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Keeping buildings cool in the heat


Natalie Thomas, reporter
June 22, 2012 — At this time of year, it becomes very important to keep buildings comfortable in the heat. One company relies on The Weather Network to do exactly that.


BLJC uses The Weather Network to help maintain temperatures in buildings
BLJC uses The Weather Network to help maintain temperatures in buildings

"The larger the building and depending on the cooling capacity of those buildings, they can take many hours to heat up or cool down," says Gordon Hicks, President of BLJC.

BLJC is a company that offers workplace management services to their clients. And while they have many clients of their own, BLJC is actually a client of The Weather Network as well.

"The Weather Network does give us insight in terms of how cool or how warm the temperatures are going to get and that gives us an idea of whether or not we have to actually look at doing any types of scheduling changes and maintaining temperatures in buildings," says Hicks.

There are five meteorologists dedicated to providing specific services for clients
There are five meteorologists dedicated to providing specific services for clients

According to Sean Pinney, Director of Commercial Services at The Weather Network, providing observational data for BLJC is only part of the information needed for all of their locations across Canada.

"We've also provided them with historical observation data and the 30 year averages for each of these locations as well."

BLJC is just one of the roughly 150 clients that The Weather Network has, and they all have different needs.

"There are some clients who are very interested in precipitation," says Pinney. "Of course snowfall is a big one for our winter maintenance clients. We have a number of other ones that are interested in rainfall data."

Pinney adds that there are five dedicated meteorologists that help to provide these specific services.

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