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A hotel industry future without vinyl products?
Green Lodging News
Vinyl or PVC materials have been a staple in hotel projects for many decades. Vinyl offers performance and a cost value that other materials found hard to match for a very long time. Unfortunately PVC based materials also present an environmental headache that many hotel owners, builders and designers want to avoid in the future.
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Electronic locks going mobile in 2015
Hotel Management
Starting last year, mobile keys made a splash and that trend will be in full swing this year. Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide started testing out virtual keys at the Aloft Harlem in New York and Aloft Cupertino in California last year. The company plans to roll it out to other hotel brands this year.
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Study: Steel roofs can last as long as buildings they cover
FMLink
Of interest to facility managers and owners in the process of specifying a new roof, the Metal Construction Association has released new research findings that conclude that certain metal roof systems can last at least 60 years, meaning they do not require replacement during a commercial building's service life. The specific type is common on low-rise commercial buildings such as warehouses, schools, distribution centers, shopping centers, exposition halls and other facilities.
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Advances in antimicrobial coatings for surfaces
BUILDINGS
While there may be no silver bullet for germs, researchers have developed antimicrobial abrasion-resistant coatings that use silver and copper colloids to kill germs and stop new ones from becoming established on surfaces. The metals work by gradually releasing germicidal metal ions into the environment.
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Locks 101
Facility Executive
With increased interest on safety, many facility professionals are more involved in the details of their organizations' security systems. While much discussion will be on topics such as funding, lockdowns, and other security and safety issues, one thing remains constant. Access control, in whatever its form, begins with locks. And this subject has its own nomenclature, which can be confusing. Thus, welcome to the world of mortise, strikes, fail safe, and fail secure.
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5 steps to achieving maintenance operations utopia
FacilitiesNet
Here's a reminder of an old saying that has been written many different ways: "Don't let perfection stand in the way of progress." In other words, start where you are, use what you have, and do what you can. The bottom line is do something. Wait for the stars in your department to align with Mike's World, and you'll never get anywhere.
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Why be efficient and productive in a maintenance organization?
By Denny Hydrick
When your team is manufacturing widgets, it is a must to be efficient and productive, isn't it? The more widgets you make, the more sales are up. The more sales are up, the more the company makes. The more the company makes, then better the chances of long-term employment for you. But we in maintenance don't produce widgets and thus don't contribute to higher sales. Why should a maintenance team be concerned with efficiency and productivity?
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Safe workplaces smart for business
Facility Executive
Studies by insurance carriers say investment in proactive workplace safety processes can yield a return on investment of approximately $6.15 to every $1 spent, according to Greg Andress, ARM, safety and loss control manager at Frank Winston Crum Insurance. "Workplace safety is a huge issue, both in terms of worker safety and cost to employers. In fact, the cost of occupational injuries and illnesses was estimated at nearly $250 billion annually in a recent U.C. Davis study," says Andress.
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Beyond PUE: The big picture of data center energy efficiency
FacilitiesNet
To hear the buzz in the data center industry, a facility manager might assume that reducing the PUE, or power usage effectiveness, of a data center would be a fool-proof way to add value to the business, as long as the steps taken to improve PUE don't cause a spike in the risk of downtime.
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