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WASHINGTON, D.C.—The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry (UA) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) have reached an agreement on a landmark proposal to save energy and water in new buildings. The two organizations jointly submitted a proposal to the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) to require the insulation of hot water piping in new buildings. Today, many Americans waste millions of gallons of water by letting water run until it’s hot enough for use in showers and sinks. To curtail this waste in new buildings, NRDC and the UA proposed that the 2015 edition of IAPMO’s Uniform Plumbing Code require insulation of all hot water piping systems such as those serving lavatories, showers, dishwashers, and kitchen sinks. The Uniform Plumbing Code is the model for local and state plumbing codes now in force in at least 19 states. “We recommend insulating hot water piping to reduce the waste of energy and water in hot water systems,” said William P. Hite, General President of the United Association.
WILSONVILLE, ORE.—FLIR Systems, Inc., a leader in thermal imaging technology, announces the launch of FLIR ONE, the first personal thermal imaging device especially targeted at the consumer market. Unveiled at CES 2014, FLIR ONE places powerful thermal imaging technology in the hands of consumers, dramatically extending the limits of human vision and unlocking a full spectrum of practical applications.
Onset Releases HOBO kWh Monitoring Kit BOURNE, MASS.—Onset, a leader in data loggers, announced the HOBO kWh Monitoring Kit, a low-cost, portable system for measuring and recording energy consumption in buildings. The new kit, which bundles a matchbox-sized HOBO State data logger with Continental Control System’s revenue-grade kWh and current sensors, gives energy engineers, auditors, building commissioners, and others a simple and cost-effective way to log building electric use at a fraction of the cost of meter-based solutions.
RIVERSIDE, CALIF.—SolarMax announced that they have launched the Commercial PPA Program across the state of California. This program, according to SolarMax, is the same concept as the Residential PPA and is an easy way to finance a commercial solar system without taking on the upfront cost.
GUIYANG, CHINA—Johnson Controls, a leader in building technology and services, recently helped Hyatt Regency Guiyang become Hyatt Group’s first hotel in China to achieve gold certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, New Construction (LEED-NC Gold). Peter Templeton, vice president of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and Nellie Cheng, China director of USGBC, officially awarded the certification to Qiao Gencai, general manager of Hyatt Regency Guiyang.
KNOXVILLE, TENN.—EcoGreenHotel, a leader in sustainable solutions for the hospitality industry, announced approval of $500,000.00 of energy solutions over three Alabama hotels with an ROI under 2.5 years.
INWOOD, N.Y.—Your laundry staff is a busy bunch. Sorting loads, transferring them from washer to dryer and finally, finishing, folding and getting them shelved. Still, most days they find time to unknowingly dump a bucket of money in the trash. True, the bucket reference may be a bit dramatic, but chances are there is an activity going on in your laundry that is costing the operation money—human error. Managers employ a variety of tactics to help prevent human error. They focus on bringing in quality employees and spend ample time training them. But short of constant supervision, which, let’s face it, isn’t realistic, human error plagues laundries in any industry. Even the advent of programmable washer controls in the 1970s and similar technology for dryers in the 1990s didn’t do away with the problem. Refinements to the controls in recent years may have helped. Still, despite the programming breakthroughs, most equipment is not able to trump or correct an operator’s poor choice.
TAMPA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Tampa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, has added a Verdafero case study to its Vendor Case Studies section. The case study details the implementation of the MyVerdafero—Utility Optimization Software Platform at the Hilton Concord in Concord, Calif. To help hotel management gain greater transparency into the impact of their sustainability initiatives, Verdafero, a San Francisco provider of SaaS software and services, worked alongside Hilton Concord management and Hotel Sustainability Solutions, Inc. (HSSI), to implement their software platform at the hotel.
TAMPA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Tampa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, has added an Electrolux Professional Laundry Equipment Case Study to its website. The case study details the Hilton Concord’s recent installation of new Electrolux Professional washers and dryers. Roseville, Calif-based A2Z Laundry Systems spearheaded the installation of the equipment at the 329-room hotel. Lead consultant on the Hilton Concord’s overall sustainability efforts is Charles Smith, CEO of Hotel Sustainability Solutions Inc. (HSSI).
BURLINGAME, CALIF.—Green Creative LLC, the commercial grade LED lighting manufacturer, announces the launch of its brand new A19 6W and 9.5W Titanium LED Series 3.0 lamps.
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