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Onity, EcoLodgix & Dr. PTAC help Orlando Hotel & Water Resort Control Humidity to Keep Guestrooms Cool & Comfortable While Conserving Energy
September 17, 2013 @ 3:14 pm
Energy is the lodging industry’s second greatest operating cost with heating, cooling and lighting consuming the most energy. For CoCo Key Orlando, the hot, moist Florida climate combined with the added humidity of the on-site water park created additional challenges for hotel management as they worked to maintain a cool, pleasant environment in all guestrooms while also containing energy costs.
April 18, 2013 @ 5:39 pm
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.—Bluegreen’s Carolina Grande Resort in the heart of Myrtle Beach, S.C., is saving an average of $1,300 dollars a month in HVAC costs and meeting customer needs since installing an Onity SensorStat™ DDC Thermostat system. At the 20-story condominium resort guests enjoy spectacular views of the Grand Strand and warm ocean breezes from their private balconies. The same elements that make this a popular destination also present challenges for energy management.
The Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers: Greening Chicago’s Skyline with Committed Owners, Innovative Technology & Two Very Smart Guys in the Basement
November 6, 2012 @ 6:03 pm
CHICAGO—In June, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Midwest Program joined the City of Chicago in announcing the Commercial Buildings Initiative (CBI)—a component of Retrofit Chicago that aims to dramatically reduce the energy needs of Chicago’s commercial buildings. With the Mayor’s leadership, the owners of fourteen major commercial buildings, with a combined 14 million square feet of space, stood up that day and committed to cutting their energy needs by 20 percent over the next five years through energy efficiency improvements.
July 17, 2012 @ 5:26 pm
CALHOUN, GA.—Since the inception of its recycling program in 2009, Shaw Hospitality Group has reclaimed more than 1 million pounds of carpet from hotel renovations throughout the United States. Through key partnerships with major hoteliers such as La Quinta Inns & Suites, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Marriott and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, this 500 tons of reclaimed carpet has been diverted from U.S. landfills. A commitment to sustainability, attentive customer service and an established reclamation program led La Quinta Inns & Suites to partner with Shaw Hospitality Group in 2009.
High Style & High-Efficiency Plumbing Help Atlanta Airport Gateway Marriott Achieve LEED Silver Certification
June 7, 2012 @ 5:56 pm
ATLANTA—Marriott International has made environmental stewardship a priority for two decades. The company was first in America with a LEED-certified hotel and conference center (Hyattsville, Md.), and it continues to strive for environmental excellence. In 2011 the chain achieved LEED Silver certification for its Atlanta Airport Gateway hotel, which exclusively features American Standard high-efficiency plumbing fixtures.
May 3, 2012 @ 6:35 pm
CONCORD, CALIF.—Hilton Concord, located in the suburban community of Concord in the East Bay of San Francisco, is implementing a significant array of 16 integrated sustainability initiatives designed to drastically reduce the environmental footprint of the hotel while achieving increased net cash flow from operating cost reductions and creating added asset value. The hotel is owned and operated by Interstate Hotels & Resorts. “Investing in these initiatives will not only contribute to the bottom line, but will also position Hilton Concord as a leader in the market committed to environmentally-friendly practices,” said Ted Knighton, Interstate’s chief operating officer.
April 30, 2012 @ 6:08 pm
SAN ANTONIO—The Westin® Riverwalk Hotel—located in drought-laden San Antonio, Texas—recently reinvented its on-premise laundry to save 300,000 to 350,000 gallons of water per month. The remake involved the replacement of water-guzzling washers with more efficient Continental Girbau models and a complementing water reclamation system. San Antonio experienced its hottest summer on record in 2011, contributing to the city’s shrinking aquifer levels and catapulting water utility costs. To combat the drought, San Antonio’s water districts dangled water-conservation incentives before commercial businesses.
Pump-Retrofit Project Cuts Electrical Consumption in Half, Projected to Deliver One-Year Payback for Vermont Motel
April 16, 2012 @ 6:36 pm
MORRISVILLE, VERMONT—Kevin Amyot had serious qualms last spring when contractor Ed Friedrich first proposed a major pump-retrofit project at the Sunset Motor Inn, one of the properties Amyot manages for the H. A. Manosh Corporation in Morrisville. Friedrich’s $13,000 estimate called for the replacement of 18 fixed-speed circulating pumps in the heating system at the Sunset with 10 circulators from the Grundfos Pumps Corporation.
January 20, 2012 @ 5:39 pm
Should continuous improvement be a requirement for carrying on a green certification from one term to the next? I posed this question in a recent blog entry and then proceeded to contact spokespersons for the various leading green certification programs to learn whether or not continuous improvement is indeed a requirement. The spokespersons represented the following certification programs: Green Key Global, Green Globe Certification, Green Seal, EcoRooms & EcoSuites, LEED, and Sustainable Travel International’s STEP. Attempts were made to include the Audubon Green Leaf Eco-Rating Program and Energy Star but representatives of Audubon and the U.S. EPA had not responded as of press time. Why is continuous improvement important?
December 6, 2011 @ 7:01 pm
AUSTIN, TEXAS—Sustainability isn’t just a buzz word in the hospitality industry—it’s become a guiding force for forward-thinking hoteliers who are concerned about contributing to the growing nationwide mattress disposal issue. Hotels, like the Austin, Texas-based Mansion at Judges’ Hill, are choosing to proactively encase their mattresses to not only preserve their expensive assets, but to increase their recyclability. “I’ve never felt comfortable recycling our discarded mattresses because they were too soiled or damaged to pass along to someone else,” says Lisa Wiedemann, the general manager and partner of the hotel. “Now that we have proactively encased our mattresses and box springs, I know I can donate our used mattresses with confidence.”