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LOS ANGELES—Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, recently announced a $30 million rennovation—which includes all new guestroom interiors as well as upgrades in the hotel’s meeting areas and its famous pools with a completion date set for early 2015. Known for reflecting a stunning blend of Hawaii’s culture and natural beauty, the upgrades are designed to further enhance the guest experience with a fresh, contemporary island look. Room design updates are being headed by interior architect Robert Barry of the Los Angeles based Barry Design Associates (BDA) who won the account via a design competition. The firm was behind the luxuriously iconic look of the resort’s Spa Grande and has worked on hotels and spas including: the One & Only, Bahamas, the El Conquistador Resort in Puerto Rico, and the Mauna Kea on the Big Island in Hawaii.
PLANO, TEXAS—NexRev Inc., a leading manufacturer of performance-improving energy efficiency upgrades for standard HVAC equipment, introduces DrivePak Applied, an engineered energy reduction solution that leverages variable flow technology with control and monitoring capabilities to deliver operational cost savings in large applied HVAC systems.
NEW YORK—There are just two weeks until the many green activities begin at this year’s Hospitality Leadership Forum, International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show (IHMRS) and Boutique Design New York (BDNY). Events will be held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center November 8 to 11 in New York City. Recently, three NEWH Green Voice Conversations were added to the extensive schedule of sustainability-focused sessions. The Green Voice Conversations will take place as part of BDNY. The first Green Voice Conversation will take place Sunday, November 9 from 10:30 to 11 a.m. The topic will be, “Where Does Your Wood Come from and Why it Matters: Understanding Responsible Sourcing of Wood and Forest Management Certifications.” The guest speaker will be Kathryn Fernholz, Executive Director of Dovetail Partners. The moderator will be David Mahood, LEED AP, GGP, Olive Hospitality Consulting. The second Green Voice Conversation will take place Sunday, November 9 from 1:30 to 2 p.m. The topic will be, “Better Design through Nature’s Chemistry: Why Nature Should be Your Model for Buildings and Products.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Honeywell announced they are working together to deepen facility sustainability by integrating USGBC’s new LEED Dynamic Plaque, a near-real-time monitoring tool with integrated building automation technology from Honeywell to measure and provide performance feedback to help optimize operations.
In today’s cost conscience business environment, the owners and developers of hotels and motels (“hotels”) are always looking for ways to gain a competitive advantage. Those in the hospitality industry may not be aware that they may have significant savings available. Sadly, most are not taking advantage and that money could be lost. The following programs are just an example of some of the savings programs available to the industry: engineering-based property cost allocation; Energy EPAct/179d; property tax reduction; and energy auctions.
STAMFORD, CONN.—Officials of the Sheraton Stamford Hotel recently announced the completion of the hotel’s next step to achieving its sustainable goals to improve environmental efficiencies that help the hotel as well as its community. The Sheraton Stamford Hotel just completed a $200,000 project, in which they upgraded their lighting to LED throughout the hotel. According to a study from the Connecticut Energy Efficient Fund, over the life of the fixtures, the hotel’s increase in LED usage will have saved an estimated 7,412,770.00 kWh. This is equivalent to 3,755,988 pounds of coal not burned, 308,755 gallons of oil not burned, or 882 homes supplied with electricity for one year. “Savings add up fairly quickly,” said Mike Bennett, General Manager, Sheraton Stamford Hotel. “When we use less energy, there’s less energy we have to buy, and that means less waste and more savings.”
WICHITA, KAN.—This week Value Place announced the opening of a newly constructed hotel in Columbus, Ohio. The company, with nearly 190 hotels in 32 states, has been on a roll lately. Almost every month this year the company has either opened a property or announced the construction of one. Value Place, a leader in the extended-stay segment, is known for offering an affordable, clean, safe and simple place to stay. What it is not known for is the steps it has taken to be as environmentally efficient as possible—a result of the company’s fanatical attention to keeping costs down. “From our perspective, a lot of the hotel business is top line focused and we try to be bottom line focused,” says Kyle Rogg, President and COO of Value Place. “We are continually trying to find ways to spend less without compromising the guest experience.” Since the opening of its first property in Wichita, Kan. in 2003, Value Place has focused on delivering the potential for the greatest net operating income.
OSHKOSH, WIS.—Following 60 years of hard-mount washer development and innovation, Continental Girbau Inc. recently released its most advanced hard-mount washer line yet. The new G-Flex Washer-Extractors generate extract speeds of up to 200 G-force, offer a highly programmable control, and deliver results using less water and energy.
WEST CALDWELL, N.J.—Generating significant reductions in energy costs and power consumption for the hospitality market, MaxLite introduces the Wet-Listed Marquee LED Lamp. The 2.5-watt LED lamp is ETL wet-listed and designed to replace inefficient incandescent and cold-cathode fluorescent (CCFL) lamps for outdoor signage applications at hotels, casinos, restaurants, resorts and amusement parks.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Those looking for assurance that ozone laundry technology does indeed reduce energy, water and related costs can find proof in study results recently released by the U.S. Department of Energy (D.O.E.) Building Technologies Office. The D.O.E., with the assistance of outside consultants, conducted a demonstration project to evaluate ozone laundry technologies for reducing the energy and water use of multi-load washers in healthcare and hospitality facilities. The D.O.E. report documents the demonstration of two ozone laundry system installations. The first installation took place at the Charleston Place Hotel in Charleston, S.C. and incorporated a system from ClearWater Tech, LLC, San Luis Obispo, Calif. The second installation, by Ozone Water Technologies, Inc., Tryon, N.C., took place at Rogerson House, an assisted living facility in Boston. The Charleston Place Hotel laundry facility consists of three Braun 250-pound multi-load washers and one Washex 90-pound multi-load washer. The hot water for the clothes washers is heated by a natural gas boiler with a nominal thermal efficiency of 75 percent.
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