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Lighting and energy
Hospitality Net
Hotels present one of the biggest business challenges when the focus is on saving energy and the complexities of implementing a successful, sustainable efficiency strategy are immense. It's a business that never sleeps and there is a constantly changing footfall of guests with often high levels of staff turnover, which means that it is difficult often to maintain a high level of staff knowledge and practice around energy efficiency.
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Room preventive maintenance
Lodging Engineer
For the preventive maintenance of our guest rooms, where do I start? It is hard to get a good rooms pm program in place and keep it there, but I have found a way that helps me keep up with this program and if staffed properly, can turn the rooms faster than three times a year.
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Look to the restroom to save money and stay healthy
Green Lodging News
When anyone in the hospitality industry considers ways to cut operational costs to save money, chances are the public restroom may not be the first area that comes to mind. However, a few simple changes in restroom fixtures can help to eliminate waste and reduce maintenance costs — all while keeping the restroom clean and sanitary for both customers and employees.
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Building retrofits a gold mine of efficiency gains
Sourceable
Reductions in energy consumption of more than a third can be achieved via retrofitting in three key areas — the adoption of more efficient systems and equipment, improvements to management and operations and encouraging tenants to engage in more sustainable behavior. Upgrades to systems and equipment is the chief area of focus for most energy audits, and what most people would usually associate with a building retrofit directed at improvements to efficiency.
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New survey reveals top hotel trends across the country
AH&LA
The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) and its Foundation recently released the definitive industry survey examining the top trends in the hotel industry, which this year is marked by personal service, healthy lifestyles and convenience. The survey, "The 2014 Lodging Study Hotel Trends: An Inside Look at Popular Amenities and Guest Services" conducted by industry data provider STR, illustrates how hotels are adapting to consumer demands by adjusting their services and amenities to take into account guests' needs.
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Cooling towers to reduce operating costs
FMLink
This is the second part of our series of articles on how implementing LEED® for Existing Buildings: Operation and Maintenance reduces building operating costs. Improved cooling tower operation is one of these opportunities.
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Electric motors in hotels (part 2)
Lodging Engineer
In the first article of this series, we discussed the broad range of machines and equipment at a typical property that rely on electric motors. When you stop to consider the total number of electric motors that are in operation every day at your property, it is apparent electric motors are highly reliable.
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5 ways restaurants can trim energy usage
Restaurant Hospitality
Winters in New England are exceptionally harsh, with a bitter cold that cuts right through you. Restaurants keep their front doors shut tight, opening them only when guests come and go, outdoor furniture is placed in storage and the heat gets turned up in the dining room.
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Water, energy savings tactics in restaurants include Energy Star products, smarter use of dishwasher
Environmental Leader
The ice machine is a standard piece of equipment in restaurants, but it can also be a money drain. Bad filters, age, and even the type of machine can be a cause of inefficiency. Switching your ice machine over to an energy efficient Energy Star machine and adopting energy conscious systems may be a solution to high utility bills in your restaurant.
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Ways to reduce your dead inventory
FacilityDude
Keeping track of your facility's budget involves more than just maintenance management and capital forecasting. If you aren't extending your budgeting efforts to your supply closet, there's a good chance you're losing money without even realizing it.
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Learning from new very low energy buildings
Youris.com
A holistic approach is necessary to successfully plan and construct energy efficient buildings. But implementing best practices elsewhere is not a straightforward task. To tackle climate change, new buildings are required to consume as little energy as possible. That's because, in Europe, buildings are responsible for about 40 percent of energy consumption.
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Eliminating parking headaches
Facility Management Journal
Parking facilities are a crucial element of any building or complex. They often serve as de-facto lobbies, providing the first experience of a building to visitors and tenants. Parking facilities can therefore shape an individual's impression of an entire complex: inconvenient or unpleasant parking facilities may sour people's feelings toward a building, while clean, safe and convenient parking can make that same complex seem more attractive.
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