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NEW ALBANY, MISS.—Master-Bilt, manufacturer and supplier of a full line of premier commercial refrigeration, has added 2Market Group, Inc. to its sales team covering the Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, West Virginia, Indiana and Western Pennsylvania territories.
TAMPA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Tampa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, has added Solar UV Solutions to its Green Product & Service Directory. As an authorized distributor of the SunQuest 250 solar thermal collector, Solar UV Solutions provides cost effective, energy efficient solutions for all commercial heating and hot water needs. The SunQuest 250 utilizes evacuated tube technology to convert UV rays into heat.
ATLANTA—The importance of building and system commissioning is highlighted in the Technical Program at the ASHRAE 2015 Annual Conference. The conference takes place June 27 through July 1, at the Atlanta Hilton, Atlanta. The conference Technical Program features a strong focus on the design, construction and operation of high performance buildings, refrigeration and the annual Research Summit. Laboratories, refrigeration, fundamentals, applications, systems and equipment round out the program.
KAUAI, HAWAII—The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas, located on the island of Kaua‘i, announced the completion of a multimillion-dollar project to install a cogeneration plant and reduce its carbon footprint in the Hawaiian Islands. The cogen plant will generate electricity and steam for the 18.5 acre Kaua‘i hotel, powering the resort’s eight buildings, heating water in guest villas as well as the resort’s four pools and three whirlpools. It is the first instance in the Hawaiian Islands where a cogen system has the capacity to generate up to 100 percent of a resort’s energy needs. Kaua‘i’s primary source of electrical generation is fueled by imported diesel, and combined with the islands’ remote geographic location, Kaua‘i has the highest energy costs in the nation. The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas, with 346 villa accommodations, is among the largest resorts on the island and thus one of the largest consumers of energy. The resort’s new system is known as a Combined Cooling, Heat and Power (CCHP) system.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, COLO.—FridgeWize, a leading provider of energy-efficient commercial refrigeration solutions, announces the launch of its new website. Visitors to www.fridgewize.com are offered a better user experience with a modern, fresh design and easily accessible information on its energy-efficient products and resources.
NASHVILLE—Leading interior design firms from across the United States teamed with INNCOM by Honeywell to showcase their best creations for guestrooms and public spaces at the HI Connect design event in Nashville held March 25 to 27, 2015. Award winners, designONE studio, VOA Associates, and Chipman Design Architecture featured INNCOM’s Integrated Room Automation Systems (IRAS) with Evora and Modeva switches for hotel lighting and comfort controls in their displays.
BORREGO SPRINGS, CALIF.—Cwc La Casa Del Zorro LLC, the owners of the upscale 42-acre, 67-key La Casa del Zorro resort in Borrego Springs, Calif., recently decided that spending $1.3 million a year on utility costs was unacceptable. Given the resort’s desert location—the busiest time of the year, thanks to the desert heat, is from November 1 until the end of May—the owners decided that investing in solar technology for heating water and generating electricity made sense. So far just a portion of $3 million committed to solar has been spent but the resort is already experiencing energy savings. The first phase of the investment in solar, a 10,000 square foot project completed by San Diego-based Everyday Energy, consists of panels that heat water for five of La Casa del Zorro’s largest guest pools, naturally maintaining a temperature between 80 and 90 degrees at all times. In addition, it fuels hot water for four of the resort’s five main lodging buildings, with the fifth and final building soon to come.
If you had to stay in a hotel room with an unpleasant smell, poor air circulation or loud noises from the air-conditioning unit, you would likely want to change rooms. You might even vow to avoid the hotel or add negative feedback to a review site to warn other travelers. Today, it’s easier than ever for hotel guests to share details of their unpleasant experiences on the Internet using social media. Negative reviews can be extremely damaging to a hotel’s reputation and the bottom line. A successful hotel operation will ensure that service and customer satisfaction are at the forefront to keep negative experiences from ever occurring. One way to keep guests happy is through proper maintenance of air-conditioning (A/C) units, which can cause unpleasant odors.
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS—WiSuite, a leading provider of guestroom energy management systems for the hospitality industry, announced the Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk implemented its WiSuite Intelligent Network (WIN) and WiStat-SS Smart Screen thermostats, following a review of available solutions. WiSuite’s technology helps hoteliers capture energy cost savings by monitoring guestroom occupancy in real time and provides the Hyatt property improved profitability, environmental sustainability and guest comfort.
NATIONAL REPORT—Water treatment for systems such as cooling towers, chillers, heat exchangers and evaporative condensers has traditionally been one that has required the use of hazardous chemicals—e.g. chlorine, bromine, isothiazolinone, molybdate, phosphonate—to control calcium, bacteria, algae, scale, corrosion and biofilm. Because of the toxicity of the water treated with chemicals, it cannot be reused on property. A number of suppliers, however, have developed chemical free or similarly safe treatment systems that allow for the reuse of blow-down water while still providing a means to keep systems clean and running efficiently. Chemical free treatments vary from the introduction of atomic oxygen into the water to the application of an electronic field around piping. This article will examine some of the safer treatment systems on the market and provide real-use examples when possible. Silver Bullet Water Treatment Co., LLC offers a patented technology that creates hydroxyl radicals (a natural non-toxic biocide) when injected into water, killing all bacteria, removing scale and preventing corrosion.
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