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LEED v4 launches, 122 beta projects use green building rating
Environmental Leader
The U.S. Green Building Council says the newest version of its green building program — LEED v4 — ramps up global adoption of sustainable building and development practices by creating universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria. Already, 122 beta projects from around the world are using LEED v4.
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National building standards urged for US tornado protection
Reuters via Chicago Tribune
National standards should be set for building construction, storm shelters and emergency communications to reduce death and damage from tornados, a federal agency that studied the deadly 2011 tornado in Joplin, Mo., recommended recently. The National Institute of Standards and Technology said 135 of the 161 deaths from the May 22, 2011, tornado resulted from building failure.
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9 best practices for hotels on Twitter
Hospitality Net
On the heels of a wildly successful public offering and with over 230 million monthly active users, Twitter has emerged as an important marketing and guest service channel for hotels. But the social network has a distinct vernacular that can be confusing and intimidating.
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Go green: Implementing 5 low-cost hospitality products in the hotel room
By Stephen Kirby
According to the 2013 Global Business Traveler Survey published by Timetric, 47 percent of business travelers prioritize "green" hotels when on the road. Environmentally-conscious, well-informed travelers expect hotels to do more than just provide a comfortable place to stay. They want to know and see that the hotel they have chosen implements energy-efficient practices and is eco-friendly in many ways. Making sure guests can easily recognize green products and efforts at a hotel is as simple as making a few small, inexpensive changes.
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Understanding new technology: Tankless water heaters
Facility Maintenance Decisions
A growing number of institutional and commercial facilities are tapping into the potential benefits of tankless water-heating technology in an effort to meet hot-water demands, minimize energy use and maximize savings. To deliver on the potential of these products, maintenance and engineering managers need to address a range of issues before making a decision on whether the tankless technology is appropriate for their facilities.
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Making the case for improvements
Facility Management Journal
Facility managers know that implementing building improvements can save money, improve occupant safety and meet corporate objectives. Financial analysis can help facility professionals make the business case for updates with top managers and the C-suite by translating opportunities into clear economic terms.
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Hoteliers look to innovation
Hotel News Now
After the economic recession at the turn of the century, hoteliers looked to innovation by way of Internet distribution to bring demand back. A little more than a decade later, hoteliers are looking at innovation to regain control of that same distribution and thus save an industry that is on the brink of succumbing to terminal profit loss.
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Pool lift litigation proliferates. Why enterprise-wide compliance is best solution
Hotel Online
It has been almost a year since the Department of Justice's ADA requirement for fixed or permanent pool lifts in "places of public accommodation" has been in effect. Now a fact (and cost) of doing business in the hospitality industry, many clients and friends in the industry are asking, "what's the result of all this activity, what's going on now?"
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5 ways buildings have reached a 'green' tipping point
GreenBiz.com
As the U.S. green building movement enters its third decade, the market has reached a tipping point. The 2013 global Energy Efficiency Indicator research study of 3,000 facility management executives indicates that only 5 percent had certified a green building before 2012.
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