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5 tech trends that will shape hospitality
Hotel News Now
Hoteliers have heard it before: The hotel industry used to be ahead of the curve when it came to technology, attracting guests with TVs and other innovations they couldn’t dream of having in their own homes. Now the opposite is true: Travelers are familiar with the advanced technologies they have in their living room and are often disappointed when hotel rooms don’t meet needs or expectations.
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Composting toilets — the next sustainable frontier
Buildings
Most facility managers wouldn’t bat an eye at installing low-flow fixtures, irrigation controls, or rainwater harvesting to conserve water. But are you daring enough to trade your traditional toilets for composting ones? It goes without saying that restrooms generate hundreds of pounds of unmentionable waste each day, but few building professionals view all those flushes as carrying away a commodity. Enter the composting toilet.
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Brands adapt with urbanized hotel concept
Hotel News Now
What do modern travelers want in hotel design? According to a recent article in Conde Nast Traveler that ranked the 2014 best new hotels in the world, today's travelers want "A sense of place: a hotel that celebrates where it is in the world" and "A sense of personality: A hotel where it feels like every decoration has been hand-chosen by a person, not by a committee."
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Options for occupant communications improve, but message clarity is critical
FacilitiesNet
The options for directly communicating with building occupants and first responders during a crisis are constantly improving. Whether it's voice messages, text messages, or email, detailed messages can be sent quickly and repeatedly to help ensure that everyone is aware of what is happening and what they should do.
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5 common safety practices that are putting your workers at risk
Occupational Health & Safety
Every day, people go to work with the expectation that they will get home safely at the end of the day. To meet these expectations, businesses deploy various techniques and equipment to help keep their employees safe and healthy, such as providing training or mandating the use of personal protective equipment.
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Near the mark: Zero in on energy neutrality
Buildings
If your building isn't net zero, you can still be an energy hero. Drawing near can be just as good. Targeting "near zero" instead – which the New Buildings Institute defines as an energy use index of 16-20 kBTU per square foot per year or less — still brings staggering savings and green gains, even if true zero status isn't in the cards right now.
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CMMS, Saving and the rise of data
FacilitiesNet
Like many areas of institutional and commercial facilities, maintenance and engineering departments are undergoing a sea change in operations. Managers are tapping into a growing stream of data on nearly all aspects of their departments' activities that was unavailable even a decade ago, and they are analyzing it to make decisions designed to deliver cost savings and greater efficiency.
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Energy management 101: Smart submetering and data logging
Buildings
You can't manage what you don't measure. And if you're measuring your building up against today's efficiency pacesetters, then data logging and submetering can take you the extra mile. Data loggers and submeters will dive into greater detail about your energy consumption — more than a utility bill can ever hope.
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Protect yourself from dangerous arc flashes
By Jeannea Jones
Arc flash is the result of an electrical fault (such as a voltage source contacting a grounding source), and it presents an extremely hazardous condition. The light and heat energy produces sufficient electrical energy to cause substantial damage, fire, injury or death. When an uncontrolled arc forms at high voltages, arc flashes can produce deafening noises, searing shrapnel and extremely dangerous temperatures than can exceed 35,000 degrees. The result is a volatile explosion that can cause destruction of equipment and injury not only to an electrical worker but also to bystanders.
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