Heating & Cooling

With up to 50 percent to 70 percent of a hotel’s energy bill attributed to heating and cooling (especially in limited-service hotels), there is no question that wise selection of equipment is important. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

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Ellicott Selects Telkonet’s EcoSmart Energy Management System


MILWAUKEE, WIS.—Telkonet, Inc., whose complementary business divisions include EcoSmart, an intelligent energy management technology solution and EthoStream, one of the largest high-speed Internet access providers in the world, announced the addition of three new hospitality installations with Ellicott Development Company, Buffalo, New York’s largest commercial property developer.

Polaris Vending Unveils COILPOD Dust Containment Bag


CROTON, N.Y.—Polaris Vending, Inc. announces the launch of the patent-pending COILPOD dust containment bag which is an environmentally-friendly solution for the indoor cleaning of self-contained condenser coil units in refrigerated or freezer merchandiser display cases containing food or beverages.

Mayton Inn First to Use Combined Zeno/Mitsubishi Technology


BUFFALO, N.Y.—The Mayton Inn, a new construction 45-room boutique hotel in Cary, N.C., is the first hotel to use the power of BACnet integration to combine the InnPoint system from Zeno Controls LLC with Mitsubishi’s City Multi Central Network (CMCN). The technology enables property owners Colin and Deanna Crossman to use Zeno’s InnPoint solution to monitor and manage HVAC, lighting and environmental conditions in guestrooms and share the data on the Mitsubishi CMCN.

Westin St. Maarten Adds Solar PV System


PHILIPSBURG, ST MAARTEN—The Westin St. Maarten Dawn Beach Resort & Spa is not only the first Westin hotel or resort in the world—but also the only major resort in the Caribbean—to install and utilize solar panels to replace its energy consumption throughout the resort. The resort’s owner, Columbia Sussex Corporation, enlisted the expertise of Anthony Prall Jr.’s Caribbean Energy Store to design a system to facilitate its 317 guestrooms, restaurants, restrooms, laundry facilities and spa. “There are hotels and resorts utilizing solar power for specific areas, such as heating pools and water, bungalows or, if it is a small property, replacing nearly all energy use with solar,” Prall says. “However, the Westin St. Maarten is unique in that it is a large resort and its ultimate goal is to use solar energy for most of its overall fuel consumption.” Phase One of the solar photovoltaic system has been installed on the resort’s roof and includes 480 Suntech solar panels, with 1,200 solar panels to be installed by 2014.

Ala Moana Hotel Installs INNCOM System


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.

Onity EMS Helps Orlando Hotel Control Humidity, Save Energy


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.

SpacePak Unveils AirCell Hydronic HVAC Distribution System


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 Hotels Save in Several Ways Thanks to Condensate Heat Recovery 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.

ZENO Controls, ILLUMRA Collaborate on Lighting, HVAC Solution


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.

Thanks to Solar Thermal Installation, Cliff House Resort & Spa’s First-Year Propane Savings: 20,000 Gallons


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.

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