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With up to 50 percent to 70 percent of a hotel’s energy bill attributed to heating and cooling (especially in limited-service hotels), there is no question that wise selection of equipment is important. 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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AirRevive Completes Fan Coil Unit Refurbishment at Marriott Hotel


DAVIE, FLA.—AirRevive announces the completion of a hotel guestroom fan coil unit refurbishment project at the Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott, a fixture at Newark Airport since 1983.

Seresco Adds Compact Cabinet Models to NE Series


DECATUR, GA.—Seresco USA Inc., Decatur, Ga., a leading indoor pool mechanical dehumidifier manufacturer, introduces the three-model NE Series Compact Cabinets, which are pool/spa room dehumidifiers with enclosures designed specifically for mounting above suspended ceilings and other small, tight spaces. The Compact Cabinet models target humidity control in small aquatic-centric spaces containing physical therapy pools, spas, swim-spas and other small vessels used in healthcare, medical office, assisted living, condo, small hotel and residential buildings.

Green Lodging News Adds AirRevive Case Study to Website


ODESSA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Odessa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, has added an AirRevive case study to its website. The case study details the successful refurbishing and re-commissioning of 167 fan coils at a Marriott hotel—a process that took 21 days.

Solar America Solutions Receives Notice of U.S. Patent Grant


INDIANAPOLIS—Solar America Solutions, an Indianapolis-based provider of leading commercial solar thermal heating solutions, has received official “Notice of Allowance” from the United States Patent and Trademark Office representing the final decision and ruling that an official U.S. Patent will be granted for the breakthrough solar thermal technology at the core of their SunQuest 250 solar thermal collector.

Hilton Austin Chooses INNCOM for Energy Savings


AUSTIN, TEXAS—Hilton Austin recently transformed the challenge of a strict local energy conservation code into a triple win. Their solution added to guest comfort, improved the property’s bottom line, and helped the environment. The hotel launched a $22 million renovation, primarily to simplify guest comfort and boost energy efficiency. Now, the property’s energy management system (EMS) not only meets—but exceeds—Austin’s green mandate.

ASHRAE Legionella Standard Adopted in New York


ATLANTA—With 12 confirmed dead and more than 120 cases of infection due to legionellosis, New York City Council last week adopted legislation that requires adherence to part of ASHRAE’s newly published Legionella standard. The legislation addresses registration and inspection of cooling towers. It requires owners to create and file a plan to maintain equipment to comply with Section 7.2 of ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188-2015, Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems. The standard provides minimum Legionellosis risk management requirements for the design, construction, commissioning, operation, maintenance, repair, replacement and expansion of new and existing buildings and their associated water systems and components. “Standard 188 was published just two short months ago,” ASHRAE President David Underwood said. “Although the circumstances surrounding its use are tragic, ASHRAE is grateful that the standard is available to set requirements to manage risk of this bacteria. We are hopeful other governments will follow the lead of the New York City Council to help safeguard public health.”

ZENO Interface Connects Office Staff to Environmental Controls


BUFFALO, N.Y.—Zeno Controls LLC is putting sensor data in the hands of the hotel staff. Using Zeno’s InnPoint Guest Experience Interface, data that normally is reserved for back-of-house areas is now available for guestrooms. InnPoint uses a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system that collects data points from anywhere in the building and displays the metrics in a programmable graphic user interface designed to optimize the visualization of the data and facilitate response if required.

Xanterra Releases 2014 CSR Report, Sets Goals for Next Decade


DENVER—Showcasing more than a decade of leadership while taking on the challenge of climate change, global hospitality company Xanterra Parks & Resorts has released its 2014 Corporate Social Responsibility Report, defining and measuring its innovative sustainability improvements. The report also announces ambitious stretch targets for the next decade. The report presents details of improvements measured against goals announced in 2004. The company tracks its environmental performance across all aspects of its operations using an ISO 14001 audited program launched in 2002. Xanterra entities include lodges, restaurants, tours and activities in national and state parks, as well as resorts, a cruise line, railway and adventure tour companies. The company has experienced rapid growth in recent years, adding Windstar Cruises, Austin Adventures, Country Walkers, VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, Kingsmill Resort and the Grand Hotel. “As we reflect upon the 10 years of hard work required to meet our initial sustainability goals, we applaud the dedicated—and innovative—employees whose ideas and passion are often behind many of our success stories,” said Catherine Greener, Vice President of Sustainability for the company.

Green Lodging News Adds Best Hotel Products as Directory Partner


TAMPA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Tampa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, has added Best Hotel Products to its Green Product & Service Directory in the “Guestroom/Energy Management” category. Best Hotel Products enables one to reduce in-room PTAC energy consumption by around 40 percent with a thermostat using a combination of motion and thermal sensing technologies. The system, according to Best Hotel Products, is easy to install and allows one to track the health of PTACs.

Green Lodging News Adds AirRevive as Directory Partner


TAMPA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Tampa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, has added AirRevive to its Green Product & Service Directory. AirRevive provides the hospitality industry with an affordable, energy efficient alternative to replacing fan coil units up to 35 years old by re-commissioning existing units to “better than new”. AirRevive’s re-commissioning service integrates custom refurbishment and cutting-edge EC motor technology to reduce fan coil unit energy by up to 80 percent.

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