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Hotels urged to assess water use, study management practices
Buildings
Approximately 15 percent of total water use in commercial and institutional facilities in the U.S. comes from hotels and other lodging businesses, according to the EPA. The largest consumers are restrooms, laundry operations, landscaping and kitchens. Estimates suggest that implementing water-efficient fixtures and practices in commercial buildings can decrease operating costs by approximately 11 percent, energy consumption by 10 percent and water use by 15 percent, finds the American Hotel & Lodging Association.
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F-gas set to change the face of cooling in Europe, the world
By Andrew Gaved
The Council of the European Union formally adopted the text of the revised F-Gas Regulation recently, and the regulations to move away from HFCs will take effect Jan. 1, 2015. We should not underestimate what a big deal this is for European refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps, since HFCs form the overwhelming majority of the industry's current refrigerant armory. If anybody reading outside Europe thinks this will remain a regional decision only, think again. The political forces behind the regulation have made it no secret that they believe this should set an example for the rest of the world to follow.
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Hip hotels harvest honey with on-site apiaries
USA Today
Hip hotels went local long ago with chef-tended herb and veggie gardens. The next wave, make that swarm, is here: hotel honeybees housed in on-site apiaries. It's an offshoot of the urban agriculture trend that is playing out across the EU and the U.S.
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Emerging technologies help cut HVAC-A/C energy consumption
Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Most conventional building HVAC systems are designed to operate at a constant speed. Building loads, however, can be anything but constant. Weather conditions, occupancy and other factors require the HVAC system to adjust and react. This anemic performance has only recently been improved with the development of new and emerging technologies.
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Studies: Efficiency still the cheapest energy resource
Midwest Energy News via Greentech Media
Energy efficiency remains far cheaper than investing in additional generation. That's the case even in states where a long history of energy efficiency has pushed up the cost of squeezing out additional savings.
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Crowdfunding spreads to hotels
Bloomberg
Real estate crowdfunding is spreading to the U.S. hotel industry, offering individual investors perks such as room upgrades along with an interest in the property. The owner of Southern California's Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs is selling stakes in the 163-room luxury resort, with investors receiving such benefits as improved bookings, room-rate discounts and free use of a poolside cabana set aside for hotel owners.
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Facility management impacts all aspects of daily living
By Jeannea Jones
Facility management encompasses numerous services, including plant operations and maintenance; custodial; and grounds, landscape and sports field maintenance. All of these services impact the quality of life for people. Recognizing that the physical working, learning and living environment is critical serves as a fundamental competitive asset in the world today. Having professional, skilled technicians onsite is beneficial for preventing and addressing mechanical, electrical and plumbing issues.
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Smart buildings are getting smarter, more user-friendly
RE Journals
Advances in building and information technologies have brought a new Big Data analytics-based approach to facilities management — one that ushers in a new era of operational control, reliability and productivity for businesses and workers. "Technological advances have finally converged with long-existing and significant opportunities for improving energy efficiency and the user experience within buildings," said Dan Probst, chairman of energy and sustainability services at JLL.
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Restrooms present opportunity for sustainability, savings
Today's Facility Manager
Despite the remarkable achievements of the green building movement and the heightened emphasis placed on sustainable design and construction, more can be done to reduce the environmental impact of washrooms, which too often remain hotbeds for resource waste. Two of the biggest opportunities for improvement are reducing water consumption and paper towel use.
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Smart building technology market set to triple
Greenbang
The market for smart building technologies is expected to triple between now and 2018, according to a new report from IDC Energy Insights. The Global Smart Buildings Forecast 2013-2018 predicts that spending in the sector will grow from $7.3 billion in 2014 to $21.9 billion in 2018.
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A look at the future of American energy and how we get there
Forbes
The U.S. is poised to spend around $2 trillion over the next two decades replacing our outdated electric infrastructure. We must make sure those investments are not spent on replacing old, dirty power plants with more of the same. If we're truly going to unleash the clean energy future, we must invest in renewable energy and a smarter grid that can smooth out the demand for power and reduce harmful air pollution.
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