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EVERETT, WASH.—The United States Patent and Trademark Office granted Electric Mirror patent US 8,835,789 B2 for its invention of KeenT Technology. KeenT is an energy-saving, environmentally-friendly technology that can be incorporated into any of Electric Mirror’s Lighted Mirrors. KeenT has three capacitive touch buttons that give hotel guests full control over eight light dimming settings, including a Night Light. KeenT has an intelligent sensor that causes the mirror to automatically dim after being on for one hour, offering almost a 60 percent reduction in lighted mirror energy costs.
CARY, N.C.—Civilight North America announced that the LED lighting company now offers 11 new LED lamps that are listed on the Energy Star list of qualified products; with 12 additional models pending approval. Offered in three series, Architectural, Professional and Commercial, Civilight’s LED lamps push the boundaries of CRI and R9, while maintaining the efficacy and lifetime required for Energy Star certification.
OAK BROOK, ILL.—Nine months after taking over as General Manager of the Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center, Stefan Mühle is just part of the way toward reaching his goal of transforming the property into a uniquely green destination with a “boutique heart and soul.” Mühle, who co-founded the Sustainability Committee for the Hotel Council of San Francisco, knows a thing or two about greening a boutique hotel. During his time as General Manager, the 104-room Orchard Hotel in San Francisco earned Green Seal and LEED certification. Transforming the Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center will not be as easy as it includes a 386-room hotel, 18-hole golf course, ballroom, amphitheater, outdoor pavilion and 39 meeting rooms. When Mühle began his new job he says the hotel portion of the property’s environmental program “was a bit in shambles.” There was a lack of operational consistency as the property had been under another flag for many years and then had become an independent.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI—The new Marriott Port-au-Prince Hotel has checked in its first guests. Among the 200 new Haitian hotel workers who welcomed them were young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, and Haitian-Americans who want to share their hospitality skills to help boost Haiti’s tourism economy. The stories of these new associates include Luccardo, who was recruited to work at the hotel’s front desk from the Nos Petits Frères et Soeurs orphanage, and Hermine, who was part of the hotel’s intern program and will be an entry-level supervisor. In addition to members of a Haitian-American executive team, the Haiti Marriott is led by a veteran Marriott general manager who was previously at the Marriott Champs Elysees in Paris. Joined by Haiti President Michel Martelly and former U.S. President Bill Clinton at a celebration ceremony, Digicel Group Chairman and Founder Denis O’Brien and Marriott International President-Caribbean & Latin America Region Craig S. Smith thanked the Kier Construction Company workers, sub-contractors and skilled Haitian construction workers who built the hotel and the Marriott associates who will host its guests.
SPOKANE, WASH.—Ecova, the total energy and sustainability management company, and Lucid, maker of the operating system for commercial building technology, announced that they are partnering to deliver a best-in-class technology solution for facility and energy management. By aligning Ecova’s utility data and service offerings with Lucid’s BuildingOS centralized platform that supports over 150 technology integrations for real-time building data, this new solution will provide a complete view of building performance and effectively enable energy efficiency across entire building portfolios.
CHICAGO—More energy-efficient elevators can significantly reduce the costs of operating a building, but the information needed to help building owners identify the appropriate elevator system—and the savings associated with it—aren’t readily available, according to a new study published by a leading policy group. The study, by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, was published with the support of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, the parent organization of Otis, the world’s largest manufacturer and maintainer of people-moving products. Elevators and escalators make up 2 to 5 percent of the energy used in most buildings, but can reach as high as 50 percent during peak operational times. At 5 percent, that means the yearly energy consumption of U.S. elevators is approximately five times of that used in all of Washington D.C. The technology exists today to reduce that consumption by 40 percent or more, especially by cutting energy use between trips, when an elevator is idle, according to the study.
ATLANTA—A newly revised standard from ASHRAE and IES seeks to provide greater guidance and a more comprehensive approach to retrofit of existing buildings for increased energy efficiency. ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 100-2015, Energy Efficiency in Existing Buildings, provides comprehensive and detailed descriptions of the processes and procedures for the retrofit of existing residential and commercial buildings in order to achieve greater measured energy efficiency. Appendices are included for lifecycle cost analysis procedures as well as identification of potential energy conservation measures.
NATIONAL REPORT—The Association of Green Property Owners and Managers (AGPOM), along with the International Tourism Partnership (ITP), are planning several educational webinars. The first one, “How to measure and report your carbon footprint using the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative (HCMI) methodology,” will take place on Tuesday, March 17.
MUSKEGON, MICH.—EarthTronics introduces a new 12-watt LED, LPD12/G24Q/830 to easily replace 18-watt G24q-2 base compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) that increases energy savings and performance life. Saving 33 percent more energy than the CFLs, the LED Plug In illuminates identically to the CFL it replaces. The lamp produces 1100 lumens and works directly on existing instant start electronic ballasts for easy “plug and play” installation. No rewiring is necessary.
TORONTO—Fairmont Hotels & Resorts announced that it has achieved World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Climate Savers Program targets, reducing its operational CO2 emissions by 20 percent below 2006 levels. In doing so, the luxury hotel brand known for its industry leading sustainability programming becomes the first hotel brand to meet this ambitious environmental goal. WWF’s Climate Savers Program was designed to inspire companies to change their thinking about climate solutions, while also encouraging them to transform themselves into low-carbon leaders. This leaves member companies better placed to avoid carbon-related risks while realizing opportunities within their long-term business strategies. Fairmont joined Fortune 500 companies and other top businesses like The Coca-Cola Co., Johnson & Johnson, and Nike to develop practical, cost-effective strategies that reduce emissions of CO2 and achieve energy efficiency solutions. “According to the United Nations, emissions generated directly from the tourism sector account today for 5 percent of global CO2 emissions but may be higher,” said Jane Mackie, Vice President, Fairmont Brand.
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