Energy Management

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Master-Bilt Showcases Line of Glass Door Merchandisers


CHICAGO—Master-Bilt, manufacturer of a full line of premier commercial refrigeration systems, showcased its full line of glass door merchandisers with the next generation BMG/BLG Plus and Fusion Plus models at the 2014 National Restaurant Show last month. These new glass door merchandisers provide extensive flexibility that businesses require for growing market segments, changing floor plans and improving traffic flow.

Excel Dryer Unveils XLERATOReco Hand Dryer


EAST LONGMEADOW, MASS.—Excel Dryer, Inc., manufacturer of the original, patented, high-speed, energy-efficient XLERATOR hand dryer, introduces the new XLERATOReco hand dryer. The XLERATOReco uses new “no heat” technology to dry hands in 15 seconds using only 500 watts.

EPA Adds Clothes Dryers to Energy Star Program


WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the first-ever Energy Star label for clothes dryers. If all residential clothes dryers sold in the United States meet these new requirements, the utility cost savings will grow to more than $1.5 billion each year and more than 22 billion pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented.

Bacara Resort Selects SemaConnect EV Charging Stations


WASHINGTON, D.C.—SemaConnect, Inc. announced that they were chosen by Bacara Resort & Spa to install six electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at their location in Goleta, Calif. “We are excited to offer visitors to the Santa Barbara area another convenient place to charge their vehicle,” said Mark Pastrone, V.P. of Business Development at SemaConnect. “There has been a dramatic increase in electric vehicle use in this area and we have made it our mission to innovatively keep up with this growing demand.”

IPSO Introduces New Control for OPL Washer-Extractors


RIPON, WIS.—IPSO introduces the Cygnus Ultra Pro control system on washer-extractors for on-premises laundry managers. Cygnus Ultra Pro builds on the features of Cygnus Ultra. “The Cygnus Ultra Pro control system allows on-premises laundry managers to have complete control of their equipment,” said Kathryn Rowen, North American Sales Manager for IPSO. “With increased usability and flexibility, Ultra Pro gives laundry managers the tools they need to easily achieve peak efficiency.”

Xeros Awarded Qualified Vendor Status with Choice Hotels


MANCHESTER, N.H.—Xeros, the innovator of an ultra low water cleaning system, announced that Choice Hotels International has selected it as a qualified vendor for its more than 5,000 U.S. franchises. Xeros’ nearly waterless laundry system helps hotels significantly reduce laundry costs, increase the life of linens, and helps hotels advance their commitment to green operations.

Wyndham New Yorker Hotel Recommits Itself to Green Efforts


NEW YORK—The Wyndham New Yorker Hotel has made tremendous strides over the past several years to support its eco-friendly initiatives. In honor of Earth Day, the iconic hotel recently recommitted itself to upholding these standards in an effort to preserve the environment.

MGM Resorts Recognized for Lighting Innovations


LAS VEGAS—The Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign has recognized MGM Resorts International for its dedication to sustainability and energy-efficient lighting. The company was recently honored with two Campaign awards: “Highest Absolute Annual Savings in a Retrofit at a Single Parking Structure” for a major lighting retrofit at MGM Grand Detroit, and “Largest Percentage of Facilities Upgraded (minimum of five facilities)” for MGM Facilities in Michigan and Nevada.

Indianapolis’ Alexander at CityWay Awarded LEED Silver Certification


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.”

JW Marriott D.C. Recognized for Leadership in Energy Efficiency


WASHINGTON, D.C.—Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) has chosen the J.W. Marriott Washington, D.C. as a 2014 Northeast Business Leader for Energy Efficiency for its efforts to grow the economy and protect the environment via its commitment to energy efficiency. In the nation’s capital, JW Marriott Washington, D.C. and Marriott International’s hotels of Washington, D.C. welcome tourists and professionals year-round. The hotels that serve these visitors are some of the largest consumers of energy in the city and present abundant opportunities for energy savings. Since 2012, Marriott International’s hotels of Washington, D.C. have worked with the DC Sustainable Energy Utility to reduce energy use and costs, and to help its D.C. hotels meet sustainability standards.

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