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Progress in efficient HVAC technology incremental
FierceEnergy
With HVAC accounting for roughly 40 percent of commercial building energy consumption worldwide and energy costs rising, interest in efficient commercial HVAC systems that exceed minimum efficiency standards and requirements for commercial and institutional buildings is growing.
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Safety first: Ensuring effective drain cleaning
Facility Maintenance Decisions
By implementing a comprehensive inspection and maintenance program emphasizing the importance of equipment safety, and by providing targeted training for front-line technicians, managers can deliver safe and productive drain-cleaning service to facilities.
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Serious play: Computer game facilitates FM learning
Facility Management Journal
Today, traditional forms of teaching are being enriched by e-learning components. As new ways of learning have emerged, facility management education programs have begun to incorporate games as teaching tools. However, there has not been an approach that integrates realistic FM scenarios with three-dimensional visual components into a true computer game — until now.
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Do fake travel reviews really matter?
USA Today
Don't believe everything you read online, especially on user-generated review websites such as TripAdvisor or Yelp, which claim to help you find the best hotels and restaurants. At least that's the standard warning issued repeatedly by travel experts for the last decade. The ratings are rigged by hotel or restaurant operatives, or by unhappy patrons trying to shame a business, they say.
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Why 'cryptic barriers' inhibit energy-efficient buildings
GreenBiz.com
Much time and effort has been invested in addressing the market barriers that inhibit greater investment in energy-efficiency technologies and practices in the buildings sector. In addition to these common and well-known barriers (split incentives, asymmetrical information, higher first costs), a class of "cryptic barriers" has received less attention.
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Travel industry urges Congress to speed up U.S. entry process for travelers
The Hill
The travel industry is urging Congress to invest in speeding up the U.S. entry process for international travelers as an easy route to more robust economic growth. The U.S. Travel Association released a report last Wednesday detailing the severe economic consequences that result from lengthy wait times for millions of travelers arriving in the U.S.
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Open-plan bathrooms: the ultimate hotel horror?
The Guardian
It's a growing trend in luxury hotels, but how would you feel about spending a romantic weekend in a hotel room where the bath, shower and even the toilet, were on display? Is there anything worse?
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Why should customers do business with your hotel?
eHotelier
What makes your hotel organization or business brand so special from all the other hotels in the marketplace? Before answering this question, Brett Patten would like you to evaluate these three examples before you respond.
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Business travel will be more pricey next year
USA Today
Business travelers can expect to pay 5 percent to 6 percent more for hotel rooms next year, according to a New York University study. Each fall, U.S. companies and hotels agree to corporate rates and amenities for the following year and this year, Bjorn Hanson, divisional dean of the Tisch Center for Hospitality at NYU, says the two sides are further apart than normal as negotiations get underway.
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Green buildings need careful management to perform
Eco-Business
Building owners often overlook the operations and management aspects of a green building once it is completed. This is a problem that plagues even the LEED Platinum-rated green buildings, say experts.
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Vendor relationships: Finding the right fit
Facility Management Journal
Facility operations and maintenance require the work of reliable professionals at a reasonable price. These relationships require trust, as you can't always be there in person to make sure your partners are getting the job done. So, how do you know you're choosing a trustworthy, reliable vendor from the start?
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