Energy Management

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Green Lodging News Adds UniMac Case Study to Website


TAMPA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Tampa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, has added a UniMac case study to its website. The case study focuses on the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club in St. Petersburg, Fla. and its use of UniMac on-premises washer-extractors and tumble dryers. The hotel upgraded its laundry equipment in 2011 with the assistance of equipment consultant Jason Downey of Southeastern Laundry Equipment.

Control4 Launches New Hospitality Automation Solution


SALT LAKE CITY—At Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC), held recently in Los Angeles, Control4, a provider of residential and commercial automation systems, showcased the latest update to its hotel automation solution, which adds seamless, secure wireless music streaming capabilities for hotel guests and improved energy intelligence solutions for hotel owners.

Wailea Beach Marriott Honored for Conservation Efforts


WAILEA, HAWAII—The AAA Four Diamond award-winning Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa located in the luxurious Wailea Resort destination has recently been recognized with the ‘Aipono “Excellence in Sustainability Award”. The reader’s choice award, presented by Maui Magazine, acknowledges the resort’s accomplishment as a top sustainability performer and recognizes its role in environmental leadership.

Hubbell Lighting Launches Lighting Upgrade Program


GREENVILLE, S.C.—In the United States, lighting accounts for approximately 23 percent of a hotel’s energy cost. To expedite and encourage savings, Hubbell Lighting announced a new energy efficient lighting program to cut hospitality electricity costs by 60 percent, translating to a 5.58 percent increase in profitability.

Green Lodging News Adds UGE as Directory Partner


TAMPA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Cleveland, Ohio-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes Urban Green Energy (UGE) as a Green Product & Service Directory partner. UGE works with leading hotels, resorts, and Fortune 500 companies in more than 80 countries, creating distributed renewable energy solutions that cut energy bills and eliminate carbon emissions. The company’s end-to-end service platform includes site assessment, system design, and installation.

El Portal Sedona Installs Green Rooftop Garden


SEDONA, ARIZ.—El Portal, Sedona’s premiere boutique hotel located in the heart of the red rock country of Arizona, announces the installation of its new green rooftop garden. With a longstanding history of dedication to local farmers through hosting open garden spaces to produce vegetables and herbs for fresh and local meals, El Portal Sedona Hotel strives to be at the forefront of supporting sustainability initiatives in its community. The hotel continues this commitment to going green by using its rooftop to install a living green space for guests and hotel staff to visually enjoy, and reduce its carbon footprint. Green roofs carry a rich tradition of creatively using space to absorb rainfall, provide thermal protection, and engage the aesthetic structures of landscapes and buildings. They consist of a partial or complete covering over the top surface of a building with a variety of plants, grasses, and a waterproofing membrane.

Dometic Announces HITEC Lineup of Products


LOS ANGELES—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 the 2014 Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC), to be held June 23 to 26 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

EPA Names Philips Energy Star Partner of the Year


SOMERSET, N.J.—Each year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) honors select organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. For the second year in a row, Philips took Product Manufacturer top honors with Partner of the Year. Philips released a total of 374 Energy Star certified products in 2013, up 40 percent over the prior year, including the world’s first Energy Star certified 100-watt LED equivalent bulb.

RENSON Launches North American Operations


EL SEGUNDO, CALIF.—RENSON, a European developer and manufacturer of sun shading and ventilation system solutions, announces the establishment of its North American sales and distribution network. The company, which was founded in Belgium in 1909 and employs approximately 600 across the globe, is presently growing a North American distributorship for its products, which is initially being established in the Mid-Atlantic, Pacific Northwest, Southeast and Western regions of the United States.

Wyndham Philadelphia-Mount Laurel Adds to Solar Success; Upgrades Boilers, Lighting, Toilets


MOUNT LAUREL, N.J.—More than two years after going “live” with their 756-kilowatt solar photovoltaic (PV) system—a structure based on 10 carports in the hotel’s parking area—the owners of the Wyndham Philadelphia-Mount Laurel are investing in additional systems to further reduce energy and water consumption and costs significantly. Investments involve a switch from heating oil to natural gas for air and water heating, an LED retrofit project, and an upgrade to ultra high efficiency toilets. Rishi Shah, Asset Manager of the hotel, says the current transition to natural gas for heating involves a significant mechanical system upgrade. “We are upgrading boilers and storage tanks,” he says. “It will result in tremendous operating savings and have a payback of three years. We are estimating a savings of $7,000 to $8,000 per month.” Shah says the upgrades will cost $320,000 and are being paid for without any incentives. This past January the hotel’s owners (Shah’s family) wrapped up a transition to LED lighting throughout the hotel, including guestrooms.

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