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BUFFALO, N.Y.—Collaboration between technology partners Zeno Controls LLC and ILLUMRA has resulted in the development and release of a new hotel network solution called InnPoint. The new software/hardware configuration is designed to remotely facilitate the control of room lighting, heating and cooling for improved energy savings.
OQUNQUIT, MAINE—A year after installing one of Maine’s largest solar thermal projects, The Cliff House Resort & Spa reports saving 20,000 gallons of propane, 82 percent more than originally projected. Owner Kathryn Weare anticipated saving 11,000 gallons of propane based on equipment specifications and is pleased with the nearly double first-year results. Located on a cliff abutting the Atlantic Ocean, the resort’s solar panels productivity benefits from the reflective surface of the water. The installation comprising 2,100 tubes on 70 collectors was initially estimated to provide solar-heated water for the 32 guestrooms in Cliff Spa, the spa building along with the entire spa facility and common area heat. Now the solar collectors heat the spa building as well as the 104 guestrooms and kitchen facilities in the resort’s original Cliffscape building. The energy created from the solar thermal system is equivalent to that required for generating hot water for about 50 households a year. Other green initiatives include energy efficient lighting and natural cork flooring.
BOWLING GREEN, OHIO—Systems Associates Inc. (SAI), a provider of building automation systems for energy management and hotel maintenance, announces the acquisition of Scientific Control Systems (SCS). As a distributor of SAI’s CONTROLIQ energy-management solution and owner of the Scientific Atlanta hotel property-management system interface, this acquisition is positioning SAI to serve as a comprehensive resource for building automation.
CAMBRIDGE, OHIO—On a day very soon Ohio State Park Lodges will be buying most of the food served in its restaurants from sustainable sources, generating zero hazardous waste and significantly decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. At least that is the goal for five Ohio State Park Lodges operated by concessioner Xanterra Parks & Resorts. “Our sustainability practices permeate every aspect of our operations—rooms, restaurants, gift shops, swimming pools, marinas—you name it, and as new technologies and products become available, we take a fresh look at what we are doing to see if we can improve upon it,” said Greg Woodland, regional manager of Ohio State Park Lodges and Punderson State Park Lodge in northeast Ohio near Newbury, Ohio. “And although we have made significant progress over a period of many years, we know there are always more improvements to be made. We take our mission of providing legacy hospitality with a softer footprint very seriously.” An example of Xanterra’s expanding sustainability strategies can be found in the five lodges.
ATLANTA—Onity, a leading provider of electronic locks and energy management solutions, has been selected by Larson Companies to provide the Onity SensorStat DDC Energy Management System (EMS) to a new full-service Holiday Inn in Eau Claire, Wis. Onity is part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp.
NEW ORLEANS—At the 2013 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), Panasonic Eco Products Division introduced the WhisperRecessed LED, providing builders, remodelers and architects with an efficient ventilation option, complete with an elegant design. Available starting August 2013, the WhisperRecessed will be offered with a 10W LED lamp.
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA—Ellerman House has launched an initiative to become Cape Town’s most eco-friendly boutique hotel. Through newly implemented green projects such as solar panels, LED light bulbs, heat pumps, earthworm farms and recycling systems, the property aims to be Cape Town’s leader in eco-friendly luxury hospitality by September 2013. In order to measure the carbon footprint for the entire property, including the main house, villas, spa, art gallery and all administrative housing and offices, Ellerman House hired an energy efficiency company, BrightBlack, as a consultant and to administer extensive energy testing.
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA—Mario and Annemarie Delicio of Dematech are the owners behind Hotel Verde. Dedicated and passionate about sustainability, they have transformed what was initially just a sensible business proposition into a showcase for some of the most advanced environmentally conscious technological installations as well as construction and operation practices in the world. “We have a responsibility as a company, as an employer and as a visitor on this planet to live as sustainably as possible,” says Mario Delicio. “This is the only way we can survive long-term and hand over to our children in a responsible manner.” Construction on Hotel Verde, which is a part of the recently launched BON Hotels group, began more than a year ago just outside Cape Town International Airport. “If you look at what can be done from a green angle you look at energy, water and waste reduction,” Delicio explains. “You then take each of these areas and work out how to implement alternatives, generating your own electricity for example.”
MILWAUKEE, WIS.—Green Wolf Technologies, LLC, a partner and reseller of the Telkonet Energy Management System focused at the hotel, resort, and university residence hall market, has been approved as a United States Value Added Reseller for Islandaire.
DECATUR, GA.—Seresco USA Inc., a leading manufacturer of HVAC indoor air quality equipment, has introduced WebSentry Mobile, the HVAC industry’s first “smart phone” web app allowing facility managers and service contractors remote monitoring and programming functions for Seresco commercial indoor pool dehumidifiers.
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