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Be on the lookout for these 5 plumbing nightmares
Buildings
Are your water bills creeping up? Your plumbing may be suffering from undetected leaks that drive up utility charges and may cause repair needs. Inspect your facility for telltale signs of these five potential leaks.
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Hotel innovators: What's taking so long?
Hotel News Now
If there's been one constant in the push-pull relationship between hotel suppliers and third-party distributors during the past few years, it's that hoteliers continue to be outpaced in the innovation department. So how can hoteliers continue to offer consumers the booking options they want while slowly gaining back control of their own inventory? Over and over the answer provided to me has been: innovation.
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ICC is fixing serious problems
PM Engineer
The ICC knows it has a serious problem. Next year, the ICC switches to an online voting process for code changes. Many within ICC are placing high hopes in the new voting process.
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Hotels contend with a surge in flash travel
Newsweek
Market research firm PhoCusWright projects that by 2014, 20 percent of hotel bookings will be made by tablet and mobile phones. Projections like this make the flash travel app a hot market, and 2013 has been their year.
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Casting light on cost cutting
Facility Management Journal
A tubular daylighting device is a relatively simple concept — a dome at the roof level captures sunlight, a reflective tube channels it and a diffuser lens spreads the light evenly. However, leveraging daylighting offers a wealth of benefits, including decreased energy use, enhanced tenant satisfaction and cost savings.
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Colored plastic doubles solar cell power
MIT Technology Review
A thin sheet of dyed plastic could cut the cost of solar power, particularly for applications that require solar cells to be highly efficient and flexible. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are using the plastic to gather sunlight and concentrate it onto a solar cell made of gallium arsenide in an experimental setup. Doing so doubled the power output of the cells.
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Why you're missing out on Chinese tourism spending
Skift
Rising Chinese tourism has been a much-ballyhooed topic in the travel industry lately. At this point, we've all heard how due to rising disposable incomes and relaxed travel rules, China's outbound tourism will skyrocket to more than 100 million Chinese people next year, how China has overtaken both the U.S. and Germany in tourism spending at $102 billion last year, and how important it is to make sure your business is China ready.
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Underwater hotel rooms: Is down becoming the new up?
BBC News
Instead of penthouse suites, the most exclusive accommodation in the house may soon be beneath the surface of the sea. The idea of sleeping with the fish some distance beneath the waves may sound dangerous but the technology needed to build underwater rooms is well-established and proven.
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Green building achieves progress in critical areas
Sourceable
Following over two decades of flourishing development, the green building market has reached a critical stage of progress in a number of key areas while also expanding into others. The 2013 global Energy Efficiency Indicator research study, which surveyed 3,000 facility management executives, attests to the impressive gains made by the green building sector since its inception.
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Radisson launches mobile game to simulate real-life hotel management
Radisson via Hospitality Net
Radisson has taken the combination of hotel and technology to the next level with the recent launch of its new mobile game, Rad Hotel. The interactive application challenges players to design and operate simulated hotels to further generate guest satisfaction and ultimately grow their business.
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