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Seeing green: Cutting costs in the face of rising utilities
Green Lodging News
Businesses and consumers alike are feeling the heat from rising utility costs, but commercial buildings in particular, such as hospitals, shopping centers and offices, have been taking a significant hit considering they account for about one-fifth of domestic energy consumption.
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Implementing energy efficiency in commercial and industrial buildings
Frost & Sullivan via FMLink
Carbon emissions have long-lingering side effects that are detrimental to our environment and economy. What can individual organizations do to mitigate these concerns? Through the implementation of energy-efficiency strategies, organizations and facilities can collectively reverse the potential damage of excessive energy while managing operating costs.
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The dark side of poor lighting
Buildings
Eye strain, headaches, low mood, poor concentration, absenteeism and job dissatisfaction — even a few minutes working under the wrong lighting can kill productivity. Proper lighting is a cornerstone of indoor environmental quality. It encourages better learning in students, increased purchases in retail settings, faster healing in patients and higher performance levels in workers.
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Focus on curb appeal to stay competitive
Hotel News Now
Although independent hoteliers don't have the backing of a global brand, there are other ways they can ensure their properties are noticed. One way is to focus on curb appeal, sources said. "With guests more well-traveled than ever before, it's important that hotels remain competitive with others in their market, and that starts with curb appeal," said Amy Jakubowski, partner and managing director of Puccini Group, via email.
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Destination: Certification
Buildings
For the next 11 months, your LEED for Existing Buildings certification plans will face a fork in the road. Projects can register under either LEED 2009 or v4 until June 2015, when the field narrows to just v4. So which is best for your facility?
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Maintaining a low slip and fall factor
Cleaning & Maintenance Management
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that slip and falls are the number one cause of accidents in hotels, restaurants and public buildings. According to data from Liberty Mutual, same level falls represented $8.61 billion in worker's compensation costs in 2010. Fortunately, with the latest technology, you can accurately measure the potential that someone will slip, trip or fall.
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Study: Guests much more satisfied with hotels
USA TODAY
Travelers have reached their highest level of satisfaction with hotels in years because of improvements in facilities and services, a new study released recently. But there's one group of travelers that remains most critical of hotels: Millennials, those typically ages 18 to 30, who are starting to travel more and spend more.
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Finding the balance
Facility Management Journal
Many organizations focus their attention on lowering costs within the small percentage of their budget dedicated to custodial products. However, lower product pricing alone will not solve a facility's biggest challenge today: Driving increased efficiency and productivity in the people charged with cleaning their facilities.
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Savings and efficiency from using HDS to plan retrofits
FacitlitiesNet
High-definition survey technology offers maintenance and engineering managers a quicker and more efficient and powerful alternative to conventional surveying for new and existing institutional and commercial structures. In the past, the conventional, manual surveying of sites for facility retrofits or expansions often required hundreds of hours, sometimes over months, and sometimes involved potentially hazardous locations.
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Breathing new life into the hotel conference room
Azure
Meetings can be boring because conference rooms are often dull. When Paris designer Mathieu Lehanneur conceived the Business Playground for Pullman Hotels and Resorts, he asked himself, "How can I design a space that helps people have new ideas and behaviors, as well as smart, efficient meetings?"
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