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Green Building Initiative launches new certification program
Hospitality Design
The Green Building Initiative has launched a new certification program specific to design of interiors of commercial and institutional buildings, according to GBI president Jerry Yudelson. The new program, Green Globes for Sustainable Interiors, focuses exclusively on the sustainable design and construction of interior spaces in non-residential buildings and can be pursued by both building owners and individual lessees of commercial spaces.
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Hotels: Oldies are goodies
4Hoteliers
Industry thumb rules state that the "useful life" of a hotel ranges from 30 to 40 years. After that the building and its equipment are either too old to renovate, or the property is no longer situated in a prime location; however, for a few hotels in the U.S. that are 50 years old, or more, they are just hitting the prime of their life. These "grande dames" are achieving premium occupancy and ADR levels compared to comparable youngsters.
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In the moment of the heat
The Economist
Buildings are horribly inefficient consumers of heat. In winter, a vast amount of energy is wasted heating empty homes during the day and warming empty commercial buildings at night. Even when each is in use, unoccupied spaces are routinely kept at the same temperature as those that are occupied. Some spaces in particular are spectacular heat wasters.
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Designing buildings that work like flowers
The Hartford Courant
When it comes to energy use, many people don't think of buildings — but they should. Buildings account for 36 percent of our energy consumption and 30 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, according to the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection. That's why it's important that we make better buildings.
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Should hotels have apps or responsive design?
Hotel News Now
According to Statistic Brain, more than 148 million travel reservations are booked online each year, and 65 percent of same-day travel arrangements are made from a smartphone. Given that the latest Nielsen data indicates two-thirds of Americans own smartphones, offering an app for your hotel's brand will help to increase your bookings and boost customer retention. But do you really need an app for your hotel, or is a responsive website sufficient?
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Diagnosing unusual carpet problems
Facility Management Journal
In most medium- to large-sized facilities, carpeting is maintained either by the facility's contract cleaner or by a professional carpet cleaning company. But what about when there are problems — for instance, when after the carpets are cleaned with an extractor there are areas that appear as if they never dried?
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Maximizing water efficiency
Environmental Leader
Upgrading old fixtures and altering occupant behavior are two key strategies to improve building water efficiency. Depending on their age, older faucets, toilets and urinals could be using 70 to 80 percent more water than newer equivalents. Newer toilets offer the greatest savings.
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New open-source software will accelerate energy efficiency in buildings
Institute for Market Transformation via Green Building Elements
The U.S. Department of Energy launched June 11 a free, open-source, standard software application for the management of building performance data, the first such software of its kind. The Standard Energy Efficiency Data platform can be used by city governments, researchers, utilities and others to manage, validate and share large amounts of data on the energy performance of buildings.
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Why implement a sustainability initiative?
By Ryan Moosman
A growing ecological awareness is beginning to emerge as we find that conventional methods of interacting with the environment and using natural resources has consequences that threaten our quality of life and the well-being of future generations. We are developing new ways of living, learning, working, playing and doing business that embody a spirit of environmental stewardship, concern for all living species and improved quality of life for everyone — today and into the future. All of our daily actions and choices — everything we do, buy, sell and make — are about sustainability.
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