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Energy efficiency: The impact of building regulations and energy management systems

Utilities Currently, just over half the world’s population lives in cities, but that is expected to rise to 68 percent by 2050. As a consequence, world energy demand is set to increase by more than 50 percent by 2050, according to predictions by the U.S. Energy Information Administration — resulting in even higher energy consumption.  READ [...]

How to apply the best healthcare design principles to hotel guestrooms

Hotel Executive We’ve all learned a lot more about what it means for something to be “clean” over the last several months. When we’re talking about spaces, there are three levels of environmental cleaning: clean, sanitize and disinfect. The first level is “clean.” Clean is best described as cleaning with soap and water to remove [...]

Revisions to the life safety code

ASHE Health Facilities Management Health care organizations are currently required to comply with the 2012 edition of the National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code® (LSC), as adopted in July 2016 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). However, there have been three subsequent editions of the LSC published since the [...]

Marriott selects Tony Capuano as its next CEO

Washington Business Journal Tony Capuano, a longtime executive at Marriott International Inc., is the company’s choice to succeed Arne Sorenson as the Bethesda hospitality giant’s chief executive. Marriott made the announcement Tuesday morning, about a week after Sorenson died following a battle with pancreatic cancer.  READ MORE

AHLA STATEMENT ON UPDATED CDC VACCINATION GUIDELINES INCLUDING HOTEL WORKERS IN “PHASE 1C”

AHLA The following is a statement from Chip Rogers, President and CEO of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recent update to prioritize “Traveler Accommodation” under the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Categories of Essential Workers.  READ MORE

How safe is it to ride an elevator during the pandemic?

FM Link Otis Worldwide Corporation, a global provider of elevator and escalator manufacturing, installation and service, recently released the results of a three-month academic study that investigates how elevator airflow affects potential exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that causes Covid-19, and provides a science-based approach for how to mitigate that exposure in elevators.      [...]

How safe is it to ride an elevator during the pandemic?

FM Link Otis Worldwide Corporation, a global provider of elevator and escalator manufacturing, installation and service, recently released the results of a three-month academic study that investigates how elevator airflow affects potential exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that causes Covid-19, and provides a science-based approach for how to mitigate that exposure in elevators.      [...]

Robots are disinfecting hotels during the pandemic. It’s the tip of a hospitality revolution.

The Washington Post -  One day last summer, the newest member of YOTEL Boston’s housekeeping team pulled up to work in a big crate. “It was an imposing box,” recalled general manager Trish Berry, who watched as a team of robotics professionals then unpacked the employee, a tall cleaning bot nicknamed “Vi-YO-Let.”  READ MORE Yotel Boston’s [...]

ASHRAE offers HVAC guidelines for reducing airborne infectious aerosol exposure

FMLink -  Global building technology society ASHRAE’s Epidemic Task Force has released new guidance to address control of airborne infectious aerosol exposure. According to the group, an infectious aerosol is a suspension in air of fine particles or droplets containing pathogens such as the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that causes COVID-19, that can cause infections when inhaled. [...]

Creating more resilient health care facilities: Steps to rapidly prepare for a winter COVID surge

IFMA’s FMJ Magazine -  As health care facility managers navigate transitions from COVID-dedicated spaces to general patient care areas and back again to respond to rising hospitalizations, many are focused on building stronger levels of flexibility and resiliency to ensure the safety of patients and staff…READ MORE

Accor to go contactless worldwide

Hotel Management -  Following successful pilot programs in North America, Europe and Asia, Accor is rolling out a new digital key solution to provide a contactless guest journey in its hotels. Named “Accor Key,” the solution will provide customers with a keyless door entry solution, which customers will access via Accor’s digital key app. This [...]

Hotels hope profits are cooking in the ghost kitchen business

Skift – Hotel room revenues may have tanked during the coronavirus pandemic, but some leading operators in the industry hope underutilized kitchens can pave the way for future profits. Even before the pandemic depleted hotels of high occupancy rates and coveted business like corporate travel and conventions, full-service hotel owners struggled with food and beverage [...]

J.D. Power survey update assesses safety, tech changes

Hotel Management -  A six-month follow-up to the fall’s “J.D. Power Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study” reveals some compelling insights into what guests are demanding from hoteliers. Guest responses from June to November 2020 make it clear that hotel teams are working hard to maintain cleanliness and safety protocols—and that guests are aware of the efforts. [...]

Green Cleaning For Safety

Facility Executive - Andrea Gomez Vesga and Gordon Buntrock There’s no question that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic impact on the processes and priorities associated with facilities solutions. With disinfection and virus mitigation in high demand, you may be finding it difficult to balance timely needs with existing sustainability objectives and long-term environmental commitments. [...]

3 Roofing Trouble Spots and How to Prevent Them

Facilities Net - Erin Falvey Roofing systems on institutional and commercial facilities are typically an afterthought for building occupants – until the roof leaks, that is. Roof leaks are a nuisance at best for occupants, but they can often result in property damage and costly repairs. In fact, water intrusion accounts for more than 70 percent [...]

How an Iowa Mill Became a Luxury Hotel

Buildings - Janelle Penny Adaptive reuse is one of the greenest building strategies available. Presenting an alternative to demolition and new construction, adaptive reuse—the practice of taking an old building or site, preserving what’s best about it and using it for a purpose other than what it was originally designed for—repurposes structures that might otherwise be [...]

Human-Centric Lighting – Many Benefits in the Post-Pandemic World

Facilities Management Magazine Light is rarely the focal point of a space. Aside from a rainbow after a rainstorm or a sunset over the ocean, we often don’t even see light, we just see with it. That may be one reason lighting considerations occur as an afterthought for many facilities. Despite the significant energy efficiency improvement LED [...]

Integrating Technology into Existing Senior Living Facilities

FACILITIES NET By Alexis Denton and Alexis Burck Sustainability features and new technology — like advanced monitors and better lighting technology — should be considered when renovating or upgrading existing facilities. Existing senior living communities, more than two-thirds of which were built before 2000, are competing with new buildings better suited to what the market wants. [...]

A Look At Propane For HVAC Systems

FACILITY EXECUTIVE by By Bryan Cordill   Saving energy, money, natural resources, and reducing their impact on climate change are at the top of the list for many facility management leaders. This focus is driven, in part, by the fact that commercial buildings consume a significant portion of the world’s total energy supply. In fact, the [...]

What Happens to Building Knowledge When Facility Managers Leave?

BUILDINGS Smarter Facility Management 10/02/20 COVID-19 has been tough on facilities teams. The global pandemic has called for extra sanitation measures, increased ventilation and keeping building occupants apart as much as possible. That’s on top of the usual constant stream of tasks that facilities managers deal with. To complicate matters even further, many companies have [...]