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The recladding remedy
BUILDINGS
The envelope is your building's primary line of defense, but after so many punctures in its armor, you'll have to call in the cavalry. Some enclosure problems can be addressed with sealants and other simple solutions. But when your problems are becoming persistent, epidemic and particularly costly, it's time to take more heavy duty measures.
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How hotels are engineering a better night's sleep
The Huffington Post
As sleep quality has grown in the public consciousness as a key measure of health, creativity and productivity, the hotel industry has taken note. To the trained eyes of hotel managers, designers and the growing ranks of for-hire sleep consultants, a hotel room contains countless potential distractions that can inhibit sleep and taint a guest's experience — a lumpy mattress, the bright light of a bedside clock, a wall-mounted flat screen TV that the inconsiderate guest in the adjacent room left on all night.
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5 ways owners and facility managers can increase energy efficiency
By Joy Burgess
Whether you are a business owner or a facility manager, maximizing energy efficiency is important to your bottom line. Improving energy efficiency not only helps the environment, but it also provides significant savings. If you are reducing electricity usage or cutting heating, ventilating and air conditioning energy expenses, use the following ideas to improve the sustainability and energy efficiency of your buildings or business.
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Social media inspires hotel design
Hotel News Now
While many hoteliers have adapted to the needs of smartphone users and social media aficionados, some have moved considerably beyond mere social media profiles and free Wi-Fi. A new breed of hotels is being designed with Twitter, Instagram and other social media platforms foremost in mind. Beyond aesthetics, these properties also are putting social media at the very heart of operations.
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Leveraging facility management data
Facility Management Journal
The increased availability of data and technology in today's world promises to support more effective decision-making to reduce facility operational and maintenance costs. Properly balancing the use of technology, process, standards and key performance indicators enables facility managers to capitalize on available data to reduce costs while providing high-quality customer service.
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Energy management trends: The power of plugs
Today's Facility Manager
Energy-efficiency efforts in commercial facilities have historically targeted lighting, heating and cooling systems, water heaters and major appliances. Gone are the days when equipment was simply turned on or off. Instead, modern electronic equipment operates in a variety of power levels, or modes.
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LEED firsts offer energy-slashing ideas
BUILDINGS
Two newly certified LEED projects not only set records, but also provide a model for energy-conscious FMs who want to harness affordable technologies to save dollars.
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3 ways to tell if your hotel's decor is over the top
ehotelier.com
To you, it's your hotel. To your guest, it's their home away from home. Whether your decor is modern, country, cozy, elegant, chic or hip, the central function of your hotel is to make your guests feel warm, welcome, safe and secure.
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Sweet! Bees help bottom line at hotels, airports
CNBC
Bed bugs in hotel rooms are definitely bad for business, but bees on hotel rooftops can be good for the financial and environmental bottom line. Beekeepers are moving millions of honeybees into apiaries at hotels in urban and rural areas, with harvested honey showing up in restaurant dishes, beer and cocktails, spa treatments and in lip balm, soap and other products sold or given to guests.
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5 'deep' questions to unlock efficiency in buildings
GreenBiz.com
There is more pressure than ever for companies to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and control energy costs, and there are more potential paths than ever that companies can take to improve their sustainability performance. So, which sustainability initiatives are perceived to yield the optimum combination of environmental and economic benefit?
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As sun shines on solar industry, power companies fret
National Journal
Compared with the cost of fossil-fuel-generated electricity, solar power isn't cheap. But it's becoming more affordable thanks to state and federal subsidies and competitive leasing and financing options. Add to this the fast-dropping price of photovoltaic panels and solar is starting to look like an increasingly cost-effective option for many Americans.
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