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Codes, standards developers align guidelines to create sustainable, high-performance buildings
Green Lodging News
Several leading associations that develop codes and standards to create green buildings are collaborating to align the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), ANSI/ASHRAE/IES/USGBC Standard 189.1 and the LEED green building program. The initiative is being welcomed by code officials, architects, engineers and contractors.
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How to simplify energy efficiency in hotels
Hotel Management
Many hotels have been able to complete their energy efficiency upgrades through partnerships, rebates and incentives from local, state and federal governments along with power companies. Late last year, the Energy Department announced $9 million to encourage investments in energy-saving technologies that can be tested and deployed in hotels and other types of commercial buildings.
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Survey: Only half of employees feel their facility is prepared for an emergency
CleanLink
Only half of employees believe their workplaces are prepared for a severe emergency, according to the third annual workplace safety survey by Staples, Inc. Nearly two-thirds of those polled said recent natural disasters have not led to their employers reassessing company safety plans. The survey, in honor of National Safety Month, also reveals that in the past six months nearly half of businesses have closed due to severe weather, costing the economy nearly $50 billion in lost productivity.
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Mistakes FMs make when choosing a cleaning provider
Premises & Facilities Management
It's easy to make a mistake – even with respect to something as important as a cleaning contract – but it can be costly. When FMs sign up for cleaning services it's important they don't rush into a decision, even if they're under financial and deadline pressures.
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Researcher analyzes fragranced products, finds misleading claims
Green Lodging News
A University of Melbourne researcher has found that common consumer products, including those marketed as "green," "all-natural," "non-toxic," and "organic," emit a range of compounds that could harm human health and air quality. But most of these ingredients are not disclosed to the public. Dr. Anne Steinemann, Professor of Civil Engineering, and the Chair of Sustainable Cities, from the Department of Infrastructure Engineering, Melbourne School of Engineering, is a world expert on environmental pollutants, air quality, and health effects.
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Increased innovation is leading to a hospitality boom
By Archita Datta Majumdar
EY's "Global hospitality insights" report shows a bright and glowing 2015 for the entire hospitality industry. There will be growth and increasing business demands, but everything will be driven by innovation, both in terms of technology and services. Hospitality now contributes to about 9.5 percent of GDP globally, and the sector is expected to grow by 3.9 percent in 2015, the findings show.
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ISO 22301: Your upgrade to first-class resilience
IFMA's FMJ
"Your upgrade to first-class resilience" does not appear in ISO 22301, the international standard for business continuity management. However, this phrase provides a theme to discuss the need to upgrade current-state business continuity programs to business continuity management systems and the benefits of managing them effectively. As an FM professional, you should expect that your organization will soon upgrade its safety, emergency preparedness and business continuity programs to a higher standard.
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EPA approves new climate-friendly refrigerants
Green Lodging News
As part of President Obama's Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is increasing the options for refrigerants used in various kinds of refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment in the United States that offer better climate protection without harming the ozone layer. This final action addresses refrigerants under the Climate Action Plan that calls on EPA's Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program to identify and approve additional climate-friendly chemicals.
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Tips to maximize your facility's storage
Facility Dude
Facility management is a multifaceted field that relies on several parts coming together seamlessly. Building maintenance keeps the physical assets in good condition, capital forecasting and budgeting ensures that there's enough gas in the proverbial tank to keep the lights on and record-keeping and inspections ensure administrators and facility managers all stay on the same page.
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Creating an energy-efficient plan — 1 step at a time
GlobeSt.com
Achieving energy efficiency is a high priority for most building owners and managers but the task may seem daunting when initially considering all of the elements involved. A step-by-step approach can help you manage and commit to this process so that you can realize the long-term cost savings.
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