Energy Management

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BULBRITE Unveils Super High Power Dimmable LED PAR30, LED PAR 38


MOONACHIE, N.J.—BULBRITE has unveiled a line of Super High Power Dimmable LED PAR30 and PAR38 bulbs. BULBRITE’s Super High Power LED PAR30 and PAR 38 provide all of the freedoms of traditional incandescent lamps and allow these energy efficient light sources to set a variety of moods and ambience for today’s interiors.

Tame the Rising Cost of Escalators with Reduced Operation, Controllers


NATIONAL REPORT—Many full-service hotels use escalators to move high volumes of guests to and from the lobby and meeting rooms during functions. Considering that these types of vertical transportation needs only occur during certain times of the day, escalator operation could be significantly scaled back, while having a minimal, if any, negative impact on a guest’s overall experience. In fact, with proper messaging, reduced escalator operation could actually be a net positive component of a guest’s experience. Hoteliers should analyze escalator usage patterns and simply shut down escalators during periods of minimal use. Encourage guests to walk up the escalator to help improve their own physical fitness.

Rheem Adds New, Highly Efficient Heat Pump Water Heater


MONTGOMERY, ALA.—The new integrated air-source HP-50 Heat Pump Water Heater from Rheem Water Heating offers an Energy Factor (EF) of 2.0, or more than twice the energy efficiency of a standard electric storage water heater. The new water heater qualifies for a federal tax credit as well as many state and utility rebates and incentives. The unit has a storage capacity of 50 gallons and meets the qualifications for an Energy Star listing.

The Allison Inn & Spa Eyes LEED Gold as Opening Approaches


NEWBERG, ORE.—The Allison Inn & Spa will open September 26 in Newberg in the heart of Oregon’s wine country. Set on 35 acres, the 85-room (with 20 suites) property was designed by GGLO, Seattle, and is owned by Newberg-based Springbook Properties, Inc. The owners expect to earn a LEED Gold designation from the U.S. Green Building Council for the project. The Allison Inn & Spa is a four-level structure consisting of 154,000 square feet of building space. The east wing is dedicated to guestrooms. The west wing is home to the conference and event space.

The Jenks House B&B Installs Rainwater Capture System


JACKSONVILLE, FLA.—When the ground gets dry at The Jenks House Bed & Breakfast in Jacksonville, Fla., owners Tom and Ila Rae Merten don’t tap into the city’s water supply. Thanks to a rainwater capture system, they have all the water they need. Installed earlier this summer at the two-guestroom B&B, the system guides water from the garage apartment roof into four 275-gallon storage tanks (1,100 total gallons). The tanks sit on racks in the garage. The roof is 675 square feet in size. One inch of rainfall results in 193 gallons of captured water. With Jacksonville getting an average of 52 inches of rain a year, Tom expects the system to collect more than 10,000 gallons of rainwater annually—plenty for the B&B’s yard and organic garden.

Pennsylvania Awards $2.8 Million in Funds to SRS Energy


PHILADELPHIA—SRS Energy, a leading developer of sustainable solar roofing products, has been awarded $2,805,000 in grant and loan money from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to support the production of its Solé Power Tile system, the first solar roofing tile designed to seamlessly integrate with curved clay tile roofs.

Hilton Asheville to Open with Solar Water Heating System


ASHEVILLE, N.C.—The Hilton Asheville, scheduled to open later this month, is one of the first major hotels in the United States to include a solar water heating system atop its roof. This system will be one of the largest installations in the Western North Carolina region. Water throughout the hotel, including the pool, will be solar heated, eliminating 25 tons of carbon dioxide per year, the equivalent of planting 7,377 trees. The solar water heating system is just one of the hotel’s many environmentally focused features. The 165-room hotel is set in the heart of Biltmore Park Town Square, the largest mixed-use district outside of the city’s downtown. The Hilton Asheville was built to blend green practices with Hilton’s commitment to guest comfort, and was designed to obtain LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Legacy Makes EPA’s 100 Percent Green Power Purchaser List


ROCKVILLE, MD.—The EPA 2009 Green Power Purchaser list identified The Legacy Hotel & Meeting Centre as one of three hotels in the nation as 100 percent powered by green energy. In October 2008, The Legacy Hotel & Meeting Centre launched its Turn On program in partnership with Clean Currents and the EPA, integrating greener hotel products, clean energy, and inviting guests to offset the carbon footprint of their stay. “We are very proud of this accomplishment,” says Eric Siegel, executive vice president of Cohen Companies.

Cooper Hotels Looks to the Sun to Heat Water at Two Hotels


MEMPHIS, TENN.—Executives of Memphis-based Cooper Hotels, the largest multi-unit operator of Tennessee hotels, announced that two of the company’s hotels are the first Tennessee hotels to utilize solar power. Installation of state-of-the-art solar thermal systems that will provide hot water is now underway at the Hilton Knoxville Airport and the Doubletree Hotel Oak Ridge. The energy systems are emissions free and completely silent. They produce energy to provide almost 2,000 gallons of hot water per day without putting any pollution into the air or contributing to global warming. They also preserve natural gas resources. Cooper Hotels plans to further increase its sustainability efforts to comprehensively involve all 10 of the company’s Tennessee hotels going forward.

Swiss-Dex Introduces Its Brand of Radiant Ceiling Heating, Cooling


RALEIGH, N.C.—Swiss-Dex USA, Corp., one of Europe’s leaders in radiant heating and cooling solutions, announced they are bringing their energy efficient heating and cooling system to the United States. The Switzerland-based company has been on the forefront of advances in green radiant ceiling heating and cooling systems all across Europe. The Swiss-Dex system has many advantages over the traditional force blown heating and cooling systems.

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