Air Quality

Allergy friendly rooms, air purifiers, smoke-free hotels. As travelers and workers demand clean air, hotels are finding new and innovative ways to provide it, and getting a marketing kick to boot. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.


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ASHRAE, Indoor Air Quality Association to Merge

7/23/2014

ATLANTA—ASHRAE and the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) have agreed in principle to join forces, combining resources to improve indoor air quality in the built environment. Pending a three to six month period of due diligence, IAQA will become a part of the ASHRAE organization while maintaining its own brand and Board of Directors. IAQA will operate independently within ASHRAE’s organizational structure.


Hilton Garden Inn in Nashville Area Adds PURE Rooms

7/21/2014

NASHVILLE, TENN.—The Hilton Garden Inn Nashville/Franklin Cool Springs, a full-service hotel located 14 miles outside of Nashville, has recently upgraded 10 of its guestrooms to make them more comfortable for people with asthma and allergies. The rooms were installed by PURE Solutions, which provides allergy travel accommodations at nearly 300 hotels nationwide.


Zenith Electric Van First to Receive EPA’s Certificate of Conformity

6/26/2014

WILDER, KY.—Zenith Motors LLC, an Alternative Fuel Conversion Manufacturer, announced that its Electric Vans have become the first electric commercial van to receive a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Certificate of Conformity. Mandated by the Clean Air Act of 1990, the EPA Certificate of Conformity is a required certification for vehicles to operate on U.S. roads and highways and certifies that vehicles conform to all EPA regulations and emission standards.


Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North Adds PURE Rooms

6/19/2014

PHOENIX—The Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North, a contemporary hotel with convenient access to the Phoenix metropolitan area, will add 10 allergy-friendly guestrooms by PURE Solutions to its list of offerings. PURE Rooms are treated according to a patented seven-step process that kills and protects against 98 to 100 percent of viruses, bacteria and other harmful irritants.


RENSON Launches North American Operations

6/16/2014

EL SEGUNDO, CALIF.—RENSON, a European developer and manufacturer of sun shading and ventilation system solutions, announces the establishment of its North American sales and distribution network. The company, which was founded in Belgium in 1909 and employs approximately 600 across the globe, is presently growing a North American distributorship for its products, which is initially being established in the Mid-Atlantic, Pacific Northwest, Southeast and Western regions of the United States.


Indianapolis’ Alexander at CityWay Awarded LEED Silver Certification

5/20/2014

INDIANAPOLIS—Buckingham Companies and The Alexander, a Dolce Hotel, announced that they’ve been awarded LEED Silver certification in LEED’s New Construction & Major Renovations category. The Alexander is the only hotel in Indianapolis with LEED certification and is part of the 10-acre CityWay neighborhood, located at South and Delaware streets, developed by Buckingham Companies. “Sustainability was central to the vision for The Alexander and CityWay,” said Scott Travis, Senior Vice President of Development at Buckingham Companies. “From construction through completion, environmentally-friendly practices were a priority.” LEED is the primary program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. More than 44,000 projects are currently participating in the commercial and institutional LEED rating systems. “Buildings are a prime example of how human systems integrate with natural systems,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO and Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “The Alexander efficiently uses our natural resources and makes an immediate, positive impact on Indianapolis and our planet, which will tremendously benefit future generations to come.”


Redding Rancheria Recognized for 100 Percent Smoke Free policy at Win-River Resort & Casino

5/15/2014

SAN DIEGO—Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights presented Redding Rancheria Tribal leadership and Win-River Resort and Casino management with Smoke Free Business Awards for their newly remodeled 100 percent smoke free indoor facility. The awards were presented during the annual National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) expo held at the San Diego Convention Center this week. The casino celebrated its grand reopening on March 14, 2014. Since then, it has experienced great business and positive feedback from employees, players, and the community. “It’s the best decision we ever made,” said Gary Hayward, General Manager of the Win-River Resort and Casino in Redding, Calif. “Not only was going smoke free the best for health but it has also been good for business. We’ve had more new profiles added to our players club, and community groups like the Soroptimist Club are bringing their meetings and business to us now that we are smoke free.” “One hundred percent of tribal membership was in support of adopting the smoke free policy,” said Jack Potter, Jr., Vice Chairman of the Redding Rancheria Tribal Council.


Hyatt Carmel Opts for HearthCAT for Fireplace Emissions Control

4/28/2014

CARMEL, CALIF.—The Hyatt Resort in Carmel, Calif., has taken a dramatic step to improve the air quality along the world famous Big Sur coastline. In addition to providing scenic views, the Hyatt Carmel Highlands in Big Sur has always provided a real wood burning fireplace in each and every room. Although these fireplaces create heat and ambiance, they also create significant air pollution, burning a total of 100 cords of wood per year.


Barona Resort Invests in Advanced Air Filtration Technology

4/24/2014

SAN DIEGO—Barona Resort & Casino announced that it has installed a multi-million dollar air filtration and purification system to further enhance indoor air quality at the casino. The first-of-its-kind system features a V-PAC Photo-catalytic Air Cleaning System manufactured by Ultra Violet Devices, Inc. that was engineered and installed by Synergy Environmental.


Hilton Minneapolis Expands Number of PURE Rooms

4/23/2014

MINNEAPOLIS—The Hilton Minneapolis has doubled its inventory of hypoallergenic rooms by PURE Solutions to create an allergy-friendly floor inside the hotel. PURE Rooms are treated according to a patented seven-step process that kills and protects against 98 to 100 percent of viruses, bacteria and other airborne particles. PURE technology creates a room that is more comfortable for asthma and allergy-sufferers.


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