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Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead’s Wes Shirley: Always Chasing, Cultivating Big Ideas

6/30/2016

ATLANTA—It is no coincidence that big projects and accolades seem to gravitate toward Wes Shirley. The Director of Engineering at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead is always looking for something new to elevate the guest experience, cut costs and reduce environmental impact at the same time. Shirley, who fell in love with building and operating buildings at an early age, has been the driver behind projects such as a 50,000-gallon rainwater harvesting system and a 20-panel solar thermal system. This past week he accepted an award for the hotel as part of the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge. Participants in the Challenge pledge to reduce energy and water consumption by 20 percent by 2020. As Director of Engineering at the 439-room hotel, Shirley oversees a team of 12 engineers. He and the hotel’s controller act as coaches of the green team which consists of one manager from every department. Ongoing education of hotel staff is key to the success of the property’s green initiatives. “As hotel staff changes we are continually training our staff,” Shirley says. “We actually start with the new hires but we do training consistently with all our employees. It’s a way of life in our hotel. We also give them best practices for their home.”


Control4 Hospitality Solution Debuts at HITEC 2016

6/21/2016

NEW ORLEANS—Control4 Corp., a leading global provider of automation solutions, introduced the new Control4 Hospitality Solution. Offering hotels in-room automation functionality, along with back-end management software, hotel staff are provided extensive guestroom status updates, whether that is a need for new batteries for a remote control or a mini-bar requires a restock.


Noritz Unveils New Tankless Water Heater System

6/16/2016

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, CALIF.—The new Commercial Water Heater System from Noritz America is designed to speed and simplify the installation of multiple tankless water heaters for plumbing and mechanical contractors. Noritz combines commercial-grade tankless units with system controllers, manifolds and other necessary components and accessories into fully assembled metal rack systems for shipment anywhere in North America.


NexRev Announces Energy Savings of $100 Million

6/6/2016

PLANO, TEXAS—NexRev LLC, experts in improving energy efficiency and reducing utility and operational costs for retail, entertainment, commercial, industrial and institutional facilities, announced the company’s flagship HVAC energy reduction solution—DrivePak—has saved customers $100 million since its introduction to the market in 2008. This amount represents a savings of nearly 1 billion kWh and 700,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of removing 140,000 cars off the road for one year.


UV-C LED Systems: Answer to the Hospitality Industry’s Water Infection Problems

5/31/2016

One of the big factors for success in any industry is customer care and satisfaction. In the hospitality industry it takes precedence over everything else. Customer experience in hospitality is what drives the popularity and hence, the revenue. So the more the customers are comfortable in the environment the better experience they will have. The biggest driver for their comfort is the feeling of being safe. However, recent incidents have marred the hospitality industry with health concerns over water safety. If the Global Risks 2015 Report by Global Economic Forum is to be believed, the spread of infectious diseases is considered the second most impactful societal risk coming just behind a water crisis. It is said that “fear could ruin any experience” and the fear of water borne diseases is only growing. Possibly due to lack of knowledge, most hotel owners do not realize a central treatment unit is not enough to curb pathogens growing in the pipe and tank systems.


Meliá Hotels Says New Serengeti Lodge to be ‘Off the Grid’

5/23/2016

PALMA, MAJORCA, SPAIN—Meliá Hotels International recently announced three new hotels in Africa, Indian Ocean and Central Asia. The property in Africa, the Meliá Serengeti Lodge in Tanzania, scheduled to open in June 2017, will be Meliá Hotels International’s first green hotel. Located on the natural terraces on the southern slopes of Nyamuma, with spectacular views over the peaceful valley of the Mbalageti River, the hotel will be 45 minutes from Seronera Airport in the Serengeti National Park, the oldest and most popular National Park in Tanzania, on the western border of Lake Victoria, considered a World Heritage Site. To be located 700 meters below the peak of Nyamuma, the hotel will offer a perfect viewpoint for the annual migration of one million blue wildebeest, lions, leopards and 250,000 zebras which pass through the valley every year in search of rains and cooler pastures. Meliá Serengeti Lodge will sit on three natural terraces that descend from an elevated plateau, with the lodge located on the middle terrace.


Master-Bilt Simplifies Walk-In Addition Process

5/9/2016

NEW ALBANY, MISS.—Master-Bilt, manufacturer of a full line of premier commercial refrigeration systems, introduces the restructured simplicity of the existing Quick Ship walk-in. Master-Bilt’s updated Quick Ship models provide a more streamlined experience for AutoQuotes users.


The Benefits of Replacing & Retrofitting Hotel PTAC Systems

4/14/2016

NATIONAL REPORT—Many hotels rely on a Packaged Terminal Air Conditioner (or PTAC) system to reliably provide both heating and cooling for individual rooms as well as other areas of the hotel; such as the lobby, meeting rooms and gyms. PTAC units are popular heating and cooling solutions for any single living space such as those provided by hotels, motels, dormitories, hospitals and apartments. There is no need to install expensive and intrusive ductwork to use PTAC units. The units are self-contained and can easily be installed through a wall.


Geothermally Heated Villages Nature Paris Project on Track for 2017 Opening

3/29/2016

PARIS—Next spring, 14 years after being conceived by Pierre & Vacances Center Parcs and Euro Disney, Villages Nature Paris will open 20 miles east of Paris. The resort will be a showcase for green design, geothermal technology and will be based on harmony between man and nature. Villages Nature Paris will open with 916 dwellings, more than two-thirds of which will be cottages and one-third family suites. The dwellings will be owned by individual and other investors and managed by Villages Nature Paris. According to Dominique Cocquet, CEO of Villages Nature Paris, within five years the development is expected to include more than 1,700 dwellings. Villages Nature Paris is expected to host more than 1 million visitors a year on its 444 acres. In addition to places to stay, there will be many attractions including the Aqualagoon covered water park and outdoor lagoon, shops and restaurants, farm, lake, spa and gardens. “We believe we will have mostly families,” Cocquet says.


GLN Adds HotSpot Energy Inc./ARAMA as Directory Partner

3/24/2016

ODESSA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Odessa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes HotSpot Energy Inc./ARAMA as a Green Product & Service Directory partner. The ARAMA PTAC (PTHP) uses a state-of-the-art Mitsubishi High-SEER energy saving DC Inverter compressor to save 35 percent or more in energy costs. The Mitsubishi DC Inverter variable speed compressor technology allows the ARAMA units to accurately match their capacity to the load, avoiding the compressor on/off cycle. The DC Inverter compressor is also much quieter.


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