This series from longtime columnist and chronic forward-thinker Howard McKew covers a lot of ground -- from retrocommissioning to systems training, on toward checklists for drawings and tips for meeting minutes. Click through for the full list and jump in.


12. A Sales Engineer's Cookbook

Duration 10 minutes
Transferring the right knowledge at the right time, to the right person, is critical for projects present and future. Listen and take a step toward creating your own recipe for success.

11. The Trouble With TAB

Duration 7 minutes
The air and water balancing standards and benefits are beneficial, so why does reality so often fall short? Let's look at how to tweak the process to make the most of TAB.

10. The Problem With Systems Training

Duration 5 minutes
Why does this training systematically fall through the cracks, and how can we tweak the process to fix it?

09. Qualifying RFPs

Duration 6 minutes
Be careful when preparing RFPs and know your closing ratio. Download this podcast now for plenty more about how to best handle RFPs.

08. Meeting minutes

Duration 6 minutes
A meeting without someone taking minutes is a meeting wasted. Tricks of the trade for making the most of the "time" part of the "time = money" equation.

07. The Cost of Enhanced Cx

Duration 6 minutes
Prerequisite commissioning and enhanced commissioning credit for LEED™ certification doesn't cost anything – it's part of the design review.

06. Work Orders

Duration 5 minutes
A continuation of the January 2008 Tomorrow's Engineer column focusing on preventive maintenance work orders, this podcast details how a picture is worth a thousand words, and much more.

05. Time Management

Duration 3 minutes
Don't even think about returning to the office without meeting minutes being recorded – doing so often results in key items being neglected, which in turn often results in big (read costly) problems.

04. Checklists

Duration 3 minutes
Who really needs checklists to ensure quality control for drawings? Wouldn't you rather just keep it all in your head? After all, what's the worst that could happen?

03. Closeout At The Start

Duration 5 minutes
Why ask for the O&M documentation at the beginning? And which details to require for effective preventive maintenance and a clean closeout? We've got answers.



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Tomorrow's Environment Podcast

This series from longtime columnist and chronic forward-thinker Howard McKew covers a lot of ground -- from retrocommissioning to systems training, on toward checklists for drawings and tips for meeting minutes. Click HERE to be taken to the podcast page!


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