Energy Management

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Civilight North America Releases Broad Portfolio of LED lamps

12/1/2014

CARY, N.C.—Civilight North America is now in volume production with their broad portfolio of LED lamps for the North American market. These LED lamps were initially developed for the European market and have been market-tested and customer-accepted in this demanding lighting market since 2006. Optimized and improved through market feedback from the global lighting community, Civilight’s products are offered in three series—Architectural, Professional and Commercial.


MaxLite Opens New Facility in Anaheim

12/1/2014

ANAHEIM, CALIF.—MaxLite, a leading manufacturer of LED lighting solutions, has expanded its U.S. operations with the opening of a new LEED-certified facility in Anaheim, Calif. The 48,864-square-foot building increases MaxLite’s product assembly and testing capabilities and features the company’s first full showroom on the West Coast. Located in the Anaheim Concourse development at Ocean Circle, the $7.5 million new construction is outfitted entirely with energy-efficient MaxLite LED lighting products.


Hokulani Waikiki Earns LEED Certified Status

11/28/2014

HONOLULU—Hokulani Waikiki by Hilton Grand Vacations Club, which opened a year ago in December 2013, has achieved LEED certification as recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The upscale, urban timeshare resort earned the internationally recognized certification for implementing environmentally friendly construction practices and building systems. “Hokulani Waikiki was built and designed with a strong focus on honoring Hawaii’s unique cultural heritage,” said Kim Kreiger, Senior Vice President Club and Resorts for Hilton Grand Vacations. “This certification further demonstrates the importance and responsibility we feel to preserve and respect Oahu’s land and natural resources, which is part of what makes Hawaii so special.” LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a globally recognized green building certification program that provides independent, third party verification that a building project meets the highest green building and performance measures. To obtain LEED certification, buildings must pass a rigorous checklist of sustainability points that include water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and awareness and education.


LaMar Lighting Fixtures Qualify for New York Incentives

11/26/2014

FARMINGDALE, N.Y.—LaMar Lighting Co. announced that its LED and fluorescent occu-smart fixtures qualify for the Demand Management Program incentives offered by Consolidated Edison Company of New York (Con Edison) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Created specifically for seldom used areas, occu-smart helps reduce energy consumption by dimming to minimum-code illumination when the space is unoccupied while switching on to full illuminance upon occupancy.


Earthkeeping a Passion at Historic Brown Palace Hotel

11/25/2014

DENVER—The piece-of-pie shaped Brown Palace Hotel, a fixture in the heart of Denver since 1892, has been undergoing a green transformation the last couple of years that has caught the eye of many. The 241-room property won the Good Earthkeeping Award in 2013 from the Colorado Hotel and Lodging Assn. and the Good Earthkeeping Award in 2014 from the American Hotel and Lodging Assn. While dabbling in sustainability for a number of years—bee hives have been on the hotel roof as part of the hotel’s Bee Royalty Initiative since 2009—it was in October 2012 when good things really started to happen. That is when Brenna St. Onge was hired as Executive Housekeeper. She brought a passion for sustainability to her job and it was a year ago that she was promoted to Assistant Director of Rooms and Chair of Sustainability.


Cintas Releases White Paper on A/C Cleaning

11/24/2014

CHICAGO—A dirty packaged terminal air conditioner (PTAC) often has to work twice as hard and consumes twice the electricity to reach cooler room temperatures. To help hoteliers select the best A/C coil cleaning process as they plan their 2015 budgets, Cintas Corp. released a complimentary white paper covering the results of two independent A/C coil cleaning studies while providing tips for improving unit life.


Harith Wickrema, Wearing Many Green Hats, is ‘Visionary’ in More Ways Than One

11/20/2014

ST. JOHN, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS—As Chief Visionary Officer and owner of the eight-suite Eco Serendib Villa and Spa on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, Harith Wickrema is adamant about providing luxury experiences for guests that “excite, educate, and entertain.” “Eco Serendib Villa and Spa is proof that you do not necessarily have to sacrifice luxury and modern conveniences to live a greener existence,” Wickrema says. Wickrema, who grew up in Sri Lanka where “eco” efforts were standard out of necessity, readily admits that his property is not perfect when it comes to sustainability but he has gone far beyond what is standard to reduce the property’s environmental footprint. The list is very long and can be seen on Eco Serendib’s website but some of the property’s most significant initiatives include: 69 rooftop solar panels, kitchen appliances that use less energy than a 100-watt bulb and are made from as much as 75 percent recycled materials, a gray water system for irrigation, and three separate 20,000-gallon cisterns to collect rainwater.


Litetronics Completes Expansion Project

11/19/2014

HARVEY, ILL.—Litetronics International, Inc., a 45-year innovative manufacturer and marketer of advanced-design, energy-saving light sources for commercial, institutional and residential interior and outdoor applications—and a company which popularized ultra-energy-saving, long-life screw base LED light bulbs—announced that its largest single expansion in company history is now completed. Announcement was made by Robert C. Sorensen, Founder, President and CEO of Litetronics.


Hay Creek Hotels Now Providing Tesla Charging Stations

11/19/2014

EXETER, N.H.—Hay Creek Hotels is now providing Tesla electric charging stations at all of its properties. “The Tesla stations are a great service to be able to provide to our guests and we are proud to be able to offer this amenity to our travelers,” said Norman MacLeod, President & CEO of Hay Creek Hotels. “We continue to seek ways to surprise and delight our guests, and hope these charging stations make them feel at home, while providing us with an opportunity to contribute to the environment.”


First Ever ‘Net Zero’ Convention Center Expo Area Debuted in New Orleans at Greenbuild

11/18/2014

NEW ORLEANS—The world’s largest sustainable building conference, The Greenbuild Conference and Expo, featuring the first “net zero” exhibit space, was held in New Orleans, October 22 to 24, with 23,000 attendees and 600 exhibitors. The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center helped Greenbuild set up the first “net zero” exhibit space by utilizing the building’s balcony as the location for solar generated panels that powered an on-site microgrid, generating power to the exhibit booths. The Net Zero Zone showcased how booths in the exhibit hall can unplug from the utility grid and operate totally on power generated by solar panels. If any of the power sources are interrupted, the remaining sources pick up the slack, exemplifying Greenbuild’s key theme of resiliency. Owned and operated by Hanley Wood and presented by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Greenbuild is the largest conference and expo dedicated to green building design and construction. USGBC, the sponsor of Greenbuild, is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.


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