Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Concierge/Front Desk Ambassador

Our concierge services go far beyond those offered by more traditional concierge companies. Our reputation for going that extra mile, combined with our years of experience mean our clients can relax, knowing even the tiniest details are being taken care of.
We have worked hard to ensure that we have the very best concierge services. Every one of our highly trained employees receives comprehensive training in aiding and meeting all the needs of your staff and your residents alike.
Training involves all aspects of front desk duties, such as: properly greeting tenant and guests in a cheerful welcoming manner, assisting with all reasonable requests, becoming an integral part of the property, answering questions, serving as a general presence and visible deterrent to infractions; detecting suspicious activities reporting all incidents, accidents or medical emergencies to the building property manager.
In addition, our concierge team wear distinctive uniforms bearing our logo and name, varying from venue to venue but always looking highly presentable, clean and visible for people who may be looking for them. The next time you find yourself in need of the finest concierge services, contact Guardian. We are one of the top concierge companies for a reason.

Monday, May 22, 2017

City Council OKs law forcing landlords to reveal if their buildings have bedbugs

When bedbugs bite, tenants will know about it under a bill passed by the City Council Tuesday. The legislation, which passed by a vote of 44-5, will require landlords to disclose bedbug infestations in their buildings, through postings in the building or notices given to tenants with their leases.

They’ll also have to report discovering the bugs to the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, which will publish the information on its website.
“I have heard from many constituents about the enormous disruption caused by these little unwelcome visitors. The best weapon we have against bedbugs is knowledge,” said Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Queens), the sponsor. Landlords are already required to inform prospective tenants of the building’s history of bedbugs, but don’t have to say anything to current residents.
“I want to assure landlords that there is no need to bug out,” Dromm said. “Bedbugs after all do not distinguish between new and lifelong residents — they’re just out looking for some blood.” But a landlord group slammed the measure.
“This bill will needlessly alarm tenants that would otherwise not have to be concerned or be worried about an infestation in their building. This bill is just more regulation overkill,” said Rent Stabilization Association president Joe Strasburg.
About Guardian Residential Pest Control
Guardian Exterminating Services are dedicated in providing a fast, reliable and professional service to all our customers. Let us take care of your home with our proactive consultancy approach to domestic and residential pest control. All our employees are specially trained to handle the latest scientific techniques; we are dedicated in the control and elimination of all pests and vermin within the home environment.
Interior and perimeter treatments are provided with flexible scheduling arranged to ensure your satisfaction. Why not ask about our four-season service that provides assurance of a pest-free healthy home, year-round?
We understand the need for an emergency response at times so we will always endeavor to provide this service for you. Additionally, feel free to phone one of our ESA Qualified Technicians if you have any questions regarding pest control and prevention 7 days a week / 365 day of the year. All our employees are enthusiastic, committed and polite.
All we require from you is the details of the infestation and we will dispatch a technician qualified in that specific field as soon as possible. All our customers will receive assessments detailing what, if any, poisons have been laid and that we have adhered to the strictest health and safety regulations.
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/new-law-forces-nyc-landlords-reveal-buildings-bedbugs-article-1.3100837 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Unique community solar project completed in N.Y.

The first community solar project with New York state’s electric and natural gas company National Grid has been completed, providing both a sustainable and financial lift to businesses and residents participating in the initiative.

The project is located in northern New York in the Hamlet of Somerville on approximately three acres of underused pasture land, according to a release. The solar photovoltaic modules, installed by United Renewable Energy, have a peak output of 241 kilowatts DC, yielding a peak of 165 kilowatts AC returned to the power grid.
The project is unique in that it is entirely supported by members within the nearby communities, including homeowners, farms and local businesses. The members of the solar farm receive a percentage of the solar plant's generation each month, which is credited to their bill as if the panels were installed on their own roofs. By centralizing the solar panels at one site, the plant was constructed at a much lower cost than otherwise possible, allowing members to save more money on their combined electricity and distribution costs.
National Grid provided support to the development and interconnection of the site, United Renewable officials said.
“National Grid looks forward to supporting effective solutions for a cleaner, greener energy future that are essential to achieving the company's clean energy goals as well as New York's target of 50 percent renewables by 2030," said Melanie Littlejohn, National Grid's New York vice president. 
The plant achieved full production in December and is already more than 50 percent subscribed with just local word-of-mouth advertising. New members from the local community are welcome, but space is limited.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Guardian Trains To Prevent Senseless Inquires

Ladder Injury Statistics

A Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) report on ladder safety showed some startling statistics concerning the frequency and severity of ladder-related accidents in the United States. Every year thousands of people are injured and hundreds are killed. By understanding the causes of ladder accidents the vast majority could be prevented.
  • More than 90,000 people receive emergency room treatment from ladder-related injuries every year
  • Elevated falls account for almost 700 occupational deaths annually
  • These deaths account for 15% of all occupational deaths
  • OSHA believes 100% of all ladder accidents could be prevented if proper attention to equipment and climber training were provided
  • Over the last 10 years the amount of ladder-related injuries has increased 50%
  • According the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 50% of all ladder-related accidents were due to individuals carrying items as they climbed
  • The most common type of ladder-related injury, with 32%, is fractures

4 Main Types of Ladder Accidents

Ladder accidents are extremely common even though they are entirely preventable. Ladder accidents can come from a wide variety of issues but the following four causes account for the vast majority. If these simple loss prevention tips for each cause are followed, ladder accidents could almost be eliminated.

1. Selecting the Wrong Type of Ladder

Like most other jobs, choosing the right tool can make all the difference when it comes to safety and this is the same for ladders. One thing to consider when selecting an appropriate ladder is the ladder’s weight capacity. Each ladder is designed to support a maximum weight limit and if the climber exceeds that limit the ladder could break and cause the user to fall or become injured.
Another consideration when selecting the appropriate ladder for a job is the necessary height of the ladder. Many injuries occur due to ladders being too short for a specific task, and instead of selecting a new ladder for the job, workers will place the ladder on something to extend its reach or will stand on the top rung to gain the necessary height. Both scenarios are extremely dangerous and can result in serious injuries.

2. Using Worn or Damaged Ladders

Another common contributing factor to ladder accidents is the use of old, worn, or damaged ladders. Like everything else, ladders have a shelf life; after a couple of years the stress of being climbed up and down on causes ladders to break down. Damaged ladders are extremely dangerous as they can easily break while being used and cause serious injuries.
To protect yourself from damaged or broken ladders, make sure to thoroughly inspect each ladder before using it. If any damage is found, do not use the ladder until it has been safely repaired to the manufacturer’s specifications or it has been replaced.

3. Incorrect Use of Ladders

Human error is by far the leading cause of ladder accidents. Never use a ladder in any other way than what the manufacturer intended it to be used for. Also, do not lengthen or alter a ladder in any way.
While using a ladder always maintain 3 points of contact with the ladder to ensure stability. Also, never attempt to reach for something while on the ladder. It is much safer to get off the ladder, move it, and then climb back up.

4. Incorrect Placement of Ladders

Make sure that when positioning a ladder, the ground you place it on is level and firm. Ladders should never be placed in front of a door that is not locked, blocked, or guarded.
A good practice to ensure a ladder is secure is to always have a helper support the base while a ladder is being used. If the ladder can not be held by someone else, make sure it has an appropriate foot to prevent it from slipping. The feet of the ladder can be staked if you are using a ladder outside and no one is available to support the feet of the ladder.
http://www.guardian-service.com/about-guardian/health-safety/ 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Stamford Hospital aims to go ‘green’ with new building

Published 12:00 am, Sunday, April 23, 2017

STAMFORD — Stamford Hospital’s new building is designed to take only as many breaths as it needs. As they prepared to observe Earth Day this past week, hospital officials said environmental awareness in their institution’s flagship 650,000-square-foot structure that opened last September is no gimmick. Hospital officials point to sustainability features as key to keeping costs down and creating a healthier and more welcoming experience for patients.

“It’s a smart business decision to save energy,” said Stanley Hunter, the project director for the hospital’s master plan program.
Energy efficient
Designing the hospital’s $450 million headquarters offered the opportunity to design a campus that would improve from top to bottom on the environmental efficiency of the old building. Hospital officials expected to run a new building that would use 12 percent less in utilities than comparably sized hospitals — an efficiency target they said they are already exceeding.
“If you think about it from the very beginning, it’s not costing more,” Hunter said of the hospital’s energy-efficiency goals. The hospital’s exterior reflects the focus on sustainability. Terracotta panels cover the lower part of the building. The terracotta is more effective than brick because it does not trap and transfer heat into the building, which results in less energy needed for cooling. With a similar aim, the new building’s roof is white, so it reflects rather than absorbs sunlight.
Using less energy also helps to create a more comfortable environment, hospital officials said. The new building’s control system turns down the lights on patient floors at night to create a quieter ambiance and use less wattage. “With that type of control system, you automatically have both the advantage of a better patient experience plus energy savings,” Hunter said. “It’s a win-win.”
An energy hub
A walk through a tunnel lined with utility tubes and wiring leads to the Central Utility Plant, the heart of the hospital’s energy-conserving operations. Opened in January 2014, the approximately 35,000-square-foot plant was designed to serve the new building — and do so more efficiently than its predecessor hub. Every boiler and chiller is monitored digitally to make sure it is only expending as much as energy as needed.
The plant runs on natural gas.
“We used to burn No. 6 oil,” said plant operations supervisor Terence Brady. “But it’s not cost-effective and not the green synergy we’re trying to promote.” Hospital officials said they maintain a close watch over the plant’s systems, which work at prolific rates. One boiler produces almost 13,000 pounds of steam per hour.
“We’re constantly having (the boilers) tested for their efficiency,” said Michael Smeriglio, the hospital’s executive director of facilities management. “We have an optimization package, which controls the motor — it’s reading the temperature and flame output and reading the amount of gas going in. We’re not using more than what we need.”
The same conservation principles apply in the 40,000-square-foot mechanical floor on the hospital’s third level. Air handlers use “variable speed technology” motors that spin as fast as needed. If less air is required, the motors slow down to save energy. Data on the new building’s total utility output and costs were not immediately available.
Looking ahead
The hospital’s green strategy has positioned the institution to gain a certified level of recognition in the U.S. Green Building Council’s and Green Business Certification Inc.’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program, one of the most prestigious endorsements of energy efficiency. About 980 healthcare projects are certified nationwide, while 1,835 are awaiting certification.
Connecticut has 270 LEED-certified commercial properties and another 364 waiting for certification. Across the U.S., about 64,500 projects are certified or seeking certification.
“One of the main tenets of LEED is human health and the belief that buildings can have an impact on our health,” said Theresa Backus, a technical specialist in the building council’s LEED department. “We believe buildings that are designed to be more sustainable are healthier buildings.” Stamford Hospital officials envision implementing other innovations when they become financially feasible. The Central Utility Plant could accommodate a “co-generation” system, which would recycle utility emissions. Heat byproducts, for instance, could be reused to warm up boiler water.
“You’d using less energy to warm up the water in boilers,” Smeriglio said. “We’d want to use every waste product off the co-generation.”  http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/business/article/Stamford-Hospital-aims-to-go-green-with-new-11089606.php 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Plan For The Best HVAC Maintenance Service And Building Efficiency

Operational AssessmentHow do you improve efficiency, plan for growth and stay flexible to changing market conditions? Start with a comprehensive Operational Assessment.
Guardian helps facilities plan and budget for the future by providing critical assessments of current HVAC maintenance service and equipment. We thoroughly evaluate what is working, assess gaps, report deficiencies and recommend improvements to keep your facility operating at peak performance. 
Our ultimate goal is to reduce your financial risk and set a foundation for growth. Whether your situation includes returning equipment to full functioning order or improving energy efficiency, you can expect to receive a complete road map to achieve the best HVAC maintenance service.

What To Expect From An Operational Assessment:

The Operational Assessment begins with comprehensive testing and systems analysis to evaluate the building energy usage and typical building operations over the prior year. During the analysis, key indicators are examined to determine baseline performance, such as:
  • Finding and locking in utility rebates
  • Complete feasibility studies to evaluate system design and equipment performance
  • Lower energy costs
  • Identifying incentives to maximize return on capital investments
  • Improvements in redundancy and operational reliability
After creating a baseline report based on historical building performance, Guardian provides a comprehensive list of operational and capital recommendations to save energy, improve comfort, and reduce the risk of equipment failure.  The results are prioritized in order of urgency and system impact to prove the most efficient plan for improvement.
Contact us today to start saving and planning for your future with an Operational Assessment.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Guardian Leverages Green Cleaning Technology

We customize our cleaning service to meet the needs of commercial properties, residential communities/buildings, financial institutions, retail locations, academia and municipal buildings. 
Which means we can offer you a full range of solutions based on your individual needs. See how we leverage new technologies by clicking here green cleaning
All janitorial services companies may appear similar, but there is a Guardian difference –
  • Almost 100 years of experience; established 1918
  • Full range of building, commercial, residential and academia cleaning services
  • 100% commitment to Green Cleaning! Guardian consistently leads the field in initiating the use of more efficient cleaning approaches. This includes environmentally responsible chemicals, enhanced vacuum filtration systems; light weight maneuverable equipment and an ongoing investment in specialty equipment
  • Expertise in a cross section of industries, ranging from commercial, residential, institutional, transportation hubs and academia
  • Stringent hiring and selection process, coupled with ongoing training/education
  • Technology, that enables 24/7/365 ‘real time’ communication with customers and staff