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Security trends: Elevating safeguards
Today's Facility Manager
Technology advances, escalating security threats, and the desire to put more applications on access control solutions, while also moving these capabilities to mobile devices enabled with near field communications functions, are prompting many organizations to upgrade their infrastructure. Migration to new solutions pays off in a much higher level of security for people and property, plus operational efficiencies and cost-effectiveness, and an improved user experience.
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FM issue: Cool down
Today's Facility Manager
Cool roofs are a simple and effective approach to lowering the cooling energy loads of buildings and for increasing occupant comfort. By reflecting solar radiation, cool roofs reduce the amount of sunlight that is absorbed as heat in a building. As a result, the need to control indoor air temperatures with air conditioning systems decreases, which in turn lowers energy bills.
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Document management — Is it part of an FM's role?
Workplace Law
The role of the facilities manager has steadily increased in scope over the past few years, with responsibilities such as health and safety and sustainability added to the traditional hard and soft services most facilities managers look after. Information and document management are becoming increasingly important to companies, and it's possible that document storage and destruction may be the latest responsibilities to be added to the FM's "to do" list.
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Safe and sound: Ensuring security for your facility
Facility Management Journal
Although the remembrance of man-made wars is generational to our grandparents, our children are now experiencing inconceivable man-made disasters as terrorist attacks across the globe receive increasing coverage from news media outlets. Since these disasters are often launched within facilities, facility management professionals are critical stakeholders in the mitigation of collateral damage, as facility managers are responsible for anticipating both known and unknown variables in their daily professional lives.
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Deadline for US commercial energy code adoption nears
Buildings
According to a U.S. Department of Energy mandate, all states are required to adopt a new commercial energy code that meets or exceeds American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers standard 90.1-2010 by Oct. 18. Many states have complied, and the remaining ones will soon follow.
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Automated facility management: How it works
By Archita Datta Majumdar
The use of emerging technologies in facility management systems has been a boon for bringing about better and more precise delivery of service. One key element in the use of these technologies has been to automate the entire system so there is instant data and information transfer between the various units and faster mobilization of resources. So how exactly does an automated facility management work?
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Hotel chain challenges the FTC's power to sue over data breaches
Inside Counsel
Privacy and data security experts are closely watching a case that for the first time challenges the Federal Trade Commission's authority to sue companies on behalf of consumers for cybersecurity breaches and lax or misleading data security policies. In Federal Trade Commission v. Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, the FTC alleges that Wyndham and its hotel subsidiaries violated Section 5 of the FTC Act, which forbids "unfair or deceptive" practices by not maintaining "reasonable and appropriate" data security protections
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Carbon capture pilot turns CO2 into green building materials
Environmental Leader
Scientists in Australia are trialing a carbon capture system that turns emissions into green building materials, while a consortium led by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland says it has created a more economical and ecological carbon capture system for use at power plants. The Australian CO2 mineral carbonation research pilot plant will be established at the University of Newcastle to trial a new technology that transforms captured CO2 emissions into forms of carbonate rock for potential use as new green building materials in the construction industry.
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Why are some states trying to ban LEED green building standards?
The Atlantic Cities
The amendments and executive orders never actually mention LEED by name. They ban new construction built with public money from seeking any green building certification that's not recognized by something called the American National Standards Institute, or that doesn't treat all certifications for wood products equally. But that's really just a mouthful meant to ensure no more LEED-certified courthouses, state offices or libraries.
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Save energy while improving windows' views
Architect Magazine
Smart windows are getting smarter. Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory recently announced the development of a window coating whose embedded nanoparticles respond to different rates of electrical charges to independently control solar-heat gain and visible-light transmittance. That's a boon for consumers of the niche category of electrochromic window coatings, whose often costly pioneering technology that is currently on the market regulates heat and light as a single unit.
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Yes, the Instagram hotel is a real thing
Refinery29
The newest addition to the new trend of social-media hotels cropping up across the globe is the 1888 Hotel in Sydney, which is an Instagram-themed abode. The entire space is built to cater to the app's users, and it's all truly over the top.
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The new hotel tycoons: Why private equity loves the lodging industry
Forbes
The leveraged buyout industry can't seem to get enough of the lodging industry, acquiring over 4,700 hotels and resorts since 2000 with a total deal value of over $80 billion. U.S. hotel transaction volume reached $16.3 billion in 2012, the highest level since 2007, when total transactions hit their peak at $47 billion. Private equity firms have been at the of center the action, overtaking REITs as the largest acquirer of hotel rooms.
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