According to a recent report, U.S. hotels collected record amounts of resort fees and other surcharges totaling $2.47 billion in 2015, leading to main stream media coverage with sensational headlines such as “Hidden hotel resort fees not going away any time soon." The purpose of this webinar is to provide a balanced perspective regarding resort fees and other surcharges at U.S. hotels.
The webinar will also explore the potential effects of what could be described as extreme increases in the minimum wage on the U.S. hotel industry. The Obama presidential administration as well as several large municipalities are actively seeking, or recently passed laws that increase the minimum wage by an extreme amount. The webinar will quantify the forecast effect on the U.S. hotel industry.
Engineers expect superior products. Learn how the Engineering Village team works to help meet their needs. Join us for a webinar that will focus on user-driven features and content updates that were made to Engineering Village throughout 2015 and a look forward to 2016.
In this dynamic webinar, hear directly from the industry expert Frank Schaeflein, from Stratasys, who will explain the transformational benefits of 3D printing solutions for injection molding, jigs and fixtures, End of Arm Tools and production parts. Learn how to redefine productivity in your business.
No matter the fleet size, businesses and government agencies face the same basic fleet challenges: reining in operating expenses, efficiently maintaining vehicles, and controlling labor costs. For most fleets, fuel and driver wages alone make up more than 55 percent of the operations budget. Learn how to get a handle on these costs with Networkfleet’s live webinar, Take Control of Your 2016 Operations Budget with Fleet Management Technology, on January 21, 2016. Fleet industry expert Annette Correll will reveal how GPS-based fleet management technology can help your organization cut fuel usage, control repair and labor costs, lower insurance premiums, and more.
When there’s work to be done and money to be made, you’ve probably heard the cavalier statement, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.” Of course, everyone experiences the clutches of fatigue at some point – it’s a force of nature, after all. But it’s also an invisible threat to operations, because succumbing to fatigue is perceived as a weakness and many people don’t, or can’t, admit when they’re fatigued. As a result, many incident reports often cite “operator error, “unknown human factor” or some other ambiguous or inaccurate root cause.
Measuring this invisible threat starts by asking five essential questions. Join this webinar event to learn how to determine your scope of risk, so that you can build a fatigue risk management system that reduces incidents and optimizes operations.
Presentation featuring up-to-date hotel performance data trends as tracked by Smith Travel Research. Join H. Brandt Niehaus, president of Hotel Brokers International, and Jeff Higley, vice president of digital media & communications for STR/STR Global/HotelNewsNow.com, as they discuss the hospitality industry outlook for next year and opportunities for investment.
Meet the Panel:
H. Brandt Niehaus, CHB is President of Hotel Brokers International and President of Huff, Niehaus & Associates, Inc., a full-service hotel investment advisory firm. Mr. Niehaus has over 30 years of experience in hospitality real estate sales and consulting. He has successfully transacted the sales of hundreds of hotel properties from limited-service independents through full-service luxury hotels representing sellers in conventional sales as well as lender-owned transactions for banks and institutions. A consistent top sales producer, Niehaus was recently named Broker of the Year in recognition of his record-setting sales performance in 2014. Mr. Niehaus holds the professional designations of Certified Hotel Broker (CHB), Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA) and Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM).
Jeff Higley serves as the Vice President of Digital Media and Communications and as Editorial Director of STR / STR Global / Hotel News Now. He oversees all aspects of the Hotel News Now (HNN) digital platform, including the Hotel News Now website and daily newsletter. Jeff also leads the STR family of companies’ efforts with corporate public relations and press releases. He is the former editorial director for Hotel & Motel Management magazine and has specialized in hotel industry journalism for many years. He frequently writes articles on the lodging industry.
Register for this short webinar to learn how telematics can help you better manage your vehicles and drivers.
•Cut fuel costs by improving routing and reducing speeding and idle time.
•Improve arrival time estimates and boost customer satisfaction.
•Keep vehicles running reliably so they can stay on the road and on the job.
•Protect drivers from false claims of speeding or not showing up as scheduled.
3D printing has emerged as an important, growing trend in medical in 2015 and is expected to increase in 2016. From patient specific models for surgical planning, to clinical training and education using anatomical models, to additive manufacturing of end use parts, this webinar will present a range of applications to employ 3D printing across your R&D, clinical, marketing, manufacturing and training organizations.
Hosted by Rose Brooke, Editor of European Plastic Product Manufacturer, in this dynamic webinar you can hear directly from industry experts, Amos Breyfogle from Stratasys, and Jim Sargent from Whale Pumps who have already discovered the transformational benefits of 3D printing solutions for injection molding, jigs and fixtures, End of Arm Tools and productions parts. Tune in to learn how you can redefine productivity in your business.
What you will discover:
-Explore the possibilities of going from design to production floor in just hours with ultra-light assembly aids
-How to reduce your tooling cost by 70-95%
-How to increase performance of parts by combining traditional and additive components
-How to produce production parts quickly using 3D printing
Help your wood products company grow business by utilizing proven strategies from the WOOD 100. Experts from Woodworking Networks' WOOD 100 share their tips and techniques for improving productivity, service, marketing, and product development —giving you the tools you need to improve your business.
Learn how to:
• Improve customer service and delivery: Logistics
• Expand and identify sales & product growth opportunities
• Determine the ROI for new technology & lean manufacturing
Deploying new patient record systems is more than just servers, networking, and storage. Specialized software applications, compliance and secure data management all need to be considered. Traditional technology vendors all offer partial solutions but you’re left with the hard work. Join Chris Bukowski, Product Manager from NexGen Storage to learn about a better way to deploy patient record systems that include new value-driven data management capabilities that ensure a superior end user experience.
New projects drive revenue. Every project is different, has different deadlines, and has different data management requirements. Delivering an IT infrastructure that can deal with the erratic workloads and constantly changing data needs is nearly impossible, let alone being confident that Finance will be able to run reports fast enough to close the books at the end of the month with no complaints. Join Chris McCall, SVP Marketing from NexGen Storage to discuss new value-driven data management capabilities designed to deliver a superior end user experience for project-oriented architecture and engineering firms.
Over one-third of employees would leave their current employer if offered more flexible work arrangements, according to a recent study by Unify.
In fact, workers around the world are demanding more flexibility about where and when they do their jobs – and it’s not just a hype cycle or water cooler talk. New legislation, court cases, even a presidential order – are requiring businesses across the world to be more accommodating of employees' personal obligations outside the workplace.
In this webinar, Unify presents our latest global research in which we quantify the demand for flexible work options, detail employee and management preferences, and outline ways business leaders can respond to the changing work environment while protecting productivity.
Niel Levonius, RingCentral & Levine, Continental Properties Inc.
Join us to hear RingCentral Director of Product Marketing, Niel Levonius, report on the latest developments in cloud phone systems. This series of interviews with customers delves into the specifics of how the cloud is helping IT professionals in various industries. In this segment, Niel interviews Jeffrey Levine, Broker Manager of Continental Properties Inc., about his real-world experience with leveraging the cloud to make a growing real estate firm more nimble.
Niel Levonius, RingCentral & Bill Cooper, Orbit/FR
Join us to hear RingCentral Director of Product Marketing, Niel Levonius, report on the latest developments in cloud phone systems. This series of interviews with customers delves into the specifics of how the cloud is helping IT professionals in various industries. In this segment, Niel interviews Bill Cooper, IT Admin of Orbit/FR, about his real-world experience with leveraging the cloud to make a growing tech firm more nimble.
According to survey findings in the 2012 Construction Industry Hiring and Business Outlook from the AGC (Associated General Contractors of America), one in four construction firms plan to switch financial, job cost, or operational software to the cloud this year. The reasons are simple -- the right cloud applications can maximize project collaboration, make your business more agile and reduce operational costs. Join us to learn how you can use secure cloud collaboration to centralize your content and make information available anywhere, anytime -- using any mobile device. We’ll discuss common use cases, plus the most popular desktop and mobile productivity applications for AEC professionals.
As the visionary founder of LivingHomes, the award-winning prefabricated homes that combine world-class architecture with an unparalleled commitment to healthy and sustainable construction, Steve Glenn has become a leading voice within the sustainable building movement.
The developer of the nation’s first LEED Platinum home, and with over nine LivingHomes in development that are designed to achieve LEED Platinum, Glenn is one of the more experienced builders of environmentally conscious homes in the United States. While LivingHomes uses the LEED program for external review and validation, the company has established its own Z6 sustainable building goals, which serve as development objectives for each LivingHome, insuring that they have as close as possible to zero negative impact on health and environment. The Z6 goals are Zero Water, Zero Energy, Zero Waste, Zero Emissions, Zero Carbon and Zero Ignorance.
Glenn will share his experiences working with leading architects, including Ray Kappe, FAIA, one the most celebrated modern architects in the US, and KieranTimberlake, the AIA 2009 Firm of the Year, to create LivingHomes. He will discuss the specific elements that go into a LivingHome to achieve the Z6 goals and the process of building a LivingHome - from its factory construction to on-site installation in mere hours. Attendees will gain new insights into sustainable design and prefabrication, and will be able to get any questions answered about building a LivingHome.
This webinar will explain the importance of plants to our well-being and to the environments in which we work i.e. buildings. They are an essential part of any sustainability programme. The webinar will explain why every building should have plants on, in and around them And how these can contribute to the UK Government's Happiness Index and their targets to reduce absenteeism.
Martha Brook, CA Energy Comm.; Lia Webster, PECI; Hwakong Cheng, Taylor Engineering
In this 45 minute Webinar, experts from the energy efficiency industry will discuss building commissioning for both new and existing buildings. Martha Brook from the California Energy Commission will provide an overview of policies related to building commissioning. Reinhard Seidl, Taylor Engineering, will speak on the commissioning process, operational practices, tools and strategies utilized in the marketplace. Lia Webster, PECI, will moderate the session and cover project costs, programs and incentives, and energy and cost benefits from commissioning.
June Grant, AECOM; Scott Poll, NASA; Ed Richards, Cisco
This May, 210 employees at NASA Ames, Moffet Field will move into the Research Center’s first newly built facility in 20 years. The building and surrounding landscape nicknamed NASA’s Sustainability Base (a take on the Lunar Base) was designed to improve workplace effectiveness by maximizing daylight and fresh air and extensive water re-use. The result is a facility designed for near-net zero consumption for both energy and potable water.
In addition to readily available products, the building will be outfitted with the latest NASA diagnostic and intelligence gathering devices to ensure the optimized long-term resource management. Sustainability Base and its connection back into the existing campus-wide building management system announces a new generation of "smart" infrastructure and integrated computerized system technologies which utilize adaptive intelligence applied to local climate.
Understanding our local environment, monitoring and fine-tuning our resource allocation are paramount. What can technologies tell us about ourselves? What technologies are available? How can we enhance our existing building stock and prepare for a wide regional resource management strategy? How can we design smarter buildings and smarter infrastructure?
George Elvin, Green Tech Forum; Greg Kats, Capital-E; Amanda Tullos, Green Bldg Svcs; Kelly Gearhart, Triple Green Bldg Grp
Green building is growing exponentially as the federal government and major cities like Chicago and Seattle join private owners in requiring new buildings to meet stringent sustainability benchmarks like the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) criteria. To meet this surge in demand, architects are employing not only proven clean technologies like wind and solar power, but new ones including nanotechnology, biotechnology and other emerging technologies. The convergence of green building and clean technology is creating not only significant improvements in human and environmental health, but major economic opportunities as well.
Our panel of green building experts will provide insights into the costs, benefits and performance of the latest green building technologies. You'll learn about new green building technologies including insulating nanocoatings and aerogels, self-cleaning and depolluting materials, organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) and quantum dot lighting, organic thin-film solar cell technologies, and more.
George Elvin, Director, Green Technology Forum
Greg Kats, President, Capital-E
Amanda Tullos, Sustainability Consultant, Green Building Services
Kelly Gearhart, Principal, Triple Green Building Group
James Stanton, Environmental Data Resources; Dianne Crocker, Environmental Data Resources
Finding a ‘green’ home or commercial building typically means evaluating the sustainable materials used in the structure and the energy footprint. But what about the toxic hazards that could be lurking under your property? There are numerous environmental characteristics that can exist within your property, or adjacent properties, some of which could wash the green right off of your low-energy, LEED-certified building! What’s more, if you’re looking for financing, you should know that lenders, in the wake of the real estate downturn, are placing a great deal of emphasis on factors like environmental contamination that can negatively affect a property’s value and potentially expose them to liability.
Join us for this informative session that will help you to understand the importance of environmental due diligence in your quest for finding a green property.
James B. Stanton, VP of Products and Marketing, Environmental Data Resources
Dianne Crocker, Principal Analyst, Environmental Data Resources
Russell Deane, Market Manager - Architecture, AkzoNobel
Major projects require huge levels of inter-agency co-operation. Different parcels are designed by different teams and developed by different contractors. How can you simultaneously achieve a green solution, cut costs and ensure consistency between the various elements on such projects? Using examples including the London Olympics and King Abdullah Financial District in Saudi Arabia, this presentation will show how it can be achieved.
The European Federation of Interior Landscape Groups (eFIG) Chairman Thomas Palfreyman presents on the importance of plants in green building and urban design using case studies to highlight the benefits of plant life.
Christian Kornevall, Director EEB project, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
Looking to 2050, the IEA has projected scenarios with various carbon reduction levels, where the “Blue Map” scenario achieves carbon stabilization levels. The carbon abatement cost curve depicts costs versus carbon abated for a rank ordered set of abatement strategies. A carbon cost of $300/ton for all aggregated sectors will bring about the Blue Map result. However, these scenarios estimate the total cost to society, total investments, less costs and savings, not considering who pays the costs and who benefits.
The analysis implicitly suggests that the lowest negative cost options will happen, thereby paying for more costly abatement measures, e.g. Improved insulation results in a net negative carbon abatement cost, which could pay for implementing a more costly renewable energy supply.
A misunderstanding of the carbon abatement curve interprets it as defining the carbon price needed to meet the stated efficiency levels. Rather, we find substantial price insensitivity to carbon and correspondingly, higher carbon prices are needed to influence building sector decision making for energy efficiency measures.
To determine this, the WBCSD Energy Efficiency in Buildings project (EEB project) created a model of building stock turnover to compute energy efficient technology adoption levels based on micro-economic investor stakeholder decisions. Rather than an unacceptably high market carbon price to foster change, we found that only a set of aggressive policy measures implemented together to influence decision making would bring building sector transformation to the levels needed.
Since 2005 Christian is Director of the Energy Efficiency in Building Project (EEB) at the WBCSD. He is part of the GEA and member of the KM on Buildings. He is also Project Director of the WBCSD/ UII – Urban Infrastructure Initiative.
Richard Chien, LEEP AP, CGBP, City and County of San Francisco
GreenFinanceSF is a property assessed clean energy (PACE) program launched in San Francisco on March1, 2010. The program will enable private property owners to finance energy efficiency, water efficiency and renewable energy projects on residential and commercial properties in San Francisco. If approved for financing, property owners will receive funds from the City for the upfront cost of projects and agree to repay the cost of the project plus interest as an additional line item on their property tax bill for the “life” of the financed improvements (up to 20 years). If the property is sold, both the property improvements and the remaining debt stay with the property and are passed on to the new owner.
This presentation will cover the basics of the program design, including how GreenFinanceSF will help the City meet its carbon reduction goals; a general overview of the program; eligible measures and owner requirements; contractor qualifications and QA/QC issues; outreach and marketing, and other issues.
Kevin O'Donnell, Jameson Detweiler, Sasha King & Paul Bogart
- Their own selection process for choosing sustainable materials
- How they connect with the design community
- What trends they are predicting for the near future
- What technology they are using to catalog the products
Join Kevin O'Donnell, Founder & Fundamentalist, threadcollaborative and a panel of industry experts:
- Jameson Detweiler, CEO Greenkonnect.com
- Sasha King, Co-Founder and Director of Product Research and Development, epOxyGreen
- Paul Bogart. The Pharos Project
Buildings must accommodate myriad requirements while having less environmental impact and providing useful space for working and living. You will hear best practice tips and techniques for building practical and efficient structures as well as the latest trends in emerging areas including green building, retrofitting, LEED, sustainable materials, design software, and more.