Energy Management

Everyone has felt the sting of rising energy costs recently. Savvy hoteliers have implemented plans to address these increases. Green Lodging News covers the latest news and trends pertaining to energy management. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.


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IPSO Adds 200-Pound Tumble Dryer to OPL Lineup

4/16/2014

RIPON, WIS.—IPSO now provides on-premises laundry (OPL) managers with the IT200, a 200-pound tumble dryer, to complement the 140-, 165- and 175-pound washer-extractors. On-premises laundry employees can now improve throughput with the extra capacity and have the added benefit of the intuitive OPTimum technology.


White, Green or Black Roofs? Report Compares Payoffs

4/15/2014

BERKELEY, CALIF.—Looking strictly at the economic costs and benefits of three different roof types—black, white and “green” (or vegetated)—Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) researchers have found in a new study that white roofs are the most cost-effective over a 50-year time span. While the high installation cost of green roofs sets them back in economic terms, their environmental and amenity benefits may at least partially mitigate their financial burden. A new report titled “Economic Comparison of White, Green, and Black Flat Roofs in the United States” by Julian Sproul, Benjamin Mandel, and Arthur Rosenfeld of Berkeley Lab, and Man Pun Wan of Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, provides a direct economic comparison of these three roof types. The study appeared in the March 2014 volume of Energy and Buildings and was recently published online. “White roofs win based on the purely economic factors we included, and black roofs should be phased out,” said study co-author Rosenfeld, a Berkeley Lab Distinguished Scientist Emeritus and former Commissioner of the California Energy Commission.


Greenwood Energy Commissions Power Plant at Millennium Hilton

4/15/2014

NEW YORK—Greenwood Energy, the North American renewable energy division of the Libra Group, announced the installation of a 500-kilowatt (kW) combined heat and power (CHP) plant at the Millennium Hilton Hotel in Lower Manhattan. This is the first CHP plant Greenwood has developed for Millennium Hotel and Resorts in New York City, and Greenwood is currently developing an additional plant at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in Times Square.


ASHRAE Standard Helps to Compare Building Energy Performance

4/14/2014

ATLANTA—When it comes to the how-to of measuring a building’s energy use, there is much to take into consideration. Are the measurements of a building’s area—used in the equation to derive energy use per square foot—to be taken from the exterior dimensions or to the centerline of the wall? Since they are normally unoccupied, are storage spaces to be included or not?


Bogota, Colombia’s Biohotel Organic Suites Prepares for May 15 Opening

4/10/2014

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA—Five years in the planning, the Biohotel Organic Suites is just one month from opening in Bogota, Colombia in the district of Usaquen, known as the culinary and cultural hub of the city. The seven-story, 72-room property is “my retirement plan,” says Samuel Huertas, majority owner. Huertas is aiming for LEED Gold certification for the hotel that includes the Green Piece restaurant and meeting space to accommodate up to 150 people. True to its name, the Biohotel Organic Suites is green throughout. The exterior of the building features windows made from recycled glass and vertical “gardens” that help to minimize heat gain from the hot Colombia sun. A 110-panel solar photovoltaic system on the roof of the hotel will supply about 10 percent of the hotel’s electricity.


Ecova Adds Energy & Sustainability Management Platform

4/9/2014

SPOKANE, WASH.—Ecova, a total energy and sustainability management company, announced the availability of the Ecova Energy and Sustainability Management Platform, an enterprise software solution designed to help commercial and industrial clients manage, analyze and report on their resource usage data through a single intuitive platform. The Ecova Platform is the foundation for energy and sustainability management, and provides businesses with the insights needed to increase operational efficiency, reduce costs, and achieve sustainability goals.


ClearEdge White Paper Explains Benefits of Stationary Fuel Cells

4/9/2014

SUNNYVALE, CALIF.—ClearEdge Power released a white paper exploring the tangible environmental benefits that make stationary fuel cells a true “green” energy solution. The paper, authored by the ClearEdge Power product management team, offers a quantitative assessment of fuel cell combined heat and power (CHP), as it applies to commercial building applications with specific case examples.


MaxLite Named 2014 Energy Star Partner of the Year

4/8/2014

WEST CALDWELL, N.J.—The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named MaxLite 2014 Energy Star Partner of the Year. The EPA is recognizing MaxLite for the second time in five years as a Partner of the Year for demonstrating exemplary commitment and dedication to energy efficiency through the development and education of energy-efficient lighting solutions.


Huebsch Introduces New 200-Pound Tumble Dryer

4/1/2014

RIPON, WIS.—Huebsch has extended its product range with the introduction of the HT200, a 200-pound tumble dryer for on-premises laundry accounts. Available with Galaxy controls, the single-pocket tumble dryer can help laundry operators increase staff productivity and utility efficiency.


Master-Bilt’s Master Controller Now Apple iOS Compatible

3/26/2014

CHICAGO—Master-Bilt’s award-winning Master Controller, featuring Web2Walk-In software, is now Apple iOS compatible making remote monitoring and adjustment of walk-ins accessible from any device with an Internet connection including a PC, Mac, smartphone or tablet. The newest Master Controller will debut at the 2014 National Restaurant Show May 17 to 20 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.


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