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Super-efficient rooftops reduce costs by 41 percent
U.S. Department of Energy via Product Design & Development
New super-efficient rooftop units that heat and cool commercial buildings offer significant energy and dollar savings, say scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. They found that the devices reduce energy costs an average of about 41 percent compared to units in operation today.
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Technology changing floor covering industry
FacilitiesNet
Of all building materials, floor coverings of all kinds are changing most, and attitudes about floor coverings are changing, as well. The green movement has many managers reconsidering floor coverings as they look for alternatives to the most common products, such as carpet and vinyl.
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New tools for whole building life cycle assessment
TriplePundit
Globally, there's an important shift in what it means for building materials and products to qualify as "green." Familiar single-attribute proxies like recycled content, regional availability and low-VOC are gradually progressing toward more transparent environmental and health performance disclosures across a product or project's entire life cycle.
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Apps cater to rise in last-minute hotel booking
CNN
According to market research firm PhoCusWright, last year 7 percent of hotel bookings were made via tablet and mobile phones (a figure 12 times larger than it was in 2010). By 2014, the number is expected to jump to 20 percent. According to a Harris International poll last year, 70 percent of those bookings are for same-day deals.
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Designers see hotels as blank canvas
Hotel News Now
Art has become central to hotel design, according to a panel of designers at a recent event. The designers said the use of art has become a global phenomenon. "A hotel is now a stage, a canvas," said Shawn Basler, principal with Perkins Eastman. "Art allows the hotel to change its mood and environment through the day, whether it be in a restaurant, at the pool or elsewhere."
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Proposed changes to ICC accessibility standards available for review
International Code Council
The first Public Review Draft of proposed changes to the ICC A117.1-2009 Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities Standard is available for public comment until Dec. 9. The International Building Code references the ICC A117.1 Standard and specifies the extent to which a building must be accessible.
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Study: Hotels that go green gain no booking advantage
Los Angeles Times
Going green may be a hot trend in the hospitality industry, but hotels that earn environmental certificates do not have an advantage when it comes to attracting guests. The finding comes from a study published recently by Cornell University’s Center for Hospitality Research.
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Disaster preparation: Helpful tips for businesses and facility managers
By Joy Burgess
A recent survey sponsored by the American Red Cross and FedEx showed that approximately 70 percent of small businesses do not expect to experience a disaster, and half of those surveyed do not have an emergency response plan in place. Surviving any kind of disaster requires preparation, but many businesses and facility managers fail to put an emergency plan in place. To ensure the survival of your business, here are several helpful disaster preparedness tips you can follow.
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Homes-as-lodging trend growing fast, but not without controversy
Travel Weekly
Under the home-based vacation model, clients of HomeAway, Airbnb and similar services rent out part or all of their own homes as temporary lodging, competing with the traditional hospitality industry. The practice has been controversial in a number of cities. Critics note that vacationers who stay in home-based vacation rentals do not pay the local taxes hotels pay.
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FAA allowing most electronic device use throughout flights
CNN
Airplane travelers will soon be able to watch videos and play games with their electronic devices throughout their entire flight — and not just above a certain altitude — the Federal Aviation Administration said in a long-anticipated announcement. A ban on using cellphones for voice communication remains in effect.
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The makings of a modern hotel
CNN
When it comes to travel, is that a new generation of travelers, known collectively as either millennials or Gen Y and typically referring to anyone born after 1980, now represent the fastest growing segment in travel spending. Here are five of the millennial generation's top characteristics and the steps hotels are taking to accommodate them:
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