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More hotels are going green, and not just to save water or money
Los Angeles Times
In the hotel industry, being green sometimes means ripping out the greenery. The Intercontinental Los Angeles Century City Hotel is removing draping ivy plants from the balconies of all 361 rooms, replacing them with drought-tolerant succulents. The Courtyard by Marriott in Torrance, California, tore out 900 square feet of turf and flower beds, swapping them for native California grass to help cut water use by 15 percent.
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Service and clean your equipment to make the most of the holidays
Foodservice Equipment & Supplies
For many foodservice operators, the holiday season is one of the most profitable times of the year. During such a busy time, a broken piece of equipment can be a bigger-than-normal problem, both in terms of a kitchen's smooth operation and in terms of a restaurant's bottom line.
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New OSHA reporting requirements begin Jan. 1, 2015
Today's Facility Management
Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, there will be a change to what covered employers are required to report to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Employers will now be required to report all work-related fatalities within eight hours and all in-patient hospitalizations, amputations and losses of an eye within 24 hours of finding about the incident.
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The facility manager title varies as much as their duties
iOffice
Between the rise of millennials entering the workforce, the impending retirement of baby boomers, technological growth and energy efficiency initiatives, there are many moving parts in running a successful business. Executives look to their facilities manager to develop a workspace that meets these growing needs while still realizing a growing bottom line. These evolving needs shift almost daily, making the facility management profession both unique and influential.
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2014 Green Building Standard released
BUILDINGS
The new version of ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1 has been released, with the 2014 edition incorporating significant changes from the 2011 update. Drawing on contributions from collaborating agencies, the new standard incorporates additional mandates for site sustainability, water-use efficiency, energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality and the building's impact on the atmosphere, materials and resources.
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Keep your weight room floors in shape
Facility Dude
Gyms and weight rooms see perhaps some of the most intense use in the facility world. Between heavy foot traffic day in and day out, wayward sweat from athletes and the clang and bang of free weights and plate-loaded machines, the flooring is undoubtedly the workhorse of your fitness club.
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How to turn your restaurant into an energy
Green Lodging News
Hotel bars and restaurants operate, at least in terms of energy efficiency, much the same as free-standing commercial restaurant operations. Small energy inefficiencies add up in the same ways that they do in commercial operations. When you create any personal budget, the first thing that you do is look at how much you're currently spending. Saving energy in your commercial kitchen begins the same way: Know what your energy expenditures are.
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UV systems can help restore optimal HVAC operation
FacilitiesNet
Many facilities are using ultraviolet light to help improve indoor air quality and reduce energy costs in buildings. Here, author Loren Snyder discusses how UV technology in HVAC came to be used and one of the two common UV system types available to clear systems of microorganism: coil systems.
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USGBC announces extension of LEED 2009
Construction & Demolition Recycling
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that it will allow Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) users to register projects under the LEED 2009 rating system until Oct. 31, 2016. The original date for LEED 2009 registration to close was June 15, 2015. Extending to October 2016 gives LEED users and members of the green building industry additional time to prepare for LEED v4, the latest version of LEED, which features increased rigor and multiple updates, the USGBC says in a press release.
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Have green building standards grown too cumbersome?
Sourecable
Thanks partly to LEED and Energy Star requirements, green building in the U.S. continues to grow. According to the U.S. Green Building Council, green building involves "the planning, design, construction, and operations of buildings with several central, foremost considerations: energy use, water use, indoor environmental quality, material section and the building's effects on its site."
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