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LEED v4 launch approaches
BUILDINGS
The final version of LEED v4 cleared its last hurdle recently when its membership voted in favor of adopting the new update to the green building rating system. Education about the update's requirements will kick off as early as this summer with webinar suites, while the full program and accompanying reference guides will be released during LEED v4's official launch at Greenbuild International Conference & Expo in November.
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Services and maintenance: Extending carpet life
Today's Facility Manager
The reality is that carpet serves a range of critical and often hidden functions in a facility. When well maintained, it is a high performing asset that can reduce operating costs and improve occupant satisfaction. If carpet is poorly maintained, it is more than simply unattractive but also a source of early replacement expense and even occupant risk.
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Revenue managers look beyond rooms
Hotel News Now
While rooms revenue is the most critical — and typically the most profitable — revenue stream in a hotel, today's revenue managers are broadening their scope and taking other areas of the hotel into consideration. Particularly for hotels with casinos or complex food-and-beverage programs, these revenue streams need to be considered when pricing rooms, distributing inventory or negotiating group contracts, a panel of revenue managers said recently.
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Hotel values said to continue rising
Travel Weekly
U.S. hotel values are up 40 percent from 2009 and will increase another 7.4 percent next year, as a rebound in travel spending boosts lodging revenue, Smith Travel Research said, citing a Penn State study. Economy hotels, which were hit hardest during the Great Recession, had the largest valuation jumps during the past four years, with values jumping 73 percent since 2009 to $30,797 per room, according to the study.
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Novotel virtual concierge raises guest satisfaction levels
Hotel News Resource
One month after the first phase of a global virtual concierge roll-out, Novotel has noted significant increases in guests' satisfaction levels. Accor's midscale brand also reports high levels of adoption across all target demographics. The Virtual Concierge, which was launched by Novotel in June, is available on a screen in the lobby.
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OSHA institutes new National Emphasis Program on isocyanates
Lexology
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced a new National Emphasis Program to protect workers from the health effects from occupational exposure to isocyanates. According to the new NEP, workers in a wide range of industries and occupations are exposed to at least one of the numerous isocyanates known to be associated with work-related asthma. OSHA has identified jobs that may involve exposure to isocyanates to include painting, blowing foam insulation and the manufacture and thermal degradation of many polyurethane products such as polyurethane foam, insulation materials, surface coatings, car seats, furniture, foam mattresses, under-carpet padding, packaging materials, shoes, laminated fabrics, polyurethane rubber and adhesives.
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Decline in hotel delinquencies leads CMBS rates down
Atlas Hospitality Group
The delinquency rate on securitized commercial mortgages plummeted in April. Although most commercial real estate categories experienced declines, hotels saw the biggest drop.
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Are sustainability initiatives missing a critical component? A perspective on risk
Hotel News Resource
For the vast majority of building equipment upgrades, an owner's investment decision is based on both upfront cost and annualized savings. While the investment numbers may appear straightforward on paper, owners and operators should ask the following prior to moving forward: Have I done everything possible to optimize the ROI from this project?
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OSHA urges heat stroke awareness
The Eagle
Temperatures are expected to climb back up as summer continues, posing a health risk to workers and anyone engaging in outdoor activities. As part of its campaign to prevent heat illness, OSHA has launched an application compatible with Android and iPhone that allows the user to input the temperature and humidity to calculate the heat index and assess the risk of the resulting index. The app is available at www.osha.gov/heatapp.
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Slow adoption of in-flight WiFi schools airlines in what works
Travel Weekly
As in-flight WiFi slowly becomes more prevalent, airlines are discovering that passenger demand is determined largely by demographics, types of services being offered and the lengths of flights. On domestic flights, travelers now have access to onboard WiFi 44 percent of flight time, according to the travel website Routehappy, which tracks airlines’ in-flight experiences such as comfort, amenities and services, including WiFi.
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Carlson hotels courting the prized millennials
Star Tribune
Country Inns & Suites by Carlson is shooting for star power as it attempts to remake its onetime gingham-and-grandma image into a light, bright, aesthetically pleasing product that appeals to millennial travelers without forsaking baby boomers. Carlson has enlisted HGTV star Genevieve Gorder, a Minneapolis native and South High School grad, as a key consultant and camera-ready spokeswoman for the new concept.
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