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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.

Noritz Updates Website with New, Enhanced Product Pages


FOUNTAIN VALLEY, CALIF.—Noritz America continues to streamline its website with two newly redesigned, user-friendly Professionals and Products web pages. Noritz recently added the Noritz University online training portal for convenient access to education resources.

Telkonet, Evolutix Partner in JW Marriott Miami Project


MILWAUKEE, WIS.—Telkonet, Inc., a leading solution provider for reducing energy consumption, announced the JW Marriott Miami luxury hotel has selected their EcoSmart Energy Management System to be installed in 307 guestrooms. Selecting the EcoSmart system offers JW Marriott Miami substantial reductions in energy consumption—resulting in significant savings to their bottom line.

ASHRAE, Indoor Air Quality Association to Merge


ATLANTA—ASHRAE and the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) have agreed in principle to join forces, combining resources to improve indoor air quality in the built environment. Pending a three to six month period of due diligence, IAQA will become a part of the ASHRAE organization while maintaining its own brand and Board of Directors. IAQA will operate independently within ASHRAE’s organizational structure.

Radisson Hotel New Rochelle Investing Almost $2 Million in Energy Efficiency


NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y.—The Radisson Hotel New Rochelle is undergoing almost $2 million in updates to improve the energy efficiency of the 10-story, 129-room property. According to Colby Brock, General Manager of the hotel, the first phase of the renovation included replacing all PTAC units with new, more energy efficient versions with digital controls. The second and most expensive part of the renovation—one costing about a million dollars—was the replacement of the boiler plant with one with digital controls. That upgrade is expected to reduce energy costs by $250,000 a year, gas consumption by more than 35 percent, and emissions by 750 tons annually. “The direct digital control system allows us to have more zones, or more points of control, which enables us to adjust specific areas of the property,” Brock says.

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