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NEW YORK—Turks & Caicos has deepened its commitment to advancing renewable energy by joining the Carbon War Room’s Ten Island Challenge. The Premier of Turks and Caicos, The Honorable Doctor Rufus Ewing, and Carbon War Room’s Operations Director, Justin Locke, signed a Memorandum of Understanding, committing to work together to reduce the island’s dependence on fossil fuels through increased renewable energy production and improved energy efficiency. The Ten Island Challenge provides the Government of TCI the opportunity and platform to define and realize its own vision of a clean economy. In order to achieve this vision, the Carbon War Room, a global nonprofit founded by Sir Richard Branson, and Rocky Mountain Institute will provide a range of technical, project management, communications, and business advisory support services. “With the addition of Turks & Caicos, the Ten Island Challenge continues to expand its efforts to transform Caribbean economies and help the region achieve independence from fossil fuels,” said Sir Richard Branson, Co-Founder of Carbon War Room.
CHARLESTON, S.C.—ISI Technology has created the world’s first fully electronic water heater. The Heatworks MODEL 1 is the world’s first 100 percent digital water heater. The system allows one to replace or improve any existing water heating system and offers instant and infinite hot water, a significantly longer lifespan with zero required maintenance, and ultimate control.
EVERETT, WASH.—Electric Mirror, a global leader in lighted mirrors and mirror TVs, announced its Best of BDNY (Boutique Design New York) award for its innovative and energy saving feature called Keen.
ATLANTA—Registration is open for ASHRAE’s 2015 Winter Conference in Chicago where attendees have the chance to discuss and examine the latest topics in the building industry, network, participate in technical tours, attend ASHRAE Learning Institute courses, earn professional credits, and obtain ASHRAE certifications.
NEW YORK—The Waldorf Astoria, New York Hilton Midtown, and Carlton hotels have been honored for their environmentally friendly initiatives as recipients of the first ever Sustainability Awards, presented yesterday by the Hotel Association of New York City (HANYC) at the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show held at the Javits Center. The Hotel Association of NYC’s Sustainability Committee offered awards in three categories: Environmental Protection, awarded to the New York Hilton Midtown for its comprehensive green building efficiency program; Social Responsibility, awarded to the Carlton for its engagement with the community; and Holistic Strategy for Sustainable Hospitality, awarded to the Waldorf Astoria for its overall commitment to environmentally friendly practices and social programs. “As a leader in New York City’s thriving tourism economy, the Hotel Association of New York City recognizes the significant responsibility we carry in setting high standards for environmental stewardship and sustainability,” said Joseph E. Spinnato, President of the Hotel Association. “We are pleased to present the inaugural Sustainability Awards to three very deserving hotels that are leading the way in green practice and design.”
NEW YORK—Carrier Enterprise, a leading provider of temperature and energy control technologies for commercial, hospitality and residential properties, previewed E-TAC II technology from Gree at the 2014 International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show. During the show, Carrier exhibited Founten’s Intelligent Wireless HVAC Energy Management Solution and the PTAC Air Knight air purification system.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Those looking for assurance that a laundry wastewater recycling system does indeed reduce utility costs can find proof in study results recently released by the U.S. Department of Energy (D.O.E.) Building Technologies Office. The D.O.E., with the assistance of outside consultants, conducted a demonstration project to evaluate laundry wastewater recycling technology in the hospitality sector. The D.O.E. report, entitled, “Demonstration of Advanced Technologies for Multi-Load Washers in Hospitality and Healthcare—Wastewater Recycling Technology,” documents the demonstration of a wastewater recycling system installed at the Grand Hyatt Seattle. The Grand Hyatt, a four diamond hotel located in downtown Seattle, has 425 guestrooms, three restaurants, and over 25,000 square feet of conference space. In addition to the Grand Hyatt, laundry from Hyatt’s nearby Olive 8 property is also processed in the Grand Hyatt Seattle laundry facility. The Olive 8 is a full-service hotel and has 346 guestrooms and 12,000 square feet of function space. The Grand Hyatt Seattle laundry facility makes use of five hard-mount Alliance Laundry/Speed Queen commercial washers.
LONGMONT, COLO.—TERRALUX announces commercial availability of the DLSQ8 LED Downlight fixture and LED retrofit kit. Energy consumption is 60 percent less than CFL fixtures equipped with dual 42-watt lamps, for the same delivered light output.
PITTSBURGH—Power management company Eaton announced a contract to provide electrical distribution equipment for a 6.4-megawatt (MW) DC solar installation at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Convention Center in Las Vegas. The MGM Resorts International and NRG Energy project is the world’s largest rooftop solar array on a convention center, and is predicted to generate enough energy to power up to the equivalent of 1,000 homes per year.
SACRAMENTO, CALIF.—Commercial buildings in California account for nearly 40 percent of primary energy usage, much of which is wasted because of inefficiencies in older construction. According to the United States Department of Energy, commercial buildings could be made 80 percent more efficient with new and existing technology, but many property owners don’t fully appreciate the value proposition that retrofitting can bring to a business.
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