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CLEVELAND, OHIO—Hasek Communications, the Cleveland, Ohio-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes Green Wolf Technologies LLC as a Green Product & Service Directory partner. Green Wolf Technologies is an authorized reseller, dealer, and representative for Telkonet, Inc. Green Wolf Technologies uses the Telkonet EcoCentral software and EcoSmart hardware products to help hoteliers lower the cost of running their facilities without compromising guest comfort.
MONROE, WIS.—Arthur Bartsch, owner of Wisconsin’s Super 8 of Monroe, has spent the last 15 years trying to figure out how to remove inefficiencies from his 54-room property in Monroe, Wis. He is way past the “low hanging fruit” and well on his way to running one of the greenest lodging establishments in Wisconsin and possibly even the entire United States. The Energy Star rating for the Super 8 of Monroe in 2012, the first year he ran his numbers in the Energy Star Portfolio manager? A 95. That means the hotel, from an energy efficiency standpoint, has been performing better than 95 percent of hotel buildings of similar size. Bartsch says the Super 8 of Monroe is the only Energy Star rated hotel in Wisconsin. One of the first things guests notice about the hotel is its 14-panel solar hot water heating system on its south-facing roof. Eight of the panels pre-heat water for the indoor swimming pool and the remaining six pre-heat water for domestic use.
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 it has reached an agreement to provide chilled water to DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Tarrytown, N.Y., with a 30-ton chiller. The cooling system will provide supplemental cooling and greater energy savings to DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel.
MILWAUKEE, WIS.—Telkonet, Inc., developer of the EcoSmart energy management platform incorporating patented Recovery Time technology, announced that Marriott International, with more than 3,700 properties in 74 countries, has selected Telkonet as an Approved Vendor in providing occupancy-based energy management technology throughout all of its hospitality brands worldwide.
NATIONAL REPORT—Wyndham Worldwide’s headquarters has one. So does the Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, Ill., the Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway, the Hampton Inn Elmira/ Horseheads (Horseheads, N.Y.) and numerous other hotel properties. What they all have is a white roof—a solar-reflective white coating to help reduce temperatures inside and out during those times when the building is most vulnerable to the sun’s impact. Having a white coating on a rooftop instead of a black coating can have a significant positive environmental and cost impact, especially in warmer climates. A roof covered with solar-reflective white paint reflects up to 90 percent of sunlight as opposed to the 20 percent reflected by a traditional black roof. On a 90°F day, a black roof can be up to 180°F while a white roof stays a cool 100°F. Cooling costs can be reduced up to 40 percent. Used on a large scale, white roofs can help to reduce the urban heat island effect in large cities, reduce smog and improve breathing conditions.
CLEVELAND, OHIO—Hasek Communications, the Cleveland, Ohio-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes Onity as a Green Product & Service Directory partner. Onity is a leading global provider of energy management systems (EMS) for the hospitality, commercial, education, government and marine markets. The company’s EMS products merge digital temperature control with setback strategies that adjust the temperature to energy efficient levels when a room is unoccupied.
ORLANDO, FLA.—Anyone attending The NAFEM Show from February 7 to 9 with the goal of greening up their kitchen would have found hundreds of ways to do so thanks to the innovations brought to the trade show floor by the more than 500 exhibitors in attendance. The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers event, held every two years, attracted approximately 20,000 foodservice professionals to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Companies touted advancements in cooking, ventilation, water filtration, water recycling, water heating, cooking oil management, ice making, warewashing, food waste management, refrigeration, balers, and even vegetable, herb and flower growing. Many of the innovations were found in the show’s WHAT’S HOT! WHAT’s COOL! new product gallery where more than 125 companies participated. While it would be impossible to mention every company focused on sustainability in this article, here are some of the product highlights from the show. Eden Grow Rooms featured its grow rooms—structured similar to a walk-in cooler—for the growing of vegetables, flowers and herbs.
IRVING, TEXAS—The Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau (ICVB) announces the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas (ICCLC) project as the fifth convention center in the country to achieve LEED Silver certified by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. “We had a distinct opportunity with the design and construction of the ICCLC to create a new icon for the destination that would set a standard, for sustainability as well as for a new category of gathering places, said Maura Allen Gast, ICVB executive director. “The building’s success in its first two years of hosting nearly 500 events is even further magnified by the achievement of LEED Silver, and I am thrilled.” ICCLC achieved LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use, as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. By using less energy and water, the ICCLC saves money for families, businesses and taxpayers.
ATLANTA—Tools and techniques for measuring, managing and improving the performance of a facility as demonstrated by its energy and water use and indoor environmental quality, are contained in a new ASHRAE guide.
WESTPORT, CONN.—Rheem Manufacturing Co. was selected as the 2013 AHR Expo Product of the Year Award winner for its H2AC Rooftop Unit, a restaurant integrated AC and water heating system.
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