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BUFFALO, N.Y.—ZENO Controls LLC, developer of the ZENO wireless gateway and universal controller, has acquired Verve Living Systems, developer of energy-efficient guestroom control products for hotels. Verve was the recipient of the “Editor’s Choice Award for Best Green Technology Product” during the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show for its self-powered wireless Keycard Switch. Through this acquisition, ZENO becomes the only energy management and in-room controls provider to support both EnOcean and ZigBee technologies.
DALLAS—The team at Eco Smart Energy, LLC and Blackall Mechanical, Inc. worked together to produce an eco-friendly hot water system called Sun Equinox for the YMCA Town North in Dallas.
NATIONAL REPORT—The hospitality industry is poised for a boom in the use of combined heat and power systems (CHP) due to the low cost of natural gas and the high and ever increasing cost of electricity. Hotels are a natural match for CHP due to their high baseload demand for energy and the ability to efficiently use the heat generated from these systems by offsetting hot water, heating and air-conditioning loads. In addition, CHP technology has become more reliable, remains comparably inexpensive, and creates efficiency. The spark spread is the difference between the cost of burning natural gas for electricity and buying that electricity directly from the grid. In the United States it has never been larger and looks to grow. For the purpose of this article, we are addressing CHP systems for hotels that can take advantage of this spread. The principal barrier to the sale of CHP is finance. The majority of potential sales are constrained by their available investment capital.
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.—When you have 744 guestrooms in multiple buildings, a spa, restaurants, and three 18-hole golf courses—all on 3,000 acres—maintaining a high level of operational efficiency is always a challenge. At The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo., however, the management team has been able to keep up with aging infrastructure thanks to owners who have poured $300 million into the property since 1995. It was in 1995 that renovations began on the historic hotel that was first constructed in 1918. “The main hotel building was built to 1918 energy standards,” says Terry McHale, The Broadmoor’s director of facilities. “It was a huge heat sink. Due to the un-insulated piping in the buildings chases, even during sub-freezing outdoor temperatures, interior temperatures were very difficult to regulate and often much too warm.”
MILWAUKEE—Telkonet, Inc., developer of the EcoSmart energy management platform featuring Recovery Time technology, announced that the company signed a Master Purchase Agreement approving EcoSmart for installation in corporate-owned Motel 6 and Studio 6 locations across the United States and Canada.
PEACHTREE CITY, GA.—To make multi-unit condensing tankless water heater installation easier and more flexible for commercial contractors, Rinnai America Corp. is introducing the Rinnai Tankless Rack System (TRS).
MILWAUKEE— Telkonet, Inc., developer of the EcoSmart energy management platform incorporating patented Recovery Time technology, announced that it signed a dealer agreement with Suite Control, a firm specializing in energy, electrical and entertainment technology solutions in Australia and Southeast Asia.
SALT LAKE CITY—Control4, a provider of residential and light commercial automation systems, announced that the newly built, luxury Montage Deer Valley Residences will feature Control4 smart home solutions. In April of 2011, Montage Deer Valley unveiled the Control4 hospitality solution in a total of 154 deluxe guestrooms and 66 suites within the resort.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Results of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) 2012 Lodging Survey provide strong evidence that the greening of the U.S. lodging industry is continuing. Funded by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AH&LEF) and conducted by STR, 52,155 U.S. hotel properties were polled in the survey that is conducted every two years. Similar data has been collected since 1988. There was a healthy response rate of 23 percent to this year’s survey. While most of the questions were repeated from previous years, there were new questions as well. For example, hoteliers were asked for the first time whether they have energy efficient LED lighting. Averaged over the seven chain scales in the survey, 68 percent said they do. The segment with the most: upper upscale with 78 percent of respondents saying they have LED lighting. Another first time question asked about the presence of electric car charging stations. Only 5 percent said they are providing them. Fifty-nine percent of those responding said their hotels have recycling programs.
NEW YORK—Greenwood Energy, the North American renewable energy division of the Libra Group, announced it will install a second combined heat and power plant (CHP) for Millennium Hotel and Resorts in New York City. This project, which will be located at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in midtown Manhattan, follows the first CHP installation at Millennium Hilton, announced in March 2012.
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