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5 trends in hotel design
Lodging
As the U.S. economy continues to strengthen, the architecture and design industry is gaining momentum. Gordon Beckman, principal and design director at John Portman & Associates, an architectural and engineering firm with more than 60 years of expertise in designing hotels and other buildings, discusses opportunities and trends in hotel design.
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Best practices for risk mitigation in mission-critical facilities
FMJ
Reducing downtime is always top of mind for facility managers and mitigating risk in mission-critical facilities is one of the highest priorities. There are several best practices that should be implemented to help ensure that facilities will operate smoothly and efficiently. Taken in combination, these techniques allow facility managers to preemptively address threats before they happen as well as eliminate the cause of downtime as quickly as possible.
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3 reasons to switch to tankless water heating
BUILDINGS
If a steady supply of hot water is needed for your business operations, it may be time to ditch your old water heater. A tankless water heater will secure energy savings while delivering all the hot water your business needs to stay afloat.
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Energy conservation program: Energy conservation standards for automatic commercial ice makers
Federal Register
In this final rule, the U.S. Department of Energy is adopting more-stringent energy conservation standards for some classes of automatic commercial ice makers as well as establishing energy conservation standards for other classes of automatic commercial ice makers. It has determined that the amended energy conservation standards for these products would result in significant conservation of energy, and are technologically feasible and economically justified.
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Energy Saving Performance Contracts: Can you cut lighting costs?
Federal Times
The federal government is taking a leadership role in setting new standards for energy efficiency, establishing goals for net-zero installations and improving operational energy security. Energy Saving Performance Contracts are effective tools in this proactive approach to sustainability and energy savings.
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Achieving sustainability and maintainability in facilities
FacilitiesNet
Sustainability has become a top priority in institutional and commercial facilities in the last decade. Architects and consulting engineers continuously strive to reduce buildings' energy use in order to conserve valuable natural resources and protect the environment. But using unproven building materials and systems to achieve these goals can create long-term issues for maintenance and engineering managers and their departments.
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Roofing warranty: 5 questions to consider
Facility Executive
Just as there is a roofing system to meet the distinct needs of each building, there is a warranty for every roofing structure, system, and budget. The terms of a warranty can range depending on the commercial roofing system, and there are certainly many factors to consider. But what questions should be top-of-mind for facility professionals? Identify warranty priorities for a given roofing system project by asking yourself the following questions.
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What is green building?
U.S. Green Building Council
Sustainability is not a one-time treatment or product. Instead, green building is a process that applies to buildings, their sites, their interiors, their operations, and the communities in which they are situated. The process of green building flows throughout the entire life-cycle of a project, beginning at the inception of a project idea and continuing seamlessly until the project reaches the end of its life and its parts are recycled or reused.
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Energy purchasing: 5 mistakes to avoid
Facility Executive
Energy purchasing has traditionally been, and continues to be, an important aspect of facility management. With lighting, heating, and cooling consuming 54-71 percent of total energy use depending on climate, this raises the question: What steps are successful facility managers taking to control and reduce these costs?
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Developing a facility safety program?
FMLink
While facility managers spend a considerable amount of time developing emergency preparedness strategies to deal with unforeseen circumstances, they often overlook the significance of incorporating workplace wellness into their strategies. Recent outbreaks show that the spread of germs can be just as dangerous to a workplace as a natural disaster.
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