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Green building wall moves to filter indoor air
Sourceable
Researchers have created a public-scale prototype of a mobile green wall designed to harness the power of plants to clean the air inside the building. The prototype was created by researchers from the School of Architecture at Rensselear Polytechnic Institute at the Institute's Center of Architecture Science and Ecology in New York City.
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Hotels embrace the campus nearby
The New York Times
Hotels near college campuses are gearing up to attract graduation weekend crowds, just as they compete throughout the year to attract visiting high-school families, graduates attending reunions and parents dropping off freshmen. Large chains are increasingly joining established independent hotels by tailoring their decorations and amenities to the college calendar.
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Prepare your trees for summer storm season
By Jeannea Jones
Preparing for summer storms is not always easy as the weather can be unpredictable. Cleanup from summer storms can also equate to increased overtime, so it is important that grounds professionals be as proactive as possible when it comes to weather changes and preparation. According to recent surveys, more than 1 million trees are struck by lightning in the United States each year. Trees can be killed immediately from lightning strikes, but more often they are weakened allowing a secondary attack from disease or insect infestation to finish the job.
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How designer hotels became the new luxury must-have
Spears
Why just wear a designer brand when you can eat, drink and sleep it? From LVMH to Armani, luxury labels are moving — with mixed success — into the hotel business.
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How to build a positive safety culture
Facility Management Journal
Safety is a positive value that prevents injuries, saves lives and improves productivity and outcomes. Undoubtedly, the best way to build and maintain a positive safety culture within an organization is when the facility manager leads by example.
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Older consumers want to hear from you
By Michael J. Berens
Leaders looking to grow their businesses might start by taking a look around their offices. They are likely to find a fair number of older workers, including, quite possibly, themselves. The median age for CEOs is 55, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that by 2020 the median age of workers will reach 42.5, and workers age 55 and older will make up more than 25 percent of the workforce. Yet, curiously, most businesses continue to neglect older consumers, as though the demographics within their offices had nothing to do with the demographics in the marketplace.
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ASHRAE continues work on Legionellosis standard
Plumbing Engineer
Nearly 40 years after Legionnaires' Disease first gained public attention, the disease remains common throughout the world. Recent cases include outbreaks in Australia, Canada and the United States. As a result, ASHRAE continues work on what would be the first set of standardized requirements specific to the building industry for management of the risks associated with amplified growth of and exposure to Legionella.
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Technology gives boost to the facility management industry
Gulf News
Facilities management spans a variety of functions, technologies and professions. As such, the entire market size is hard to determine, but industry sources say the core market, which includes the management and maintenance of private and public buildings and commercial complexes, is currently worth about US$500 billion globally, with the potential to double by 2020, should the global recovery stay on track.
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Minimum wage: The time is now to increase workers' pay
By Danielle Wegert
Minimum-wage employees make $7.25 per hour. Is this enough to live on? Is this enough to support a small family? According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, a minimum-wage employee in California must work 130 hours to afford a two-bedroom apartment. In Arkansas, that same worker must work 63 hours to afford that same apartment. However, there is not one state in the United States that a minimum-wage employee can work a standard 40-hour workweek and afford an apartment. Do you still think minimum wage is enough to survive?
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