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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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Flir Unveils New Thermal Imaging Device


WILSONVILLE, ORE.—FLIR Systems, Inc., a leader in thermal imaging technology, announces the launch of FLIR ONE, the first personal thermal imaging device especially targeted at the consumer market. Unveiled at CES 2014, FLIR ONE places powerful thermal imaging technology in the hands of consumers, dramatically extending the limits of human vision and unlocking a full spectrum of practical applications.

Courtyard Mankato Green from the Ground to the Rooftop


MANKATO, MINN.—All that’s left is the waiting for the official plaque from the U.S. Green Building Council. When it arrives the Courtyard Mankato Minnesota will become the first hotel in the Gopher State to receive LEED certification. Considering all of the property’s green features, the honor will be well deserved. The 93-room property, about a year old, is owned by Mercury Investments L.P. Preston Lougheed is the general manager. “As far as we know we are the first Marriott in the United States to have solar panels,” Lougheed says. “It was a big investment.” The 40 kW, 192 panel system on the roof of the hotel supplies about 3 percent of the property’s electricity. Including a monitor in the lobby that provides daily, weekly, monthly and annual savings information, the solar system cost $279,182. With state, federal and utility credits, the return on investment is expected to be about 10 years.

Telkonet Partners with GSE Management & Energy Solutions


MILWAUKEE, WIS.—Telkonet, Inc., whose complementary business divisions include EcoSmart, an energy management technology platform featuring Recovery Time technology and EthoStream, one of the largest high-speed Internet access providers in the world, announced a strategic partnership with GSE Management and Energy Solutions, a leading energy management solutions provider in Mexico.

ASHRAE Publishes 2013 Version of Thermal Comfort Standard


ATLANTA—Major revisions for design and measurement of comfortable spaces are included in a newly published 2013 standard from ASHRAE. ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 55-2013, Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy, combines the 2010 standard and 18 published addenda into a consolidated standard.

Governor Brown Awards Hilton Concord 2013 Top Environmental Leadership GEELA Award


SACRAMENTO, CALIF.—Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced that the Hilton Concord of Concord, Calif., has won a 2013 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA) for its outstanding commitment to sustainability and the environment. Hilton Concord was the recipient for the GEELA Environmental and Economic Partnerships award and is the first Hilton brand hotel to ever win this award. GEELA is California’s highest and most prestigious environmental honor. This program recognizes individuals, organizations, and businesses that have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made notable contributions in conserving precious resources, protecting and enhancing the environment, and building public-private partnerships. “Hilton Concord is a true leader in the hospitality industry and their sustainability project was deemed exceptional for its innovative spirit and value to California’s environment and economy,” said Secretary for Environmental Protection Matt Rodriquez. “Hilton Concord proves that you can support and promote environmental values without sacrificing business objectives. They understand that going green can be a successful economic strategy that can also lead to sustainable growth and development.”

Noritz Unveils Water Heater Sizing Calculator


FOUNTAIN VALLEY, CALIF.—Looking to smooth and simplify the water heater-selection process for both homeowners and contractors, Noritz America has unveiled a tankless water heater sizing calculator as part of its newly updated website. The “Find the Right Model for Me” calculator is intended as the first critical phase in a three-step, online process designed to identify the correct Noritz tankless model for a given application; a qualified, Noritz-trained contractor to quote and install the unit; and all available tax credits and utility rebates to lower the installed cost and shorten the payback period.

Salvatore Hotel Earns $48,988 Check for Energy Improvements


BUFFALO, N.Y.—In November 2013, Buffalo’s Salvatore’s Grand Hotel became the first hotel in the world to benefit from a joint technology partnership between ZENO Controls LLC and its subsidiary Verve Living Systems. Using the wireless Verve Keycard Switch (enabled by EnOcean energy harvesting technology) to communicate with room PTAC-air conditioners and bedside lamps via the ZENO gateway with InnPoint Software, Salvatore’s Grand Hotel was able to dramatically reduce its overall energy consumption.

Adrift Hotel Adding Solar Panels for Water Heating


LONG BEACH PENINSULA, WASH.—Adrift Hotel is taking more big steps in sustainability with its current $48,000 project to add solar hot water panels and rainwater catchment for laundry. The recent announcement was made jointly by Brady and Tiffany Turner, owners of the 80-room hotel, located at the south end of the boardwalk and nearby Discovery Trail on Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula. The project, with construction taking place from October through December 2013, is being funded utilizing Seattle-based Community Sourced Capital—providers of new financial tools to help local businesses access capital namely via community-sourced small business loans. “Choosing to inhabit the far reaches of this continent brings with it inherent striving for sustainability for many of us who call it home,” said Tiffany Turner, co-owner, Adrift Hotel. “With the support of our community investors, Brady and I are fortunate to be the first Long Beach Peninsula hotel to move toward renewable-resource reliance.” Consistent with their vision, the project includes installation of six solar hot water panels on the south side of both buildings.

Building Automation Solutions to Be Showcased at AHR Expo


WESTPORT, CONN.—HVACR professionals attending the 2014 AHR Expo, January 21 to 23 in New York City, will have an opportunity to be immersed in the latest building automation and controls (BAC) technology. From learning about the latest trends during seminars to getting hands-on demos from leading manufacturers on the exhibit floor, AHR Expo is the go-to event to explore BAC solutions for every application.

American DG Now Operating Chiller at DoubleTree Tarrytown


WALTHAM, MASS.—American DG Energy Inc., an On-Site Utility offering clean electricity, heat, hot water and cooling solutions to hospitality, healthcare, housing and athletic facilities, is now operating a chiller to provide chilled water to the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Tarrytown, N.Y. The highly efficient chiller will provide supplemental cooling and increased energy savings. The chiller is in addition to a combined heat and power (CHP) system operating at the property since 2012 that is owned and operated by American DG Energy that provides electricity, heat and hot water.

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