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Mindset over maturity central in hotel design
Hotel News Now
Despite some of the obvious differences among today's largest demographics, when evaluating the travel needs and preferences of modern-day travelers, our global population has a lot more in common than you might think. In today's technologically savvy world, a 53-year-old baby boomer is just as likely as a 27-year-old millennial to check into a hotel on his smartphone.
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5 misconceptions about concrete floor maintenance
CleanLink
With the continued growth of concrete as a chosen flooring material in commercial and residential building properties throughout North America, the challenge to properly maintain the surface increases. The Institute for Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification identified five commonly held misconceptions about concrete floor maintenance.
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3 keys to designing hotel room ambiance
Sourceable
From humble hotel rooms to luxury penthouses, hotel owners are re-thinking their guest rooms with design directed by the guests themselves. The future will bring highly personalized spaces, transformable furniture and technology-infused rooms. Hotels must really hone in on their guests' needs, from the activities they may participate in within the hotel and in the surrounding area to more core factors like simple demographics, though they must bear in mind that décor will play a major part in a guest's first impression.
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US Department of Energy releases new standards for fluorescent lights
MainStreet
At the end of 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy released new energy-efficiency standards for linear fluorescent lights that will effectively and significantly lower electric bills in the national building sector. These new lighting standards are one of many released by the DOE, which finalized minimum energy-efficiency standards late last year for 10 product categories, which also included commercial refrigeration equipment, furnace fans and external power supplies such as the black box chargers needed to power our laptop computers and cellphones.
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Commercial construction forecast predicts strong 2015 and 2016
BUILDINGS
With 2014 showing signs of recovery in the nonresidential building market and finishing at higher spending levels than expected, the positive trend is expected to continue in 2015 and 2016, according to the AIA's Consensus Construction Forecast. The report highlights big demand for hotels and office buildings as the primary driver of growth in the commercial/industrial sector, while the institutional sector will see gains due to growth in education and healthcare.
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How to sustainably refinish floors
BUILDINGS
Do your wood, vinyl, or stone floors need to be refinished? Before you reach for harsh chemicals, there are a number of ways to make the processes of revitalizing floors more environmentally friendly.
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The need to establish universal green building standards
SustainableCitiesCollective
Around the world, buildings consume an estimated one third of global energy, which is used to heat, cool, light and ventilate the structures we use every day. As more people move to cities, and the developing world continues to modernize, energy consumption is only expected to increase. It is estimated that 70 percent of the world's population will be living in urban areas by 2050.
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Reducing energy use intensity to achieve net zero: The role of facilities management
FM Link
It has long been known that buildings account for the consumption of more energy than any other sector in the United States. Any attempt to reduce that usage to zero has been seen as a drastic, unachievable measure. However, with advances in technology and spreading awareness of the threats posed by climate change, more buildings are being designed to use net zero energy, a trend that is likely to increase steadily as time goes on.
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Common problems found during roof inspections
FacilitiesNet
Until leaks appear, roofs are often out of sight and out of mind. The simple truth is that roof deficiencies do not get better with time, and ignoring maintenance problems can create other more deep-seated building concerns. Roof inspections often reveal common problems but also some not-so-predictable issues.
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What benefits can the Internet of things bring to your facility?
Facility Dude
Technology is one of the fastest-growing areas of life today. It seems like almost every other week there are breakthroughs being announced in medical research, computer hardware and consumer electronics. As these devices continue to develop, so too do the ways in which we use them and integrate them into our daily lives.
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