Energy Management

Everyone has felt the sting of rising energy costs recently. Savvy hoteliers have implemented plans to address these increases. Green Lodging News covers the latest news and trends pertaining to energy management. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at:

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Innsight Unveils ResourceCONNECT Reporting Tool


DALLAS—Innsight Technologies introduces its ResourceCONNECT Energy and Water Management Reporting Tool. ResourceCONNECT comes with interface and mobile capabilities making any hotel or resort capable of tracking their energy usage down to the kilowatt or per gallon hour.

Hotels Tapping Geothermal Technology Have New Options


NATIONAL REPORT—Energy consumption officially has become the defining global issue of our time, and everyone from politicians to developers and homeowners is taking notice. But while technology companies and auto makers like Tesla and Ford scramble to make the first mainstream electric vehicle, there’s actually a bigger player in the energy arms race: buildings. According to the United States Department of Energy (DOE), the nation’s buildings account for 43 percent of U.S. carbon emissions and 39 percent of primary energy consumption. Compare those numbers with the transportation industry, which comes in a distant second at 32 percent and 28 percent, respectively. What’s more is that the DOE reports 40 percent of the total energy used in those buildings is for air-conditioning and heat, as well as hot water heating. That’s why a growing number of developers are looking more closely at geothermal heat pump systems, a technology that uses the earth’s thermal properties in conjunction with electricity as an alternative to traditional HVAC and water heating systems.

Acclaim Lighting Introduces Intelligent Dimming Technology


LOS ANGELES—Acclaim Lighting announces its latest innovation to the solid state LED lighting market, Ai Dim. An abbreviation for Acclaim intelligent Dimming, Ai Dim is the combination of a finely tuned dimming curve and a specific grouping of LEDs, which results in a near perfect representation of incandescent dimming. Acclaim meticulously designed every detail of the Ai Dim system, from the custom LED chipset and driver to the smooth dimming curve, which brings the best of LED and incandescent lighting together.

Hilton San Francisco Gaining Notoriety for Green Leadership


SAN FRANCISCO—The Hilton San Francisco Union Square has quite a win streak going. On February 17, the 1,919-room hotel hosted the Hotel Council of San Francisco’s first Stay Green Forum. The event drew 275 attendees. “Lieutenant Governor Newsom was the keynote speaker,” says Jo Licata, Community Projects Manager at the hotel. It was a great success. We had almost every hotel in San Francisco represented.” Also in February, the hotel garnered a lot of publicity for being the first hotel to participate in the Better Buildings Challege SWAP, a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) program that saw officials from Hilton Worldwide and Whole Foods Market swap energy teams in order to uncover new energy efficiency strategies. In December, Hilton Worldwide announced that it was the first hospitality company to achieve Superior Energy Performance certification from the DOE.

New 70-Pound G-Flex Washer Touts Programmable Gs Up to 200


OSHKOSH, WIS.—Continental Girbau Inc. recently added the new 70-pound capacity G-Flex Washer to its most advanced line of hard-mount flexible-speed washers. The G-Flex line now includes 40-, 55-, and 70-pound capacity models. Superior programmability, including G-force, brings premium program and process flexibility to laundries at an affordable price point, according to Joel Jorgensen, Continental Vice President of Sales and Customer Services.

Green Lodging News Adds ARVA, LLC as Directory Partner


ODESSA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Odessa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes ARVA, LLC as a Green Product & Service Directory partner. HyLite LED Lighting Solutions offer high-performance, long-lasting, energy-efficient lighting products for the hospitality industry. HyLite Products can help owners and operates cut energy consumption by up to 90 percent while eliminating regular maintenance costs. HyLite LED provides solutions to create a brighter, safer parking lot and exterior and warm, welcoming lobbies, hallways, and rooms.

Green Lodging News Adds Conectric as Directory Partner


ODESSA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Odessa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes Conectric as a Green Product & Service Directory partner. Savings is primarily delivered by Conectric’s award-winning, patented occupancy based room energy automation solution. It independently controls HVAC, lights and other electrical loads. The system comes in wireless or hardwired configurations for new construction or retrofit environments. It works with almost every HVAC system including fancoils, splits, mini-splits, multi-splits, heat pumps, VRFs, VTACs and PTACs.

Hilton, Whole Foods Market First Up in Better Buildings Challenge SWAP


SAN FRANCISCO—The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), through its Better Buildings Challenge program, is about to officially release the results of its first Better Buildings Challenge SWAP. “Season One,” as the DOE is describing it, launches on February 17. The SWAP was a three-day event in December that saw Hilton Worldwide and Whole Foods Market swap energy teams in order to uncover new energy efficiency strategies and further accelerate their own companies’ energy efficiency goals. The SWAP program reflects the goals of the Better Buildings challenge: help companies cut energy use and share strategies with their peers. During the three-day SWAP, Hilton leaders visited the Whole Foods Market Ocean Avenue in San Francisco. In addition, officials from Whole Foods Market visited the Hilton San Francisco Union Square. Each visit was captured on video. The audits at each property included a “night walk” to uncover energy saving opportunities when operations are slowed down for the evening. At the end of the SWAP, Better Buildings Challenge Director Maria Vargas moderated a “SWAP unveil.”

Division of Nora Lighting Introduces Iolite


COMMERCE, CALIF.—NSpec, a division of Nora Lighting, introduces Iolite, a new concept in modular LED downlights. Iolite is available with 1”, 2” and 4” apertures for a minimal architectural appearance and offers more than 100 design and trim possibilities. The fixture features one LED core module, which is compatible with a dedicated downlight housing with various dimming options. It can also be retrofitted as an adjustable downlight.

MaxLite Introduces LED Downlight Retrofits


WEST CALDWELL, N.J.—Expanding its portfolio of specification-grade LED lighting solutions, MaxLite introduces the DLR Series of Architectural Recessed Downlight Retrofits as a cost-effective way to upgrade commercial interiors to more efficient lighting.

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