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Is your facility’s evacuation plan in compliance?

BUILDINGS You can’t rest easy just because you have an evacuation plan. Can you find it at a moment’s notice? Have you updated it lately and practiced it? The threats that require evacuation of a building are many and varied: fire or release of environmental contaminants, weather, criminal threats and building equipment failures. Not all [...]

Smart buildings: Predictive maintenance is crucial via Maintenance represents the bulk of the costs occurring in a building’s life. How can the advent of smart technologies lessen this financial burden? And are citizens ready to deal with the innovations? These are some of the questions we asked Antonio Disi, expert in energy efficiency, researcher at ENEA, the Italian National [...]

House Votes to Alter ADA

FacilitiesNet The Americans with Disabilities Act is in the cross-hairs. The ADA, which became law in 1990, is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life. ADA’s Title III prohibits private places of public accommodation — from discriminating against individuals with disabilities. READ MORE

Deploy drones for envelope inspections

Buildings Inspecting your building envelope and roof is no easy feat. The taller your building, the more dangerous it is to gain access to the upper levels. Plus, the time-consuming nature of the work makes it expensive, especially if you have to send multiple inspectors to the roof. But a new technology is changing the [...]

Host Hotels to buy 3 Hyatt-managed hotels for $1B

MarketWatch Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. HST+0.39% has agreed to acquire three Hyatt-managed hotels for $1 billion. The three hotels under contract for acquisition are the 301-room Andaz Maui in Hawaii, 668-room Grand Hyatt San Francisco and 454-room Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Florida, the lodging real estate investment trust said late Wednesday. The contract comes with [...]

The biggest innovations in the energy efficient sector

Energy Manager Today HVAC, LED and lighting innovations have helped propel businesses toward unprecedented efficiency savings. According Forester Media’s white paper, “Efficiency on Multiple Levels,” the biggest change in energy efficiency is in capturing the energy savings from behavioral, optimized and attenuated devices. Here’s a breakdown of the drivers behind the innovation change within the [...]

Snøhetta designs the Arctic Circle’s 1st energy net-positive hotel

Architectural Digest Adventurers, this one is for you. AD100 architects Snøhetta and local partner Vitar AS have announced their latest project in Norway: A highly sustainable hotel with a 360-degree view of the Svartisen glacier. Designed as a circular extension of the Holandsfjord shoreline, Svart is the Arctic Circle’s first energy net-positive hotel and also [...]

What hotel renovations reveal about hotel trends

Construction Dive A hotel renovation has a unique end goal — generate enough appeal so potential guests want to take up residence, whether that’s for a day or a week or more. The major hotel chains are refreshing their units with a wide array of features and amenities patrons now expect, like work spaces, upscale [...]

How will the new tax law impact facilities?

Buildings The recently passed tax reform has many individuals and businesses wondering exactly what will change in 2018. Corporations are expected to save considerably under the new tax law, but what does that mean for the facilities industry? The only certainty is that the exact consequences of tax reform will reveal themselves in time. But [...]

Hilton experiments with the hotel room of the future

USA Today he room of the future is being mapped out in a space tucked away near the lobby of a suburban hotel in Northern Virginia. Hilton’s new Innovation Gallery at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner is filled with products that may soon find their way into a hotel guestroom. They include an earpiece that [...]

Hotel room of the future spotted at CES 2018

By Lark Gould What’s in store for the hotel room of the future? According to the pulse of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, the word is plenty. CES 2018 was mostly about the Internet of Things — the connectivity between things that can be managed not as much by one cool app or one responsive [...]

California proposes hotel ‘panic button’ bill to protect workers from assaults, sex harassment

CNBC Two California state lawmakers on Jan. 3 introduced a bill that would require hotels to provide housekeepers with a “panic button” to prevent violent assaults and sexual harassment. Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, D-Torrance, jointly introduced the so-called hotel maid “panic button” bill with Assemblyman Bill Quirk, D-Hayward. If it gets passed, it would make California [...]

HVAC systems tested by frigid temperatures

FacilitiesNet Heating and cooling systems in institutional and commercial facilities are essential for ensuring the comfort of both occupants and visitors. While these systems operate for most of their performance lives in a comfortable range of temperatures, that is not always the case. For maintenance and engineering managers in charge of the performance and reliability [...]

10 tips to make a building energy efficient this winter

Proud Green Building Winter is here. Based on the most recent forecast of heating degree-days from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, temperatures this winter are expected to be colder than last winter across the country.  READ MORE

Make it click: Embracing available data to improve FM

IFMA’s FMJ Magazine An FM’s inner geek cannot help but get excited when considering the technological capabilities available at our fingertips in today’s facilities. But the mood is quickly dashed with the realization that while such power and efficiency lie at our doorstep, most facility organizations have yet to truly embrace or leverage them.  READ MORE

3 tips for daylighting integration

Buildings Implementing natural light in your workspace isn’t always easy, especially in an existing building. Bringing in the most daylight possible sounds like a good idea until it brings solar heat gain and glare with it, driving up your cooling-related energy consumption and potentially prompting occupants to cover the window in the name of avoiding [...]

Implementing sprinkler systems for the modern age

Planning & Building Control Today Following the Grenfell Tower disaster, the fire and building management industries have seen an increased focus on sprinklers, their role in fire suppression and the importance of regular maintenance. The London Fire Brigade has recommended that all high-rise residential buildings should be fitted with them, and the commercial sector is [...]

Anti-Microbial Option Can Reduce Risk of Legionnaires’ Disease

Facilitiesnet A new Center for Disease Control and Prevention study involving 196 cooling towers nationwide found that 84 percent contained Legionella DNA, indicating that the dangerous bacteria that causes a severe, even fatal type of pneumonia were present or had been at some point. This means the real question is not “if there will be [...]

Marriott CEO believes there are limits to what hotels can do about security after Las Vegas

Skift Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson thinks hotel security is a complex and “tough” issue, and he has no intention of trying to ban gun-show attendees or licensed-gun owners in right-to carry states. Speaking at the Yahoo Finance All Markets event in New York City Wednesday, Sorenson addressed hotel security, given the recent Las Vegas attack [...]

Hotels face urgent security questions after Las Vegas massacre

Forbes Many questions still surround the attack on the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on October 1, from the motive of the mass murderer to the actual timeline of events, particularly within the Mandalay Bay Hotel. But the full range of consequences to the hospitality and travel industries is just beginning to be [...]