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5 tips for a successful hotel renovation
eHotelier
All hotels will require some form of renovation work at one stage or another, whether it is small repair work or a large scale project. Most hotels cannot afford to close down during this time and need to find a way to stay profitable. One of the most difficult parts of renovating a hotel is keeping guests happy during the process.
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Benefits of integrating lighting and HVAC controls
Today's Facility Manager
Facility directors looking for ways to improve building performance, reduce energy consumption, and shrink their structure's environmental footprint would do well to focus first on their lighting, cooling, space heating, and ventilation systems. Depending on building type and other factors, these systems account for 60-70 percent of a typical building's total energy consumption, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
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Illuminating new lighting trends for facility managers
Facility Dude
Lighting is one of the most important aspects of facility management to have a handle on. More than almost any other system or element of a building, your facility's lighting solution affects almost every part of your operations. Of course, lighting fixtures are also a key part of a facility's overall energy efficiency strategy.
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LEED 2009 registration extended
BUILDINGS
The deadline to register projects under the LEED 2009 rating system has been extended by the USGBC to Oct. 31, 2016. While the original date for LEED 2009 registration to close was set for June, 2014, the extension will give LEED users and members of the green building industry more time to prepare for LEED v4, which includes significant updates and has been on the market for nearly a year.
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Automated restrooms … friend or foe?
Today's Facility Manager
From the facility professional's standpoint, automated restroom technology (in addition to elevating the facility's image) are designed to conserve resources by pre-determining the amount of water, hand soap, energy, or paper towels each person uses in those areas. This is a solid benefit that many, many facilities are taking advantage of by using this type of equipment.
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The 'green' versus 'lean' debate
Green Lodging News
In the last few years, we have seen a growing trend towards minimal decoration and a "less is more" focus, particularly during the recession. This was clearly based on a belief that money spent on office plants is wasted. The long standing lean philosophy, where it is argued that clean work surfaces create a better working environment, is dispelled unambiguously in a new paper published in the American Psychological Association's Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, and authored by leading academics from the Universities of Exeter (U.K.), Cardiff (U.K.), Queensland (Australia) and Groningen (Netherlands).
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Ebola-readiness advice for facility managers
FacilitiesNet
The Oct. 8 death of an Ebola patient at a Dallas hospital and the virus' infection of two nurses there challenged American confidence that, "It can't happen here" and "It's nothing I need to worry about." With reports of the disease making headlines, most of the focus has gone on healthcare facilities, yet facility managers responsible for other types of facilities may also be looking for guidance about what they can or should be doing — just in case.
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Strategic facility planning: Now more important than ever
Facility Management Journal via FMLink
In this time of economic downturn, it is difficult to think about strategic planning. Most everyone's focus is on surviving the storm. Organizations continue to cut costs — again. They're looking for new business and creating innovative ways to package and deliver existing products and services. They're offering new products and services. They're rethinking everything.
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Better practices for snow removal and de-icing
Today's Facility Manager
As cold weather descends on the nation, the Process Cleaning for Healthy Schools group is offering tips for choosing greener ways to de-ice concrete walkways, including procedures for newer installations.
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The expanding scope of the infrared imagers
FacilitiesNet
Gone are the days when using infrared imaging cameras in institutional and commercial facilities was limited to one or two technicians in the maintenance and engineering department. "In the past, having an infrared camera was a tremendous investment," says Paul Sheets of Fluke Corp. "A facility would buy a camera (and) keep it under lock and key, and frankly because of that, it wasn't used quite as often. But over the last couple of years, infrared cameras are now priced at a point where they have become a tool that everyone has in their bag."
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