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The 2015 hotel scene — The rise of mobile hotel check-in and room entry systems
Hospitality Net
Slowly catching on to the latest technology trends, traditional hotels are now also wanting to offer their guests more technology, boost their online booking rates and/or update their image. In that respect, according to hetras' managing director Philip von Ditfurth, "the best technology is the kind that guests don't even notice is there and just does its job."
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Sustainable building design: Managing the risks
Construction Manager
Construction professionals and their insurers both have an interest in ensuring that inherent risks in building construction are managed in the best way possible, to prevent errors resulting in additional costs, delays to the project and costly contract disputes. But what happens when the project requires cutting edge designs and new types of building materials? How can a construction professional manage the risks when using relatively untested products and methods?
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Water conservation: The rising tide
Today's Facility Manager
Water has always been relatively inexpensive, even in regions of water stress and scarcity where one would think its price would be higher. However, water and wastewater costs have been rising in the past decade at an alarming rate — 2.8 times higher than electricity costs.
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Green building technology you'll never see but can experience now
TechCrunch
Picture an office that cleans up after itself, improves indoor air quality with nanotech-formulated paint and responds to sunlight by magically adjusting window tint, all while fighting climate change. Then imagine entering your workspace to find your desk light on and the temperature just as you like it. These innovations are already at work in some modern buildings, in the shape of the networked ecosystem of "intelligent" building equipment and devices.
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Different color LED light influences layer production
World Poultry
A study at the Federal University of Grande Dourados, Brazil aimed at comparing the performance of commercial layers subjected to lighting using different LED colors, and standard incandescent lamps. The study was carried out inside a layer house, which was divided into isolated environments in order to prevent any influence from the neighboring treatments.
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Critical questions when specifying power tools
FacilitiesNet
When it comes time to specify power tools, no question is a dumb question. Front-line technicians rely on a range of tools — drills, saws, wrenches, grinders, rotary hammers and screwdrivers, among them — to perform daily activities in institutional and commercial facilities. Maintenance and engineering managers specifying these products face increasing challenges in staying abreast of changes in power tools related to battery life, ergonomics, durability and safety.
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The sustainability struggle
Facility Management Journal
A study conducted in 2008 and published in Industrial Distribution said a lot about sustainable issues when it came to distributors of all types of goods. According to the study, most distributors indicated there simply was not a strong demand from their customers for green products. Six years later, it appears the "tree hugger" perception is long gone, but this does not mean it is all good news for advocates of sustainable practices.
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Be sure snow removal is done right
Property Casualty 360
Winter officially starts Dec. 21, but many areas of the country have already dealt with several feet of snow and ice. Be sure to deal with snow removal properly to avoid the risk of lawsuits.
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Green at work — Tips and suggestions
Healthy Facilities Institute
Increasing sustainability of a workplace involves taking steps which result in conserving resources and energy and protecting the indoor air quality. Not all of the suggestions listed below are feasible or achievable for all businesses. The list is intended to serve as a starting point for conversations regarding the greening of the office.
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3 ways green building saves money
Environmental Leader
Green building saves business owners money, says Mike Schoenecker, vice president at Winkelman Building Corp. In an article on LinkedIn, Schoenecker outlines three ways green building saves money. First, using green materials saves money on energy and water costs. “Experts report that businesses that pay the initial 2 percent increase for green materials as opposed to traditional building materials (on average) will recoup this initial outlay by as much as six to seven times,” he writes.
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