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HONOLULU—Ala Moana Hotel has installing an INNCOM system to reduce its environmental footprint. The system automatically reduces cooling and energy consumption by using sensors to monitor when guests leave their room. The energy management system was installed in each of Ala Moana Hotel’s 1,176 guestrooms.
ATLANTA—Onity, one of the world’s leading providers of electronic locks and energy management solutions, is helping to manage humidity in guestrooms at the CoCo Key Hotel and Water Resort-Orlando with the Onity SensorStat DDC Energy Management System (EMS) and the web-based InnGENIUS monitoring system, by EcoLodgix. Onity is part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp.
WESTFIELD, MASS.—Leading HVAC systems supplier SpacePak has announced the introduction of AirCell, a new hydronic distribution system for commercial and residential applications. AirCell is a modular, compact, high-efficiency air-distribution module that allows refrigerants to remain outside of the building and uses 30 percent less energy than traditional fan-based HVAC systems.
BOSTON—Owners of several Boston hotels are wisely investing in heat recovery systems to eliminate the inefficiencies inherent in the steam systems they use to heat their buildings. The result of their investments is annual savings of tens of thousands of dollars in energy, water and sewer costs, and a reduced carbon footprint. According to Alex Alexandrovich, president of Baker Engineering & Controls, Inc., Needham, Mass., commercial buildings—including hotels—in at least 17 U.S. cities and one in Canada receive steam from an outside provider to heat buildings. Condensate generated from the steam that is 212 degrees (F) must first be tempered with city water down to 140 degrees F before it is released into the sewage system. Not only is the heat from the steam wasted but water is also wasted in the cooling process. There are also sewage fees to pay. “In essence companies are paying for the energy to heat it up and then paying for the water to cool it down before it can be discharged,” Alexandrovich says.
BUFFALO, N.Y.—Collaboration between technology partners Zeno Controls LLC and ILLUMRA has resulted in the development and release of a new hotel network solution called InnPoint. The new software/hardware configuration is designed to remotely facilitate the control of room lighting, heating and cooling for improved energy savings.
OQUNQUIT, MAINE—A year after installing one of Maine’s largest solar thermal projects, The Cliff House Resort & Spa reports saving 20,000 gallons of propane, 82 percent more than originally projected. Owner Kathryn Weare anticipated saving 11,000 gallons of propane based on equipment specifications and is pleased with the nearly double first-year results. Located on a cliff abutting the Atlantic Ocean, the resort’s solar panels productivity benefits from the reflective surface of the water. The installation comprising 2,100 tubes on 70 collectors was initially estimated to provide solar-heated water for the 32 guestrooms in Cliff Spa, the spa building along with the entire spa facility and common area heat. Now the solar collectors heat the spa building as well as the 104 guestrooms and kitchen facilities in the resort’s original Cliffscape building. The energy created from the solar thermal system is equivalent to that required for generating hot water for about 50 households a year.
BOWLING GREEN, OHIO—Systems Associates Inc. (SAI), a provider of building automation systems for energy management and hotel maintenance, announces the acquisition of Scientific Control Systems (SCS). As a distributor of SAI’s CONTROLIQ energy-management solution and owner of the Scientific Atlanta hotel property-management system interface, this acquisition is positioning SAI to serve as a comprehensive resource for building automation.
CAMBRIDGE, OHIO—On a day very soon Ohio State Park Lodges will be buying most of the food served in its restaurants from sustainable sources, generating zero hazardous waste and significantly decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. At least that is the goal for five Ohio State Park Lodges operated by concessioner Xanterra Parks & Resorts. “Our sustainability practices permeate every aspect of our operations—rooms, restaurants, gift shops, swimming pools, marinas—you name it, and as new technologies and products become available, we take a fresh look at what we are doing to see if we can improve upon it,” said Greg Woodland, regional manager of Ohio State Park Lodges and Punderson State Park Lodge in northeast Ohio near Newbury, Ohio. “And although we have made significant progress over a period of many years, we know there are always more improvements to be made. We take our mission of providing legacy hospitality with a softer footprint very seriously.” An example of Xanterra’s expanding sustainability strategies can be found in the five lodges.
ATLANTA—Onity, a leading provider of electronic locks and energy management solutions, has been selected by Larson Companies to provide the Onity SensorStat DDC Energy Management System (EMS) to a new full-service Holiday Inn in Eau Claire, Wis. Onity is part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp.
NEW ORLEANS—At the 2013 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), Panasonic Eco Products Division introduced the WhisperRecessed LED, providing builders, remodelers and architects with an efficient ventilation option, complete with an elegant design. Available starting August 2013, the WhisperRecessed will be offered with a 10W LED lamp.
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