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Georgia's Grand Hyatt hotel installs rain harvest system
Neighbor Newspapers
The Grand Hyatt Atlanta hotel in Buckhead, Ga., a plumbing company and a university announced they have formed a unique partnership to change the footprint of how the hotel uses the overstretched fresh water resources in Atlanta. The Grand Hyatt, which has 439 rooms and high occupancies, pays about $0.02 for every gallon used. While watching the rain from the third-floor terrace, Wes Shirley, the hotel's director of engineering, came up with the idea of using its roof to collect rainwater, which would be reused by the Grand Hyatt.
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Understanding air barriers
Facility Management Journal
Within the built environment, one of the leading causes of reduced energy performance, poor interior air quality and occupant discomfort can be attributed to breaches or defects in the air barrier system of the enclosure. An air barrier is an environmental separator within a building enclosure that is designed to resist uncontrolled air passage between interior and exterior spaces of a building. The effectiveness of the air barrier is governed by design, material selection and installation.
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How smart building initiatives maximize benefits
BUILDINGS
Smart building technology initiatives that encourage collaboration will help facilities maximize the benefits of smart technology investments, a new study posits.
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Hilton, a Midtown hotel built for the future, turns 50
The New York Times
It is probably true that the slablike, 46-story building that is now called the New York Hilton Midtown and its 1,980 rooms will never draw comparisons to the Waldorf-Astoria, the Plaza or the Pierre. Nonetheless, its opening 50 years ago marked a major turning point for the hospitality industry and the hotelier Conrad Hilton.
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Hotels OK carbon footprint standard
Travel Weekly
Hoteliers representing more than 15,000 properties have agreed to adopt a standardized system for measuring carbon footprints that were set a year ago by two global tourism organizations looking to boost environmental awareness within the tourism industry.
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Smart sensor options for HVAC
BUILDINGS
Roughly one-third of all commercial HVAC units are too big for the spaces they serve, says Jeff Riordan, director of business development for Irisys, a developer of thermal imaging and people-counting technology. This often results in excessive energy costs that seriously affect a building's bottom line financial performance.
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Services and maintenance: Minimal overhead
Today's Facility Manager
Regardless of whether the facility project at hand is an addition or the renovation of an existing space, selecting an appropriate ceiling system requires evaluation of a variety of factors. When selecting a ceiling, facility managers should begin with the considerations most important to the required performance in their buildings.
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Hospitality, retail sectors up green building investment
Environmental Leader
The hospitality and retail sectors are increasingly investing in green building projects with growth particularly evident in the past two years, according to a study released by McGraw Hill Construction in partnership with Waste Management. The percentage of "highly involved" hotel owners grew from 28 percent in 2011 to 48 percent this year. Growth is expected to rise to 62 percent by 2015, according to the report.
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Westin, other hotels let guests sleep in on Sunday
USA Today
Hotels are encouraging their guests to sleep in on Sunday. A growing number of hotels are granting travelers a reprieve from the oppressive 11 a.m. checkout on Sundays, when they have fewer guests checking in to take over their rooms.
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Hyatt Regency Century Plaza to seek historical status
Los Angeles Business Journal
Owners of Los Angeles' Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel are seeking historical cultural monument status for the famed Century City site, which they had proposed demolishing only years ago. The 47-year-old hotel is the centerpiece of an approved 1.5 million-square-foot mixed-use development plan.
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Sign debate puts Texas hotel on hold
Bandera County Courier
The City of Bandera (Texas) Board of Adjustments grappled with whether to grant a sign variance to the owner of a Main Street property, a hotel project proposed for the former site of the Old Texas Square complex. During a public hearing, residents and board members voiced concerns about the size of the sign and the fact that it will be a stand-alone structure — at least until a hotel is constructed on the site.
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