Energy Management

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Nora Lighting Introduces Diamond II LED Downlights


COMMERCE, CALIF.—Nora Lighting has introduced the Diamond II Series, the next generation of its LED retrofit downlights with a number of enhanced features. Among the many new updates is a standard 700 lumen level in all 4”, 5”, 6” and 6” adjustable models for improved visual comfort, along with a deep-set 2” diameter light source for uniform appearance and lower aperture brightness.

Wyndham Achieves Energy Cut Across 10 Million Square Feet


PARSIPPANY, N.J.—Wyndham Worldwide announced that it has achieved a total 12 percent energy reduction at its North American locations that are part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge. The Better Buildings Challenge is a national initiative launched by President Obama in 2011 with the goal of making American commercial, multifamily and industrial buildings 20 percent more energy efficient in 10 years. This program aligns with the company’s goals to reduce carbon emissions by 16 percent by 2016 and by 20 percent by 2020. As of 2013, Wyndham Worldwide has reduced its global footprint in over 40 countries of its owned, managed and leased assets by 12.7 percent based on carbon per square footage. “This latest milestone of meaningfully reducing our carbon footprint is the result of our commitment to exploring and adopting innovative environmental practices, as it reduces costs, fosters the efficient use of resources, and ultimately supports both near- and long-term profitability,” said Faith Taylor, Senior Vice President Sustainability and Innovation, Wyndham Worldwide.

LEDtronics Rolls Out New LED Exit Light Bulbs


TORRANCE, CALIF—LEDtronics announces the EXLT6-4 Series LED Exit Light Bulbs that present a reliable alternative to conventional T6 incandescent exit-sign tube bulbs. Brighter, longer lasting, more power-efficient and maintenance-free, the EXLT6-4 Series of exit-sign bulbs offers a sensible choice when it comes to replacing energy-hungry, short-lived and breakage-prone old-technology incandescent bulbs.

Wattstopper Launches Optional Neutral Occupancy Sensors


SANTA CLARA, CALIF.—WattStopper has launched a line of optional neutral occupancy sensors that let installers decide whether or not they need a neutral after they purchase a wall switch product. Because the sensors work for two-wire or three-wire applications, one device is compatible with 2011 NEC requirements and with existing wiring. Unlike competitive products, they require no special configuration, saving time for contractors, preventing miswiring and simplifying ordering.

Scott Miller, Caesars Entertainment Featured in Showtime’s ‘Years of Living Dangerously’


NEW YORK—Hotel sustainability will be in the national spotlight on television beginning May 26 on Showtime. It is then, at 8 p.m. EST, that sustainability consultant Scott Miller will be featured along with Caesars Entertainment Corp. on Showtime’s nine-part series, “Years of Living Dangerously.” The series was produced by executive producers including James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger and five others. The show on which Miller appears was produced by Joel Bach and David Gelber. There are 14 correspondents who conduct interviews during the series. Among them are Lesley Stahl, Matt Damon, Harrison Ford, and Jessica Alba. Miller was interviewed by Jessica Alba. Miller took an interesting career path leading up to his appearance on the Showtime series.

Mermet Introduces T Screen with KOOLBLACK Technology


COWPENS, S.C.—Mermet USA introduces its new T Screen with KOOLBLACK Technology high-performance shade fabrics. T Screen fabrics with KOOLBLACK Technology combine the superior heat reflectivity of a white fabric with the glare control and crisp-view through of a dark-colored fabric.

New Best Western Resort in Malaysia Powered by Sun, Wind


BANGKOK—Best Western International has unveiled a new luxury eco-resort in Malaysia. Nestled among the lush jungle-clad hills of the Malay Peninsula, Best Western Premier The Haven, Ipoh is one of the first properties in Malaysia to use 100 percent renewable energy, by harnessing the power of the wind and sun. The resort also harvests rainwater to use elsewhere in the property. “We are delighted to have been entrusted with the running of this stunning, environmentally-friendly resort,” said Glenn de Souza, Best Western’s Vice President of International Operations for Asia & Middle East. “Best Western Premier The Haven, Ipoh, really does offer what its name suggests: a blissful haven of peace and tranquility set among the ancient jungles of Ipoh. Guests can indulge in a vast range of leisure pursuits, including jogging, walking and racket sports, or simply relax and unwind in the resort’s stunning swimming pools. And the resort’s excellent energy-saving initiatives means guests will have peace of mind, knowing their stay is in balance and harmony with the surrounding environment.”

Cree Introduces LED T8 Replacement Tube


DURHAM, N.C.—Cree, Inc. introduces a series of LED T8 replacement tubes that gives commercial lighting users reasons to switch to LED lighting and stop using linear fluorescent tubes. The Cree LED T8 Series offers 30 percent energy savings and near-universal driver compatibility. The Cree LED T8 Series is eligible for utility rebates.

WattStopper Expansion Adding Jobs, Support in Alabama


SANTA CLARA, CALIF.—WattStopper, a leader in energy-efficient lighting controls, announced expansion of its Birmingham, Ala., office, adding new positions to support commercial building control projects throughout the United States and Canada.

Dometic to Exhibit Its Latest Refrigerator Designs at HD Expo


LAS VEGAS—Dometic Lodging, a division of Dometic Group, a global provider of leisure products for the lodging, marine, truck, caravan, motor home and automotive markets, announced the products it will be exhibiting at HD Expo, a hospitality design event set for May 14 to 16 at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas. At the show, Dometic will exhibit refrigerators, refreshment centers, minibars and safes that incorporate Dometic’s latest design innovations to complement guestroom décor and help hotel chains enhance the guest experience at their hotels.

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