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WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Honeywell announced they are working together to deepen facility sustainability by integrating USGBC’s new LEED Dynamic Plaque, a near-real-time monitoring tool with integrated building automation technology from Honeywell to measure and provide performance feedback to help optimize operations.
WICHITA, KAN.—This week Value Place announced the opening of a newly constructed hotel in Columbus, Ohio. The company, with nearly 190 hotels in 32 states, has been on a roll lately. Almost every month this year the company has either opened a property or announced the construction of one. Value Place, a leader in the extended-stay segment, is known for offering an affordable, clean, safe and simple place to stay. What it is not known for is the steps it has taken to be as environmentally efficient as possible—a result of the company’s fanatical attention to keeping costs down. “From our perspective, a lot of the hotel business is top line focused and we try to be bottom line focused,” says Kyle Rogg, President and COO of Value Place. “We are continually trying to find ways to spend less without compromising the guest experience.” Since the opening of its first property in Wichita, Kan. in 2003, Value Place has focused on delivering the potential for the greatest net operating income.
OSHKOSH, WIS.—Following 60 years of hard-mount washer development and innovation, Continental Girbau Inc. recently released its most advanced hard-mount washer line yet. The new G-Flex Washer-Extractors generate extract speeds of up to 200 G-force, offer a highly programmable control, and deliver results using less water and energy.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Those looking for assurance that ozone laundry technology does indeed reduce energy, water and related costs can find proof in study results recently released by the U.S. Department of Energy (D.O.E.) Building Technologies Office. The D.O.E., with the assistance of outside consultants, conducted a demonstration project to evaluate ozone laundry technologies for reducing the energy and water use of multi-load washers in healthcare and hospitality facilities. The D.O.E. report documents the demonstration of two ozone laundry system installations. The first installation took place at the Charleston Place Hotel in Charleston, S.C. and incorporated a system from ClearWater Tech, LLC, San Luis Obispo, Calif. The second installation, by Ozone Water Technologies, Inc., Tryon, N.C., took place at Rogerson House, an assisted living facility in Boston. The Charleston Place Hotel laundry facility consists of three Braun 250-pound multi-load washers and one Washex 90-pound multi-load washer. The hot water for the clothes washers is heated by a natural gas boiler with a nominal thermal efficiency of 75 percent.
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIF.—California Faucets introduces BËL, a multifunction showerhead inspired by classic architectural forms and traditional elegance. The new showerhead design is the latest addition to the StyleFlow family of multifunction showerheads and handhelds that feature Swiss Shower Technology.
EAGLE BEACH, ARUBA—Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts has taken the pledge to be a part of the Water Sense H2Otel Challenge. Water Sense is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) partnership program designed to help save water for future generations. Bucuti is the only resort outside of the United States and North America that has taken this initiative at this time.
OAHU, HAWAII—Turtle Bay Resort, Oahu, Hawaii, has completed the installation of an innovative green roof that covers a total of approximately 60,000 square feet as part of its commitment to environmental sustainability. “We are dedicated to preserving Hawaii’s delicate and natural resources as stewards of the land,” said Scott McCormack, Vice President of Real Estate for Turtle Bay Resort. “We have received positive feedback from our resort guests who appreciate the project’s eco-friendly benefits and are enjoying enhanced guestroom views of the ocean and landscape art atop the newly designed roofs.” The lower flat roofs of Turtle Bay Hotel were completely transformed and “roof-scaped” with intricate, contemporary patterns using river rocks and native Hawaiian plants. The combination of this conservation project’s size and detailed design makes the green roof unique to Hawaii and beyond.
TAMPA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Cleveland, Ohio-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes Xeros as a Founding Sponsor. According to Xeros, its polymer bead technology significantly reduces laundry costs, increases the life of linens, and helps hotels advance their commitment to green operations. The system uses up to 80 percent less water, 50 percent less energy, and approximately 50 percent less detergent as compared to conventional washing.
NATIONAL REPORT—Selecting an ice machine is a major purchase consideration for any hotel manager. The energy used in the average hotel restaurant for refrigeration and ice production is between 13 and 18 percent of overall energy costs for that section. Saving money on these costs not only helps the environment, but also helps the bottom line. How can we reduce energy usage and water usage while still generating enough ice to maintain service quality? Water efficiency in ice machines is based on number of gallons per 100 pounds of ice produced. This can range between 18 gallons to 200 gallons per 100 pounds. Water efficiency of ice machine units can be anywhere from 66 percent all the way down to 5 percent water efficient. Why such a big discrepancy? First, some ice machines are water cooled. Water cooled units are more energy efficient, but extra water must go to cooling the machine without making ice. Conversely, air cooled ice machines use less water but are more energy efficient.
WOODRIDGE, ILL.—Gerber Plumbing Fixtures recently unveiled its new Avalanche CT high efficiency toilet (Model # 21-019). The Avalanche CT (which stands for concealed trapway) toilet features a one-piece configuration and a concealed trapway—both features that cater to a desire for easy cleaning and simple, attractive design.
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