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In one effort to gain better understanding of building energy efficiency, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is searching for a more granular level of building data from the multi-billion dollar hotel industry. Based on data collected from a nationwide survey of buildings (the Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey—CBECS), the EPA developed its 1 to 100 Energy Star scoring system to benchmark hotels, motels, and other lodging facilities on their energy efficiency, and hotels want honors-level grades. But the industry has grown significantly—2014 marked the fifth consecutive year that hotels and lodging added new jobs to the economy, bringing in $176 billion in sales revenue, according to data from the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA). With that growth, the variables for characterizing building energy efficiency are changing as hotels make upgrades to differentiate, attract new customers, and keep old customers. To address those changes, the EPA has partnered with the AH&LA’s Sustainability Committee to overhaul the methodology for the hotel scoring system.
LAS VEGAS—MGM Resorts International has begun its rollout of ZON’s Powersol. Powersol’s solar powered mobile device charging technology is integrated into a commercial grade patio umbrella enabling hotels and guests to seamlessly “go green” while they charge up. Guests enjoy the pool longer because they can charge up on-site instead of going back to their room.
TIANJIN, CHINA—The new Curio—A Collection by Hilton hotel being built in Xiamen will incorporate 24 energy-efficient Otis Gen2 elevators to help deliver luxurious hospitality to guests enjoying one of southeast China’s best tourist cities. Otis, a leading manufacturer and maintainer of people-moving products, including elevators, escalators and moving walkways, is a unit of United Technologies Corp.
WAILEA, HAWAII—Today, Fairmont Kea Lani will hold a Power Up Celebration and blessing to mark the completion of a photovoltaic installation project. The 500 kilowatt, 1,528 panel solar installation generates 845,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, enough electricity to power 139 homes on Maui. The project is expected to reduce the resort’s current energy demand by more than 10 percent and reduce CO2e emissions by 462 metric tons of CO2e annually. This reduction in CO2e emissions is the equivalent of removing 97 passenger cars from local roads per year. “Fairmont Kea Lani’s commitment to social responsibility is deeply ingrained in the culture of the resort,” says Fairmont Kea Lani General Manager, Charles Head. “We are extremely proud to take a major step towards reducing the overall footprint of Fairmont Kea Lani with this important energy initiative and successful installation of our photovoltaic system.” Fairmont Kea Lani’s photovoltaic installation project is in partnership with Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Host Hotels and Resorts, Maui Electric Company, Resort Energy Ventures as the designer and project manager and HNU Energy as the contractor.
WEST CALDWELL, N.J.—Delivering high-performance optics in a new design, MaxLite presents the LED Parking Garage Square Canopy as long-lasting, energy-efficient lighting for commercial and municipal parking applications.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has unveiled a waste and materials tracking feature in its Energy Star Portfolio Manager, which is a free benchmarking and tracking tool for commercial building owners and managers. Reducing waste and reusing materials more productively through sustainable materials management over their entire lifecycles conserves resources, helps communities remain economically competitive and supports a healthy environment. EPA’s Energy Star Portfolio Manager is already used to measure energy, water and greenhouse gas metrics in more than 450,000 U.S. buildings, representing over 40 percent of U.S. commercial space, as well as in more than 10,000 buildings in Canada. Now owners and managers using Portfolio Manager will be able to benchmark 29 types of waste across four different management metrics alongside their existing sustainability management indicators. Types of waste include building materials, glass, paper, plastics, and trash. Currently, U.S. commercial buildings and manufacturing activities are responsible for as much as 45 percent of the 150 million tons of waste in the United States that ends up in incinerators or landfills each year.
LEXINGTON, KY.—Big Ass Fans’ new Haiku Light was engineered to reduce energy waste and eliminate bulb swapping. The Haiku Light delivers three times the brightness of a typical 75W bulb, lasts 30 times as long and uses about one-third of the energy. Ideal for indoor and outdoor use, the LEDs are sealed to repel bugs, dirt and dust so it never has to be cleaned out.
DUBAI, U.A.E.—HMH is progressing well on its ECO Vision 2020 with the aim of reducing energy and water consumption at the various hotels managed by the group by 20 percent year over year. Laurent A. Voivenel, CEO of HMH—Hospitality Management Holdings, said, “We have been conducting regular audits across our properties to measure, manage and reduce our carbon footprint. We have developed practical, cost-effective strategies to reduce our carbon footprint by upgrading infrastructure and changing behaviors. Actions such as these are critical to mitigating the devastating impact of climate change on people and nature.”
NATIONAL REPORT—With many areas of the United States experiencing from abnormally dry to exceptional drought conditions this summer, many hoteliers are taking a close look at opportunities for water savings. One area of operations where there is an opportunity to reduce water use significantly is the laundry. At least two companies—P&G Professional and Ecolab USA—are gaining traction with programs that not only save water but also reduce energy consumption and extend linen life as well. P&G Professional’s Tide Professional Coldwater Laundry System helps reduce the water used in a commercial washer by up to 40 percent. Ecolab’s Aquanomic Laundry Program also promises up to 40 percent water savings. Chris Gaunt, P&G Professional Hospitality Manager for North America, says more than 700 hotel properties throughout North America are now using the Tide Professional Coldwater Laundry System. The system is available to programmable machines. “As with all on-premise laundry products, it’s installed by our service organization so that it is set up perfectly,” Gaunt says.
ROCK HILL, S.C.—HyLite LED Lighting has introduced a new LED tube light as an alternative product to its existing high-performance LED tube lights. This new, normal-brightness LED tube will provide customers a more economical choice in LED retrofit lamps while providing high quality, long lasting illumination.