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Meetings and seating evolve with technology
Hotel Management
In traditional meeting rooms, the biggest new change to design is a result of the increased emphasis on electrical outlet placement. According to Adam Kubryk, director of sales and marketing for Global Allies, hotels are looking for a seating setup that takes outlets into account (think closeby), while allowing the room to be configured properly for video calls and digital projections.
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Smart locks might be the future of building security
Marlin
High-tech security systems are gaining in popularity, especially as small businesses look at recent examples of high-profile break-ins like the one at the White House. Sometimes, nuts-and-bolts security isn't enough. Thieves can pick locks, use windows or other entrances and force entry a number of ways.
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Hotel seating designers focus on comfort
Hotel Management
Though not a novel concept, only recently have hotels gone for comfort over beauty when it comes to seating. According to Mitchell Gold, co-founder and chairman of furniture manufacturer Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, the need for material that can withstand high-traffic areas while still looking good is at an all-time high, especially for lobbies and meeting rooms.
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How to determine smart building benefits, costs, ROI
Environmental Leader
Smart building technology can be expensive, so building owners should look at several areas to achieve the best benefits and highest return on their investment, according to HPAC Engineering. In smart buildings, energy savings are tied to energy information systems, which are used to store, analyze and display building energy data.
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Alternative building certification popularity grows
BUILDINGS
While overall interest in third-party green building certification systems is increasing, the number of executives planning to seek certification under other rating systems nearly doubled, according to a survey conducted by Turner Construction. The 2014 Green Building Market Barometer shows that 6 percent of respondents said their organization would be extremely or very likely to seek LEED certification if they were undertaking a green building project, with 43 percent saying they would be very likely to seek certification under an alternative green building system such as ENERGY STAR or Green Globes — though the options were not mutually exclusive.
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Ready or not, here comes winter!
Facility Dude
An arctic blast has hit the U.S. — and that means problems with frozen pipes. Here are a few questions to ask yourself to be sure you are ready for winter.
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Energy-saving impacts of window film
Facility Management Journal
You don't often find an energy-efficiency investment that will positively affect the performance and energy usage of several building systems at once. But recent technology advances have made window film a viable option that holds this promise for commercial buildings. Although you may not be able to get rid of your windows (and you probably don't want to), there are solutions that will help improve their energy efficiency without replacing them — even if the windows are decades old.
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Watch your step: Staying safe in the workplace
Vantage Point
Preparation for winter starts early in most offices, with contingency plans and telecommuting policies already mapped out and bags of salt waiting in reserve. But with nearly half of the U.S. seeing significant amounts of snow before the turkey's even carved this year, it's time to slow down — literally — and go back to the basics of keeping workers safe from slips, trips and falls in the workplace.
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Staffing strategies for effective CMMS operation
FacilitiesNet
A CMMS that is properly loaded with the equipment data, maintenance requirements and repair requests also can help managers estimate staffing requirements for properly operating a facility. An effective mix of trades is essential for efficiently operating a building and maintaining equipment in the highest possible state of readiness.
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Employee retention, recruitment key benefits of sustainability initiatives
BUILDINGS
The benefits of sustainability projects may extend even further than reduced material use or energy consumption. A new survey shows that employee retention and recruitment are boosted by sustainable practices as well. The study, conducted by Indiana University, shows that nearly all surveyed companies receive boosts in employee recruitment and worker motivation after implementing sustainable practices, with the researchers pointing to the influx of younger workers to explain the increased interest in business sustainability practices.
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