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RIPON, WIS.—UniMac, a leading provider of on-premises laundry equipment, has unveiled its redesigned UW 85-160-pound hardmount washer-extractors. “Our renowned UW45 and 65 hardmount washer-extractors design has now been extended to complete our UW series and meet the demand for larger capacities,” said Bill Brooks, National Sales Manager for UniMac. “Our 85- and 160-pound machines are equipped with cutting-edge technologies that competitors simply cannot deliver, maximizing throughput and saving more on utility costs than ever before.”
NATIONAL REPORT—There are a large number of new and updated tax incentives available to hotel owners. These benefits take the shape of conventional tax incentives, such as cost segregation, as well as incentives encouraging the saving of energy, like the alternative energy credits and the proposed extension of Section 179D, Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings Tax Deduction. If used in conjunction, these tax incentives can assist in reducing the cost of hotel ownership. Cost segregation is a method of accounting that allows for hotel owners to take advantage of the time value of money. Normally, building property is depreciated over 39 years, meaning owners are able to take an annual 1/39th tax deduction of an item’s cost over each of the 39 years. Cost segregation allows hotel owners to categorize some building property along faster depreciation schedules, such as personal property (5- or 7-year), land improvements (15 year) or soft costs (distributed evenly across all categories). This allows an owner to realize these deductions faster.
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, ILL.—The Air Movement and Control Association International, Inc. (AMCA International) recently announced that air curtains are an approved alternative to vestibules. Following tests with air curtains in accordance with ANSI/AMCA standards and manufacturers’ instructions, the 2015 version of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) will contain this new provision.
BETHESDA, MD.—Marriott International, Inc. released its 2014 Sustainability Report—available this year as 10 separate and concise issue reports—sharing the company’s progress against a 2007 baseline, including a nearly 13 percent decrease in water intensity, 11 percent decrease in energy intensity, and a 12 percent decrease in greenhouse gas emissions intensity. One of Marriott’s key environmental goals is to achieve a 20 percent reduction in energy and water intensity by 2020. “Our sustainability strategy is critical to the growth and success of our communities, our company, and our efforts to help protect our planet’s natural resources,” said Arne Sorenson, President and CEO of Marriott International. The Green Hotels Global tool used by Marriott International worldwide helps drive the company’s sustainability efforts and transparency, and was made a brand standard in 2013. The tool tracks the environmental footprint of each hotel in the company’s portfolio, including water and energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, recycling and over 100 property-level environmental practices.
REDMOND, WASH.—Alerton has appointed HVAC and building controls industry veteran Dwayne Wright as its new sales director. Wright comes to Honeywell’s Alerton business with 31 years of experience in engineering and sales of technically complex equipment, both domestically and internationally. In his previous position, Wright was a regional sales manager for Honeywell, where he led a sales team serving original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).
NEW YORK—The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has announced a new partnership that will expand innovative clean-energy project financing to all of New York State for commercial, industrial and multifamily buildings to help them become more competitive and cost-effective by decreasing their energy costs. Through the partnership, NYSERDA is providing approximately $1 million to the Energy Improvement Corporation (EIC) to jumpstart its Energize NY Finance program in the State over the next two years. The Energize NY Finance program uses Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy Finance (PACE) and property tax laws to provide long-term, market-rate financing for clean energy commercial and multifamily building improvements. Combining this innovative financing mechanism with community outreach helps to overcome the two most significant barriers to expansion of clean energy projects—lack of market knowledge and lack of financing capital. “New York State businesses now have access to another innovative financing option, as the State transforms markets and removes barriers to clean-energy project development,” said John B. Rhodes, President and CEO, NYSERDA.
BAKERSFIELD, CALIF.—REC Solar, a leader in commercial solar electric system design and installation, announced it has completed a 102 kilowatt array for The Hampton Inn & Suites Bakersfield North-Airport, a subsidiary of Hilton Hotels, in Bakersfield, Calif. The carport-mounted installation will offset 44 percent of the electricity costs for the 94-room hotel, saving up to $8,800 per month. The installation reflects the company’s ongoing commitment to accelerating solar deployment with hospitality customers.
FARMINGDALE, N.Y.—LaMar Lighting Co. has launched a new website for its occu-smart line of motion sensor controlled bi-level lighting. Designed to serve as a resource for architects, lighting designers, electricians and facility managers, the website educates about occu-smart’s benefits, offers tools to calculate energy and cost savings, and provides installation and troubleshooting tips.
LAKE PLACID, N.Y.—Guests at the new Lake House at High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid can opt out of daily housekeeping services. In addition to significant reduction in the use of chemicals and their disposal, guests will earn a $5 daily credit which can be applied at the Bar at Lake House, or in Dancing Bears Restaurant at High Peaks Resort. Alternatively, the guest credit may be donated to the Mirror Lake Watershed Assn., which works to preserve the pristine beauty of Mirror Lake. “It is important for all of us who live and work in Lake Placid to help protect and preserve our natural resources,” said Matthew Wheeler, General Manager of Lake House. “So we have found a way for our guests to conserve too, and perhaps even contribute to the preservation of our local surroundings. All you need to do is dial the ‘service at its peak button’ from your in-room telephone, and you can request participation in our easy yet vitally important program.”
HOUSTON—The new strategic alliance between Green Power Offsets, a provider of single-source renewable energy credits (RECs), and impactChoice, a provider of turnkey sustainability solutions, will provide U.S. companies with tools and services needed to set and achieve carbon reduction goals.
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