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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.
NEW YORK—The luxury Park Hyatt New York has opened with an advanced Integrated Room Automation and Energy Management System from INNCOM by Honeywell. The system automates guest comfort with intuitive temperature and drapery controls and communicates with door locks to enhance guest security. INNCOM is a leader in integrated room hotel automation with energy-saving solutions used in more than 1.5 million guestrooms worldwide.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is increasing the options for refrigerants used in various kinds of refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment in the United States that offer better climate protection without harming the ozone layer. This final action addresses refrigerants under the Climate Action Plan that calls on EPA’s Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program to identify and approve additional climate-friendly chemicals.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI—The new Marriott Port-au-Prince Hotel has checked in its first guests. Among the 200 new Haitian hotel workers who welcomed them were young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, and Haitian-Americans who want to share their hospitality skills to help boost Haiti’s tourism economy. The stories of these new associates include Luccardo, who was recruited to work at the hotel’s front desk from the Nos Petits Frères et Soeurs orphanage, and Hermine, who was part of the hotel’s intern program and will be an entry-level supervisor. In addition to members of a Haitian-American executive team, the Haiti Marriott is led by a veteran Marriott general manager who was previously at the Marriott Champs Elysees in Paris. Dignitaries at the opening included Haiti President Michel Martelly and former U.S. President Bill Clinton.
TORONTO—Fairmont Hotels & Resorts announced that it has achieved World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Climate Savers Program targets, reducing its operational CO2 emissions by 20 percent below 2006 levels. In doing so, the luxury hotel brand known for its industry leading sustainability programming becomes the first hotel brand to meet this ambitious environmental goal. WWF’s Climate Savers Program was designed to inspire companies to change their thinking about climate solutions, while also encouraging them to transform themselves into low-carbon leaders. This leaves member companies better placed to avoid carbon-related risks while realizing opportunities within their long-term business strategies. Fairmont joined Fortune 500 companies and other top businesses like The Coca-Cola Co., Johnson & Johnson, and Nike to develop practical, cost-effective strategies that reduce emissions of CO2 and achieve energy efficiency solutions. “According to the United Nations, emissions generated directly from the tourism sector account today for 5 percent of global CO2 emissions but may be higher,” said Jane Mackie, Vice President, Fairmont Brand.
LOS ANGELES—Energy Smart Lodging has launched a website to cater to multi-hotel operators who want to reduce their energy costs. Energy Smart Lodging provides guestroom HVAC and lighting controls, Energy Star rated LED lighting fixtures and Energy Star rated LED light bulbs.
QUINCY, MASS.—Next Step Living’s EcoThermal Filter System has earned the Green Restaurant Assn. endorsement by meeting its rigorous environmental endorsement standards. The EcoThermal Filter System can earn a restaurant up to nine GreenPoints towards becoming a Certified Green Restaurant. This one step can help restaurants achieve 90 percent of their energy requirements.
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