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Decisions on repairing, retrofitting or replacing windows
FacilitiesNet
When aging windows are neglected, they become a primary source for drafts and water infiltration. If not addressed, these seemingly minor nuisances can lead to bigger problems, including user discomfort, increased energy costs, loss of assets, and costly damage to the building. Facility managers can decide between repairing, retrofitting or replacing windows, but there are a number of considerations involved in that decision.
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FM issue: Withstand the weather
Today's Facility Manager
The roof is a commercial building's first line of defense against natural hazards such as wind, rain, fire, hail, ice, snow and extreme heat; it is also the most vulnerable part of a facility. Every day, roofs are exposed to weather and other elements that may contribute to decay and deterioration, increasing the risk of damage to the roof itself and the contents below it.
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Green benefits run the hotel gamut
Hotel News Now
The Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers and Beechenhill Farm reside on opposite ends of the hospitality spectrum. Yet for all their differences, the driving philosophy is remarkable similar: Deliver big guest experiences on small ecological footprints.
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Air conditioning alternatives: Thermally driven cooling systems
Green Building Elements
Cooling in the heat of summer can be a daunting challenge in congested urban areas. Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE have been working on innovative sorbents that can store a particularly large amount of water vapor that can be used for cooling purposes.
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More bad labor news for hoteliers
Hotel News Now
As every hotelier knows, labor is the biggest and most difficult to manage line item in a hotel's profit-and-loss statement. And the cost of labor seems destined to rise as more communities and countries look to raise wage rates to levels many owners and operators will have difficulty absorbing.
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Does green building heighten fire risk?
Sourceable
A team of fire protection engineering researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute has been given a US$1 million grant from the U.S Department of Homeland Security to investigate the fire safety risks associated with green construction. Their work, which runs for three years, will aim to quantify the fire hazards and risks associated with green building technologies, materials and sustainable building practices and identify and reduce any potential risks to occupants and firefighters.
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Caution: New risks arise from LED technology
Facility Management Journal
Over the past several years, deployment of LED lighting fixtures has increased in commercial settings due to improvements in LED light quality, high levels of efficiency, low maintenance requirements and rapid payback versus other lighting sources. However, unlike other fixtures, LEDs do no burn out when they've reached the end of their optimal service life.
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Legendary hotels from around the world
Yahoo Travel
As much as travelers love new, hip boutique hotels, there's something to be said for the grandes dames of the world: Raffles Singapore, The Plaza in New York or the Ritz Paris. Trips to these cities wouldn't be complete without a visit to one of these renowned hotels.
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Revamping existing buildings to make them energy efficient
Youris.com via Phys.org
Tackling energy loss from buildings is one of the key objectives to reach greater sustainability when it comes to energy consumption. The European Union-funded BRICKER project aims to develop ways of reducing energy consumption by 50 percent in existing buildings within the next four years.
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Questions to answer before deciding on a portable cooling solution
FacilitiesNet
While facility managers may go years between purchases or leases of portable cooling systems, when they need one, it's often critical and urgent. Before signing a purchase or lease agreement for a new portable cooling system, facility managers will want to address the following questions.
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