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Lighting the Hotel of the Future--Where Technology is King


NATIONAL REPORT—Retina scans, robot room service and rooms that reconfigure themselves? Here today, coming tomorrow, and no, it’s not science fiction if nanotechnology has its way. In the hotel of the future, technology is king, and what it means to guests—and even to lighting—means everything. While “dream machines” will have to wait, the evolution of the hotel environment is already underway. Mobile Millennials and still-bustling Boomers are driving the demands of 2020, starting with the power to evoke the comforts of home. As personal control and customization becomes commonplace, matching service to a memorable stay will become imperative to appealing to tomorrow’s traveler. At the same time, this sensory experience must satisfy guests’ environmental sensibilities—appreciated today, responsible business operations are assumed tomorrow. Escalating energy standards will likewise challenge operators to achieve greater efficiency from smarter buildings. Throughout the hotel of the future, from suites to meeting rooms to common areas—everywhere technology and customers collide—there too is lighting, and with it, the opportunity to create environments and craft experiences that capture the imagination of tomorrow’s traveler.

Newest Wyndham Headquarters Building Earns LEED Gold


PARSIPPANY, N.J.—Wyndham Worldwide, one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, has received a Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program for its newest building on the company’s corporate headquarters campus in Parsippany, N.J. The campus previously received two Silver-level LEED designations, making it the first and only company in New Jersey to hold LEED certifications in both Commercial Interiors and Existing Building Operations and Maintenance.

Orange County Convention Center Achieves LEED EBOM Gold Certification


ORLANDO, FLA.—The Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) announced that it has been awarded Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance Gold (EBOM) certification from The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), an arm of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). OCCC’s North-South Building is the largest convention center in the world to achieve LEED EBOM Gold certification. “Central Florida is now home to the world’s largest LEED EBOM Certified convention center,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO & founding chair, U.S. Green Building Council.” “This accomplishment demonstrates unprecedented leadership from Orange County and its convention center in response to one of the most important challenges of our time; addressing economic, environmental, social and cultural issues in a sustainable manner.” “Achieving LEED certification underlines our commitment to leadership in sustainability from a local and global perspective,” said Kathie Canning, OCCC executive director. “Thanks to the dedication of the entire convention center staff and the unwavering support of Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and the ecoPreserve Team, we are now the largest convention center in the world to reach this goal.”

Is LEED Certification Effective? A Case Study of Destiny USA


SYRACUSE, N.Y.—At Destiny USA there’s always a lot of buzz generated around our LEED certification. When we began the expansion, we wanted to continue the commitment to the environment we began when first building Carousel Center in 1990. Now, having just celebrated our one-year anniversary as Destiny USA, we are proud to be recognized not only as a premier shopping center, but as the largest LEED Gold commercial retail building in the world.

Green Lodging News Adds GE Lighting as Founding Sponsor


CLEVELAND, OHIO—Hasek Communications, the Cleveland, Ohio-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes GE Lighting as a Founding Sponsor. GE Lighting offers next-generation, energy-efficient lighting and intelligent devices for the hospitality industry. GE Lighting partners with hospitality professionals to create lighting plans that get the most out of every space. The company’s comprehensive portfolio allows customers to maximize energy savings, minimize maintenance and add to LEED credits.

Starwood Marks Element Brand’s International Debut


STAMFORD, CONN.—In an event that culminated in a pedal-powered “spin” on traditional ribbon-cuttings, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide celebrated the grand opening earlier this month of the Element Vaughan Southwest. The Toronto-area hotel represents the international debut of Element Hotels, Starwood’s extended-stay, eco-wise brand.

OBM International’s Hinds Appointed Chair of USGBC, Miami


CORAL GABLES, FLA.—K. Denaye Hinds, Director of Sustainability with OBM International (OBMI), one of the world’s leading international architectural and planning firms, has been appointed Chair of USGBC Miami, a branch within the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) South Florida Chapter.

Aquamenities Gaining Traction with Dispenser Fixture


LAFAYETTE, CALIF.—Aquamenities reports that its dispenser fixture is gaining traction in the marketplace with brand approval and installations in properties including Four Seasons (multiple locations), The Nines (Starwood Luxury Collection), several Kimpton hotels, Destination Resorts, and Affinia properties (New York City), as well as numerous other flag, independent and boutique properties.

Zandur Relaunches Sustain Cork Flooring Under Sustain Name


NOTTINGHAM, PA.—Zandur has relaunched its Cork Rubber Flooring under the Sustain brand name. The new color line features extensive options in cool and warm neutrals as well as brighter primaries. This updated pallet coordinates with current trends in wall coverings, fixtures and other flooring materials.

Osram Sylvania Unveils Portfolio of LED Lamps


DANVERS, MASS.—Osram Sylvania is offering a full portfolio of Sylvania ULTRA 25 LED lamps that offer energy and cost savings and a 2500K color temperature. The ULTRA 25 LED portfolio includes lamp types most often found in ambient, accent and decorative luminaires in hospitality settings such as B10, B13, BR40, PAR20, PAR30 and MR16 lamps.

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