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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OKLAHOMA CITY—ClimateMaster will showcase the latest in its Tranquility line of geothermal and water-source heat pumps, including the first geothermal heat pump product line integrating digital communicating controls, at Greenbuild 2013 booth No. 2401, November 20 to 22 in Philadelphia.
NATIONAL REPORT—Getting guests to forego linen laundering is one way to reduce linen-related costs and their associated environmental footprint. Another way is to choose linen that is inherently environmentally advantageous—in other words, its reduced footprint is built into its very fibers. Still another way is to choose a supplier that not only is concerned about the product itself but also the supply chain behind it, how it is made, and what happens to it at the end of its life. When considering environmental impact, there is no perfect sheet or pillow case. Cotton, unless it is certified organic, requires a significant amount of herbicides and pesticides to grow and maintain. As versatile as polyester is, it is petroleum-derived. Fortunately, through research and testing, suppliers have figured out ways to at least reduce the environmental impact of their products and, in some cases, even introduce new fiber types into their textile blends—those made from eucalyptus or beech trees, for example.
MILWAUKEE, WIS.—Telkonet, Inc., whose business divisions include EcoSmart, an intelligent energy management system and EthoStream, one of the largest high-speed Internet access providers in the world, has introduced its EcoInsight intelligent thermostat.
WALTHAM, MASS.—American DG Energy Inc., a leading On-Site Utility, offering clean electricity, heat, hot water and cooling solutions to hospitality, healthcare, housing and athletic facilities, announced that its primary supplier of equipment was recently awarded a patent for lower emissions on all of their combined heat and power (CHP) and chiller systems.
CLEVELAND, OHIO—Hasek Communications, the Cleveland, Ohio-based publisher of Green Lodging News, has added an Onity case study to its Vendor Case Studies section. The case study details Onity’s installation of an energy management system at the CoCo Key Hotel and Water Resort in Orlando, Fla.
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