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VERNON HILLS, ILL.—Scotsman Ice Systems’ Meridian HID525 ice and water dispenser has received a 2015 GOOD DESIGN award, the world’s most prestigious, recognized and oldest Design Awards program organized by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design. Designed with space, production and installation in mind, the Meridian unit offers premium reliability, time-saving serviceability and convenient cleaning innovations.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Department of Energy announced historic new efficiency standards for commercial air conditioners and furnaces. Developed with industry, utilities, and environmental groups, these standards will save more energy than any other standard issued by the Department to date. Over the lifetime of the products, businesses will save $167 billion on their utility bills and carbon pollution will be reduced by 885 million metric tons. “Just days after the Paris agreement to cut global emissions and create a new era of affordable energy, today’s announcement marks the largest energy-saving standard in history and demonstrates that America is leading the effort to reduce energy costs and cut carbon emissions,” said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. “This rule also shows that strong public-private partnerships can reap environmental and economic dividends and drive technology breakthroughs. These standards are a direct result of the Energy Department’s negotiated rulemaking process which brings diverse stakeholders to the negotiating table and supports industry innovation, demonstrating how government and business can work together to meet U.S. carbon reduction goals.”
NEW YORK—New York Convention Center Operating Corp. President and CEO Alan Steel announced that the Javits Center has achieved LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, the developers of the LEED building rating system. This certification follows the completion of a comprehensive renovation and revitalization. Located on Manhattan’s West Side, the Javits Center is considered the busiest convention center in the United States, supporting more than 17,000 jobs and generating up to $1.8 billion in economic activity for the Empire State. Led by the New York Convention Center Development Corporation, FXFOWLE, Epstein and Tishman Construction, an AECOM Company, the historic renovation has reduced the building’s energy consumption by 26 percent, saving energy costs and improving the area’s quality of life. The building’s signature feature—a nearly 7-acre green roof—is the country’s second largest of its kind and has become a sanctuary for area wildlife, including hundreds of bats, birds and bees. “The Javits Center has become a model of sustainability for buildings throughout the region,” said Alan Steel, President and CEO of the New York Convention Center Operating Corp.
THEALE, ENGLAND—Quadriga, a leading international provider of Internet and entertainment managed services for the hospitality industry, has been working alongside the TUI Group, a leading, multinational tourism company, to create the world’s first wearable technology dedicated to creating a seamless hotel experience.
NEW YORK—Buildings of at least 10 stories in height have the most potential to suffer from the chimney effect if rooftop vents are open at the top of elevator shafts. The chimney effect occurs when heated air is given an opportunity to escape through a rooftop. This can add costs, of course, as makeup air coming into the building through the lobby must be heated. According to Grant Salmon, Deputy Director, Steven Winter Associates, New York, the taller the building, the greater the chimney effect. “In a taller building there is greater pressure,” he says. “The temperature differential also impacts the pressure.” Exposure to wind can accelerate the effect and “tight” buildings can be impacted more. In some cities, New York for example, elevator shaft vents have been required to remain open to improve fire safety. According to a report prepared by Urban Green Council for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), however, a 2014 change to the New York City Building Code allows new solutions. The report is entitled, “Spending Through the Roof.”
NEW ALBANY, MISS.—Master-Bilt, manufacturer and supplier of a full line of premier commercial refrigeration, introduced their new Alternative Industrial Refrigerant (AIR) Initiative which outlines the use of Hydrofluoroolefin (HFO) blended refrigerants and foaming agents to meet the EPA’s Significant New Alternative Policy (SNAP) guidelines.
LOUISVILLE, KY.— Ask a hotel front desk employee or read an online review to learn quickly that temperature and noise are two of the biggest complaint opportunities for guests, and both can result from a faulty air conditioner. Hospitality industry data proves that when guests are not pleased with the temperature or noise of their room, two-thirds are unlikely to return to the hotel, and one-third are unlikely to recommend a hotel.
LITTLE ROCK, ARK.—AirRevive, a leader in sustainable HVAC refurbishment and re-commissioning services for the hospitality industry, announced its completion of a guestroom fan coil unit refurbishment project for the Little Rock Marriott. Marriott engaged AirRevive to refurbish the guestroom’s Whalen fan coil units after the property’s $16 million dollar renovation in 2014. The renovation included upgrading the guestrooms to Marriott’s new design. The only former asset remaining was the 35-year-old Whalen fan coil units.
EXETER, N.H.—New Hampshire’s hospitality industry requires a lot of hot water to clean dishes, provide showers and keep swimming pools comfortable. In a state where many people spend their vacations, ReVision Energy has helped a number of local businesses maintain a financial competitive edge while curbing fossil fuel consumption.
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J.—Recognizing LG Electronics’ leadership in environmental sustainability, Corporate Responsibility Magazine, the leading voice of corporate responsibility, has named LG Electronics USA President and CEO as 2015 Responsible CEO of the Year.
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