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Hotels revamp guest rooms for millennial travelers
USA TODAY
When it comes to designing hotel guest rooms for the modern-day business traveler, one piece of furniture is always a matter of debate: The desk. "The Millennial traveler doesn't seem to need to put everything on the desk," says Nigel Hatcher, senior director of Interior Design for Marriott International.
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Stricter OSHA reporting rules set to take effect
Providence Journal
As of Jan. 1, private-sector employers nationwide face stricter reporting requirements for on-the-job injuries. Previously, employers were required to notify the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration of all workplace fatalities, or when three or more workers were hospitalized in the same incident.
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Lighting upgrades: Planning projects that deliver
FacilitiesNet
Lighting system upgrades have attracted a great deal of attention within institutional and commercial facilities in recent years as the search for energy savings has intensified. Advances in lighting technology — particularly LEDs — combined with incentives from utilities for facilities to reduce energy use have opened the door for engineering and maintenance managers pursuing opportunities to save.
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Excess LEED credits could be sold in a LEED credit market
Green Lodging News
At Greenbuild 2014 in New Orleans, Mahesh Ramanujam, the President of the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) said that the GBCI intends to broaden its mandate. Recently, the GBCI is known for supporting the third party verification efforts for the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.
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Future hotel design to fuse old and new trends
Hotel News Now
Hotel design trends in 2020 will be molded around guest-facing technology and sustainability, according to five design experts. Hotel News Now asked the experts to share their thoughts on design trends in 2020, and the answers ran the gamut from 3-D printing technology to sustainability to the evolution of food-and-beverage. Additionally, the design trends will be centered on providing a unique and authentic experience, a trend that is unlikely to go away, the experts said.
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Identify gaps in ADA safety
BUILDINGS
Imagine that Stephen Hawking, Helen Keller, Stevie Wonder and Beethoven are all employees of your company. A fire alarm sounds and people need to evacuate, but how will these individuals receive emergency information and navigate your building to safety? People with disabilities face a number of complications during a crisis. Those with visual and hearing difficulties may not be able to adequately receive emergency alerts.
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2015 green building trends
Environmental Leader
The U.S. Green Building Council's Colorado chapter predicts the following green building trends for 2015.
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Service and maintenance: Think outside the box
Facility Executive
Hidden in plain sight, huge energy savings opportunities can be found in the most visible part of any commercial property — the building envelope. Savvy facility managers (fms) make it their business to monitor the ins and outs of every building system, from HVAC to lighting to the rooftop — but what happens outside is often another story.
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Perfect paint: The best 1st impression
BUILDINGS
A facility's interior paint is an instant indication of a building's upkeep and character. Common problems like adhesion and durability age a building's appearance and lead to costly remedies. What kind of impression is your paint making?
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New energy efficiency standards for fluorescent lamps
BUILDINGS
As a part of President Obama's Climate Action Plan, the DOE has released two new standards to improve energy efficiency efforts that apply to general service fluorescent lamps and automatic commercial ice makers.The latest benchmarks are expected to reduce carbon emissions by over 435 million metric tons and save homeowners and businesses up to $78 billion on electricity by 2030.
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