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Carpet project could lead to getting directions from the floor
Today's Facility Manager
Royal Philips and Desso have announced a partnership that could entirely transform wayfinding, courtesy of a new flooring solution that combines LED lighting with light transmissive carpet. The product could very well change the way people interact with information and their environment in offices, hotels, conference centers and other public spaces.
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5 LEED tips for existing buildings
By Becky Bicks
Over the past several years, the world has seen a shift toward green thinking. One change that has come with this new sense of environmental friendliness is the creation of structures that use fewer resources and dispel fewer emissions than previously constructed buildings. If you have an existing building that you'd like to see earn a LEED score, then check out this list of five important tips to help make your building more energy efficient and better for the Earth.
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10 reasons roofs should be inspected
Facilities.net
Roofs are often said to be like tires. We only think of them when a problem arises, and we only replace them when we absolutely must. But, when we do think of tires and maintain them regularly, we can extend their useful lives. Similarly, we need to ensure that the roof receives the proper maintenance to increase its useful life.
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ICC online code change submittal deadline moved to Jan. 10
International Code Council
To give you more time to become familiar with cdpACCESS, and because of the year-end holidays, the online code change submittal deadline date has been moved to Jan. 10 from Jan. 6. cdpACCESS—ICC's new, online component of the code development process will be used for the entire cycle of all activities for Group C Code Development April 27–May 4 in Memphis, Tenn.
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The future of facility management: On the move
Automated Buildings
Smartphones and tablets are becoming our primary personal computers — which is a good thing for facilities management. With people in various locations in a building or at several buildings on a daily basis, keeping information on a desktop computer in an office behind a firewall or in binders on a shelf does not give operations personnel the information they need to make decisions in the field.
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Taking advantage of online reviews
By Suzanne Mason
Once upon a time, word of mouth was one of the most important ways to drive business. With the click of a button, a consumer can either drive business to a hotel or drive it away by posting an online review. Recently, at the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show in New York, industry experts from TripAdvisor, Worldhotels and Yelp spoke about the importance of online reviews. And here are a few tips to keep in mind when it comes to online reviews.
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Up on the rooftop: Debate continues — EPDM vs. TPO
Rubber News
When it comes to roofing, one size does not fit all. A plethora of options dictate what kind of membrane, level of insulation and installation method should be used in the construction process. But one choice seems to spark more debate than the rest: The battle of black versus white, as in black EPDM surfaces against white reflective — usually thermoplastic polyolefin or PVC — membranes.
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Low investment, low impact
Facility Management Journal
Low impact development is a sustainable approach to stormwater management for land development or redevelopment projects. These techniques mimic a site's predevelopment characteristics by handling stormwater close to the source rather than conveying runoff to disposal areas, offering significant potential cost savings to the facility managers charged with ensuring efficiency outside of structures as well as in.
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Women-only hotel floors: Insulting or ingenious?
Conde Nast Traveler
We've been hearing a lot lately about hotels that are offering women-only floors. Safety issues aside, it's hard to believe that what businesswomen and female travelers really want is specialized hair products and magazines rather than, say, free Wi-Fi, loaner iPads or personal business concierges to help arrange any meetings they might have.
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Truth in travel — Survey reveals what travelers want
TripAdvisor via Hospitality.net
The world's largest accommodation and traveler survey reveals what travelers want, including pilfered room items, free amenities and cultural offerings. According to the latest TripBarometer survey, it seems like travelers don't always agree with hoteliers.
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5 ways going green is great for buildings
Earth Techling
As the market evolves for green buildings, so should the definition of green buildings. LEED v4.0, the updated USGBC rating system, takes a big step forward in this evolution. In the next decade, buildings will become more grid-responsive, resilient, efficient, energy-positive and networked.
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