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Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay installs innovative HVAC system using Heat Pipe Technology
The Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, in Tampa, Florida, 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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Designs on the future — Big ideas become reality at Marriott Hotels' new 'underground' Innovation Lab
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.
HEI Hotels & Resorts Honored by Department of Energy
Green Lodging News
The Department of Energy recognized HEI Hotels & Resorts recently for its continued success and leadership as a participant in the Better Buildings Challenge, announcing the company is on track to meet goals of reducing energy consumption and increasing energy efficiency. Since baseline year 2008, HEI Hotels & Resorts has reduced energy usage by 9 percent across more than 10 million square feet.
NBA legend David Robinson launches 'Admiral Hospitality Scholars'
NBA Hall of Famer and philanthropist David Robinson announced the launch of Admiral Hospitality Scholars, an internship program that will provide motivated high school students — starting in Houston — a pathway to a degree and career in the hospitality industry with the financial support of Hilton Worldwide and Admiral Capital Group, and the educational and training support of the University of Houston's Hilton College and American Liberty Hospitality.
ROI or return on interactions: Knowing your guests using social media for hotel F&B operations
We can look more closely to health care and how some technology practices can bridge and advance hotels and hospitality (H2H). In Paul Cerrito's recent article, he discusses 11 Super Mobile Medical Apps Mobile Health. This segment of the industry offers the most promise. It's no exaggeration to describe consumers' and physicians' embrace of mobile health apps, smartphones and tablets as transformational.
Fire sprinkler bill introduced in Congress
Occupational Health & Safety
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.
Significant code changes to the 2012 International Plumbing Code
International Code Council
The thresholds at which indirect waste piping is required to be trapped have been increased and an exception has been added to address clear waste water.
UAE hotels encouraged to become more eco-friendly
Hotels in the United Arab Emirates are being encouraged to become more eco-friendly as part of a new environmental initiative. Launched by the Emirates Green Building Council, a professional association of architects, building engineers and suppliers, it aims to raise awareness of environmentally friendly construction and encourage use of green technologies.
Chemical industry opposes LEED upgrade
Members of the U.S. chemical industry have voiced their concern about proposed upgrades to LEED, which they claim will have an unfair and adverse impact on business, and are lobbying Congress for the adoption of alternative green building standards. The Washington-based US Green Building Council will vote this month on proposed upgrades to its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. The updated building criteria, referred to as LEED 4, could include provisions for conferring greater credits on projects which refrain from the use of hazardous chemicals.
Cities are adapting to climate change
The Associated Press via Engineering News-Record
From Bangkok to Miami, cities and coastal areas across the globe are already building or planning defenses to protect millions of people and key infrastructure from more powerful storm surges and other effects of global warming. Some are planning cities that will simply adapt to more water.
Financial drivers for energy conservation
Facility Management Journal
Why is it so difficult to get organizations to invest in proven, cost-effective and scalable energy-saving technologies, and what role can the facility manager play in increasing market penetration? High transactional costs, credibility of performance data/return on investment and lag time are just a few of the challenges facing would-be adoptees. Facility managers can play a key role in solving the data integrity and confidence barriers for investors.
New technology may double the height of skyscrapers
Finnish elevator manufacturer KONE has unveiled a new hoisting technology that will enable elevators to travel heights of one kilometer — twice the distance than currently possible. The new development implies that the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, will not remain the world's tallest building for very long.
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