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Electricity use cut with efficiency controls for heating, cooling
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory via Phys.org
Commercial buildings could cut their heating and cooling electricity use by an average of 57 percent with advanced energy-efficiency controls, according to a year-long trial of the controls at malls, grocery stores and other buildings across the country. The study demonstrated higher energy savings than what was predicted in earlier computer simulations by the same researchers.
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Hotels dazzle guests with high-tech amenities
Forbes
Welcome to the world of high-tech hotels, where small boutiques and big chains alike are vying for the business of tech-savvy travelers by providing them with an ever-evolving set of geeky goodies. Features like mobile check-in and apps for controlling meeting room set-ups make it easier for guests and conference attendees to manage and monitor activity. And many have come to expect these features.
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Mexico looks to cool roofs to bring in energy savings
EcoSeed
Cool roofs — designed to reflect more sunlight and absorb less heat — could help commercial and residential buildings in Mexico realize energy savings of 7 and 18 percent. Cool roofs can be made of a highly reflective type of paint, a sheet covering or highly reflective tiles or shingles — or simply be painted white.
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Hotels lull their guests to sleep
USA Today
For years many have been offering extensive pillow menus. Now they are going far beyond that with bedtime reminder calls and customizable beds.
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Tax implications of building system maintenance or replacement
Today's Facility Manager
The recent release of the IRS regulations, Tangible Property Regulations — 080713 v1 and IRS Revenue Section 263(a), define the tax differences between repairs or maintenance and replacement of long life building systems and components. Facility managers need to know how these regulatory changes apply when considering repair or replacement of long life systems or components in commercial buildings.
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Six building materials of the future
Green Building Elements
These futuristic building materials will change the way we construct buildings in the years to come.
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Ensuring the most energy-efficient equipment
FacilitiesNet
Ongoing energy use measurement and diagnostics will help optimize energy performance and keep building systems operating smoothly. There are new building energy management applications that bridge between data collection to diagnostics, alerts, and work orders, but an excellent facilities manager is the key to success.
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Tips for adding appeal to your restaurant's patio space
Restaurant News
With the weather warming up, it's the perfect time to get the most out of your restaurant's patio for dining and entertaining. If your patio needs some love, here are fun ways to add excitement and appeal to your outdoor patio space.
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Geneva, Dubai rank as priciest cities in world for hotels
Bloomberg
World travelers looking for a cheap place to stay may want to avoid Geneva, Dubai and Miami. The three cities rank among the most expensive markets for hotel rooms, according to an index compiled by Bloomberg.
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Make applying for your jobs easy
By Mel Kleiman
There are always plenty of people who want to work, but there are never enough good and great ones. That's why the largest, most attractive pool of potential recruits are all the folks who are now employed. They are the proven, dependable, honest, diligent people who savvy employers covet most. So, how do you go about attracting them away from their jobs and getting them on your team?
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