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WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Green Building Council announced that it will now recognize energy and water requirements from the Living Building Challenge (the Challenge) green building system within the LEED green building program.
CINCINNATI—P&G Professional, the away-from-home division of Procter & Gamble, announced that the Tide Professional Coldwater Laundry System has been named a 2015 Award Winner by the internationally renowned Edison Awards. This laundry system enables hotel facilities to reduce the energy needed to heat the water in a commercial washer by as much as 75 percent and to reduce the water used in a commercial washer by up to 40 percent. The Tide Professional Coldwater System was recognized as the Silver Edison Green Award winner at the annual Edison Awards gala in New York City.
FARMINGDALE, N.Y.—LaMar Lighting Co. introduces Shade, a decorative architectural luminaire with the energy-saving benefits of occu-smart bi-level lighting technology. Combining an attractive design with functionality, Shade accommodates several lighting needs and enhances a variety of spaces, from corridors and lobbies to offices and retail.
BETHESDA, MD.—As part of its global sustainability strategy to address climate change, Marriott International announced the company’s global energy intensity decreased cumulatively by 2.6 percent over 2013, 13.1 percent compared to a 2007 baseline. Across the majority of the company’s four global regions, energy results continued to decline. In The Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe, energy intensity for managed hotels decreased over 2013 by 3.0 percent, 0.7 percent and 1.3 percent respectively. In the Middle East and Africa, energy intensity increased by 1.2 percent over 2013 as the region stabilized and travel increased. “Our global decrease in energy intensity demonstrates the commitment Marriott International has made to attain its sustainability goals,” said Denise Naguib, Vice President, Sustainability and Supplier Diversity, Marriott International. “As Marriott’s global footprint expands, we continue to look for new ways to conserve energy at our more than 4,100 properties.” In March, Marriott announced water conservation results, sharing that global water intensity in its worldwide managed hotels decreased in 2014 by 5.3 percent over 2013, and 16.3 percent compared to 2007.
NASHVILLE—Leading interior design firms from across the United States teamed with INNCOM by Honeywell to showcase their best creations for guestrooms and public spaces at the HI Connect design event in Nashville held March 25 to 27, 2015. Award winners, designONE studio, VOA Associates, and Chipman Design Architecture featured INNCOM’s Integrated Room Automation Systems (IRAS) with Evora and Modeva switches for hotel lighting and comfort controls in their displays.
BORREGO SPRINGS, CALIF.—Cwc La Casa Del Zorro LLC, the owners of the upscale 42-acre, 67-key La Casa del Zorro resort in Borrego Springs, Calif., recently decided that spending $1.3 million a year on utility costs was unacceptable. Given the resort’s desert location—the busiest time of the year, thanks to the desert heat, is from November 1 until the end of May—the owners decided that investing in solar technology for heating water and generating electricity made sense. So far just a portion of $3 million committed to solar has been spent but the resort is already experiencing energy savings. The first phase of the investment in solar, a 10,000 square foot project completed by San Diego-based Everyday Energy, consists of panels that heat water for five of La Casa del Zorro’s largest guest pools, naturally maintaining a temperature between 80 and 90 degrees at all times. In addition, it fuels hot water for four of the resort’s five main lodging buildings, with the fifth and final building soon to come.
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIF.—ClearWater Tech showcased its EcoTex cold-water ozone laundry system at last week’s Clean Show in Atlanta. ClearWater Tech also introduced NatureWash, a new ozone laundry system for residential and coin operated laundry applications. NatureWash uses the same cold-water technology as EcoTex, reducing energy use by reducing the need for hot water. It also reduces detergent use and wash time.
If you had to stay in a hotel room with an unpleasant smell, poor air circulation or loud noises from the air-conditioning unit, you would likely want to change rooms. You might even vow to avoid the hotel or add negative feedback to a review site to warn other travelers. Today, it’s easier than ever for hotel guests to share details of their unpleasant experiences on the Internet using social media. Negative reviews can be extremely damaging to a hotel’s reputation and the bottom line. A successful hotel operation will ensure that service and customer satisfaction are at the forefront to keep negative experiences from ever occurring. One way to keep guests happy is through proper maintenance of air-conditioning (A/C) units, which can cause unpleasant odors.
CHICAGO—The Langham, Chicago announced that it has achieved the LEED Gold level of certification. The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.
SPOKANE, WASH.—Ecova, the energy and sustainability management company, announced that it has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the 2015 Energy Star Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence Award. This marks the 11th consecutive year that Ecova has received an award for continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. Ecova’s accomplishments will be recognized in Washington, D.C. on April 20, 2015.
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