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Cooling towers: Eye on energy efficiency
Building Operating Management
Cooling towers are a major component in commercial and institutional facility comfort and process cooling systems. Their operation is straightforward: They are expected to operate efficiently and reliably, even while sitting outside in temperature extremes, wind, rain, dust and contamination.
Seeing double on check-in at certain hotels
The New York Times
As the economy recovers and hotels begin new construction, hoteliers that took pains to differentiate brands are now, if not tossing those notions aside, at least testing their limits. The brands share the same building in what is known in the industry as a dual-branded hotel.
The HVAC Factor: Wireless thermostat conversion
Today's Facility Manager
As energy efficiency standards grow stronger, legacy pneumatic controls for the HVAC system in commercial buildings are often unable to meet the needs of facility operators.
'Hotel without guests' lets industry test technology, designs and Ideas
Under construction outside of Munich at the Hotel-Kompetenz-Zentrum, a center/platform and adviser in all fields of the hotel and gastronomy industry, is a "hotel without guests" that features "11 room types, from 3-star comfort to luxury suites, as well as a large reception area with a bar and a café." Each room is designed differently in an effort to try out and showcase various strategies. This allows those in the hotel industry to easily compare rooms, layouts, designs, concepts, etc.
Hotels offer meals-to-go for air travelers
A number of hotels across the country are offering gourmet meals for guests to take with them on their airplane rides home. Hotels says the meals are popular with guests who don't want to rely on airport concessions that often serve fatty fare or airlines that serve hardly anything at all unless passengers pay.
Construction begins on world's first underwater hotel
In what is sure to be a project to remember for the crews putting it together, construction has begun in Dubai on the world's first underwater hotel. With a design that resembles the USS Enterprise from "Star Trek" and a function akin to "Sealab 2020," the Water Discus Hotel will bring new meaning to sleeping with the fishes.
Climate change impact on energy: 5 proposed safeguards
As humanity's use of energy has altered Earth's atmosphere, climate change is disrupting the systems for producing and transporting that energy. Recently, a U.S. Department of Energy report urged that action be taken to address the nation's increasing risk of blackouts and other breakdowns in power and fuel delivery.
Regular inspections, testing help improve energy efficiency in chillers
Energy efficiency and HVAC system reliability remain top priorities for maintenance and engineering managers. Chillers are the single largest users of electricity in most institutional and commercial facilities, as well as the most expensive piece of equipment in HVAC systems. So they are natural targets for improvement efforts.
Government tax breaks help build convention center hotels
International Meetings Review
As the meetings and events industry grows stronger, hotel developers are looking to build hotels to quench the demand for convention and conference center hotels. In two different cities, two separate projects are now underway, due in part to governmental tax breaks that will help ease the burden of development.
Boston hotels save thanks to condensate heat recovery systems
Green Lodging News
Owners of several Boston hotels are wisely investing in heat recovery systems to eliminate the inefficiencies inherent in the steam systems they use to heat their buildings. The result of their investments is annual savings of tens of thousands of dollars in energy, water and sewer costs, and a reduced carbon footprint.
Colby Horton, Vice President of Publishing, 469.420.2601
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