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As 2013 comes to a close, NAHLE would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the NAHLE eNewsletter a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 7.


Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay installs innovative HVAC system using Heat Pipe Technology
NAHLE
From June 19: The Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, in Tampa, Fla., was recently faced with a problem that is common to large facilities trying to cool and dehumidify air for guest rooms and amenity areas. Adding to this challenge, the project consulting engineer and building managers were seeking an HVAC solution that cooled and dehumidified the air in an economical way, with savings far beyond those offered by contemporary, high-efficiency HVAC systems. In this case, the Grand Hyatt implemented a solution from Heat Pipe Technology, a Berkshire Hathaway company.
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Fire sprinkler bill introduced in Congress
Occupational Health & Safety
From June 19: Two U.S. senators, Tom Carper, D-Del., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, introduced the Fire Safety Incentive Act of 2013. The bill is intended to encourage owners of commercial buildings, nursing homes and other structures to install fire sprinkler retrofits. Commercial building owners currently must depreciate fire sprinkler retrofits over a 39-year period.
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Why do hotels keep renovating?
Hotel News Now
From June 25: When a hotel announces new ownership, to support its new identity and brand integrity, a flagship renovation is not far behind. Renovation plans are announced almost daily. Is it out of necessity or is it the current marketing vogue?
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Hotel renovation is back — Doing more with less
4Hoteliers
From Sept. 3: As the hotel industry climbs out of survival mode after the recession, owners are faced with facilities overdue for a freshening. In addition, many of the new transactions require a Property Improvement Plan, which includes renovation as a key component and many new owners find significant upside potential with targeted repositioning of the asset.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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    Women-only hotel floors: Insulting or ingenious? (Conde Nast Traveler)
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5 ways going green is great for buildings (Earth Techling)

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Bed bugs: Prevent and eradicate
Today's Facility Manager
From Aug. 20: Although bed bugs have in the past been typically associated with residential environments, these hard to control pests become even more challenging when they infest commercial facilities. Due in part to the large size of most facilities, as well as the numerous hiding places such structures offer bed bugs, management of this pest can be extremely difficult.
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Low-hanging fruit: Energy savings made easy
Facilities.net
From Aug. 20: Where are the major areas in which managers can have an immediate impact on the condition, comfort, and energy efficiency of institutional and commercial facilities? Inspecting and auditing the following areas and systems can help managers and their staffs identify potential problems that offer the greatest opportunities for savings.
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The ROI of great hotel Wi-Fi
4Hoteliers
From Aug. 20: You already know you need to improve the Wi-Fi in your hotel; for the last six years there have been reports on top of reports about insufficient Wi-Fi being a hotel's Achilles' heel, and surveys have shown that guests' demand for a great Wi-Fi experience is at the top of the ladder on the list of preferred amenities. Here's what you should already know, but what's different is the case for your return on investment.
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High-tech cigarettes pose questions for facility managers
Today's Facility Manager
From Aug. 27: One newer technology facility managers may find impacting their facilities procedures soon are e-cigarettes. Is it smoking when someone uses one? Or is it not smoking? That is the question!
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Designs on the future — Big ideas become reality at Marriott Hotels' new 'underground' Innovation Lab
Marriott
From June 19: Marriott Hotels, the flagship brand of Marriott International, Inc., recently announced the opening of a new 10,000-square-foot Innovation Lab located beneath the company's headquarters in Bethesda, Md. The Innovation Lab offers rapid prototyping with instant feedback capabilities, bird's-eye views from Internet-enabled cameras and multiple avenues for customer participation.
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18 things hotels could do to be truly brilliant
Conde Nast Traveler
From From June 25: Marriott has invited consumers to submit their "game-changing" ideas for hotel improvement to its Travel Brilliantly microsite, and some of them are quite innovative. Before hotels start implementing such futuristic ideas, though, it would be nice if they could get the basics right.
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