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Cleaning condenser coils: A commonly neglected practice
Buildings
Commercial buildings of all types contain various plug-in cooling appliances, such as refrigerators, freezers, display merchandisers, vending machines and ice machines. All of these appliances contain a condenser coil unit that is responsible for transferring the heat content of the air originally in the cooling enclosure to the atmosphere. Over time, these coils collect dirt and debris, killing the efficiency of the appliance.
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A tier pricing strategy for hotel Wi-Fi
By Linchi Kwok
When was the last time you made a hotel reservation? Did you look at how much a hotel charged for Wi-Fi? I did. In fact, it turned out a hotel's pricing strategy on Wi-Fi had become the determining factor for my decision on a future hotel stay. I was recently planning a trip to Hong Kong for The 2014 Global Tourism and Hospitality Conference and Asia Tourism Forum. I reviewed three hotels that were nearby the conference venue. They were all upper-upscale hotels that looked alike in pictures. They also offered similar conference rates during my stay. It seemed like I had a difficult choice to make, that is until I saw their pricing structures for the Wi-Fi service.
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Hotel meeting planners look for green
Hotel News Now
It might not be a deal breaker, but meeting planners increasingly are looking at hotels' sustainability programs when deciding where to hold their events, sources said. Hotel companies have responded with a variety of strategies to create greener meetings.
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Building information modeling and a future vision for FM
Facility Management Journal
Building information modeling is a digital representation of the physical and functional characteristics of a facility. Facility management industry leaders are currently seeking to define how BIM can be used by facility managers for new construction, major renovations and for existing buildings.
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TripAdvisor: More Americans planning international trips
Fox News
According to TripAdvisor's bi-annual TripBarometer study that measures the latest travel influencers and emerging hospitality trends, 67 percent of Americans surveyed say they're planning a trip abroad for 2104, compared to 53 percent last year. Almost all American survey respondents, or 97 percent, said they were planning a domestic trip in 2014.
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Crowdfunding craze seeping into hospitality world
By Suzanne Mason
Crowdfunding is not a new concept. Crowdfunding gives a company or an individual the chance to fund a project with small amounts of money by a large number of people via the Internet. Sites such as Kickstarter and IndieGoGo have sparked the interest in network fundraising. Now crowdfunding is finding is gaining popularity in real estate — specifically hotels. Hard Rock Hotel in Palm Springs, California, is looking to become the first hotel in the industry to raise money through crowdfunding.
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How to determine how water is used, and how water is being wasted
Building Operating Management
What is the best way for a facility manager to understand how water is consumed at a facility? How can a facility manager determine what might be necessary uses and where water is being wasted, for example through inefficiency or leaks?
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Hotel made of recycled shipping containers could be next architectural trend
Relaxnews via CTV News
‘Jenga' buildings composed of recycled shipping containers could be the next innovative architectural trend, if Hong Kong studio OVA has its way. The firm has designed Hive-Inn, an unusual sustainable concept that sees shipping containers slotted in and out of the building's grid-like structural frame according to requirements. The flexible tower would primarily be used as a hotel, although cargo boxes could be added and used as residential housing or as offices.
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Making building automation work
FacilitiesNet
Building automation systems offer institutional and commercial facilities a host of features and functions that can improve both the energy efficiency of HVAC systems and components and enhance the comfort of occupants. The key to achieving these twin goals for maintenance and engineering managers is to understand the needs of their facilities, as well as the offerings of new-generation BAS.
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7 positive ways faciilities managers can solve team conflict
Today's Facility Manager
Conflict among colleagues does not have to create dissension; it can be turned into a positive. Careful consideration and communication in the midst of conflict can get the creative juices flowing. New ideas can be formed and relationships strengthened. Here are seven solutions for turning the next conflict from a negative into a positive.
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