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Waldorf Astoria, Hilton Midtown, Carlton Hotels Honored by HANYC for Their Green Initiatives


NEW YORK—The Waldorf Astoria, New York Hilton Midtown, and Carlton hotels have been honored for their environmentally friendly initiatives as recipients of the first ever Sustainability Awards, presented yesterday by the Hotel Association of New York City (HANYC) at the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show held at the Javits Center. The Hotel Association of NYC’s Sustainability Committee offered awards in three categories: Environmental Protection, awarded to the New York Hilton Midtown for its comprehensive green building efficiency program; Social Responsibility, awarded to the Carlton for its engagement with the community; and Holistic Strategy for Sustainable Hospitality, awarded to the Waldorf Astoria for its overall commitment to environmentally friendly practices and social programs. “As a leader in New York City’s thriving tourism economy, the Hotel Association of New York City recognizes the significant responsibility we carry in setting high standards for environmental stewardship and sustainability,” said Joseph E. Spinnato, President of the Hotel Association. “We are pleased to present the inaugural Sustainability Awards to three very deserving hotels that are leading the way in green practice and design.”

Carrier Highlights Next Generation E-TAC II at IHMRS


NEW YORK—Carrier Enterprise, a leading provider of temperature and energy control technologies for commercial, hospitality and residential properties, previewed E-TAC II technology from Gree at the 2014 International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show. During the show, Carrier exhibited Founten’s Intelligent Wireless HVAC Energy Management Solution and the PTAC Air Knight air purification system.

NexRev Introduces DrivePak Applied for HVAC Systems


PLANO, TEXAS—NexRev Inc., a leading manufacturer of performance-improving energy efficiency upgrades for standard HVAC equipment, introduces DrivePak Applied, an engineered energy reduction solution that leverages variable flow technology with control and monitoring capabilities to deliver operational cost savings in large applied HVAC systems.

Hilton San Francisco Selects WiSuite’s Energy Management System


SAN FRANCISCO—WiSuite, a provider of guestroom energy management systems, announced that the Hilton San Francisco Union Square has selected the WiSuite system to achieve significant reductions in energy consumption in its 1,915 guestrooms.

How Xanterra's Furnace Creek Resort is Sustainable


DEATH VALLEY, CALIF.—In keeping with its “pillars of sustainability,” the AAA Four Diamond Furnace Creek Resort in Death Valley National Park has enacted a series of initiatives designed to minimize the impact of its operations and of its guests. The resort has put in place programs to reduce waste and water usage, generate electricity and offer sustainable choices to its guests. Those efforts are working as the resort reports solid waste has been reduced by 44 percent, water usage has dropped 19 percent and electricity use is down 18 percent since 2010. In that same time period sustainably sourced food is up 19 percent and recycling is up 100 percent. The single-biggest development undertaken by Furnace Creek operator Xanterra Parks & Resorts has been the installation of a five-acre, one megawatt solar photovoltaic system.

Telkonet Launches EcoCentral Virtual Engineer


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 hospitality High-Speed Internet Access providers in the world, announced the launch of its EcoCentral Virtual Engineer mobile applications for iOS and Android phones.

Hyatt Regency Maui Awarded LEED EBOM Certification


KA‘ANAPALI, MAUI, HAWAII—Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa is celebrating its LEED Silver EBOM (Existing Building Operations and Maintenance) certification, awarded as a result of a long term commitment to environmental sustainability. This certification is the first of any building in the state of Hawaii. The property recently completed renovations throughout the resort, including the pool area, Drums of the Pacific Luau, and dining outlets. Throughout the renovation process members of the Hyatt Regency Maui operations team worked closely with property owner Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. and with third-party consultants Green Building Hawaii to make the necessary environmentally friendly enhancements. “We are so pleased to have been awarded the LEED Silver EBOM status in recognition of our conservation and energy efficiency efforts, as well as our longstanding commitment to sustainability,” said Hyatt Regency Maui General Manager Allan Farwell. “We hope that as we preserve and protect our natural environment in Maui, our commitment inspires our guests to make similar conscious efforts in the various parts of the world where they live.”

BuildingIQ Launches Version 4.0 of Energy Optimization Software


SAN FRANCISCO—BuildingIQ announced the release of version 4.0 of its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution to optimize energy use in commercial buildings. The latest version builds upon the company’s award-winning Predictive Energy Optimization software and offers streamlined analytics, increased visibility into savings and improved managed services—all protected by the security equivalent to that of Internet banking.

Hilton Barra Chooses Telkonet Technology


MILWAUKEE, WIS.—Telkonet, Inc., whose business divisions include EcoSmart, an energy management technology platform featuring Recovery Time technology, and EthoStream, one of the largest hospitality High-Speed Internet Access providers in the world, announce its EcoSmart Technology has been selected for installation in the five-star Hilton Barra in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The EcoSmart system will be installed in 298 guestrooms.

Air Curtains an Approved Alternative to Vestibules


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, ILL.—The Air Movement and Control Association International, Inc. (AMCA International) recently announced that air curtains are an approved alternative to vestibules. Following tests with air curtains in accordance with ANSI/AMCA standards and manufacturers’ instructions, the 2015 version of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) will contain this new provision.

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