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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.
MANCHESTER, N.H.—Xeros, the innovator of an ultra-low water laundry system, announced recently that it is helping five California-based businesses reduce water usage by up to 80 percent in their laundry operations. To put this in context, laundry operations in hotels represent 20 percent of their overall water usage. The California Althletic Club, Stanford Park Hotel, Quality Inn Petaluma, Fairfield Inn Sebastopol, and Hilton Universal are all using the Xeros polymer bead laundry systems.
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.
LOS ANGELES—Acclaim Lighting, a leader in innovation and advanced lighting technology, introduces Dyna Drum SO, a high-output, compact outdoor LED flood fixture for large scale façade lighting, as well as area flood lighting.
SANTA CLARA, CALIF.—Green Charge Networks, the largest provider of commercial energy storage in the United States, named Mark Triplett as its Chief Operating Officer. As COO, Triplett will oversee sales, marketing, and operations. He brings more than 20 years of enterprise software, utility, smart grid and demand response experience to Green Charge most recently leading the “Demand Response Management Systems” product line worldwide for Alstom Grid, a global leader in utility infrastructure and control room hardware and software.
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.
SPOKANE, WASH.—Ecova, a total energy and sustainability management company, released a report with the results of its survey calculating the value of energy management systems (EMS). The report, titled “EMS Survey Analysis, Findings from Industry Professionals,” summarizes the findings from a survey of nearly 200 multi-site companies, across multiple industries, to better understand how companies select, manage and maintain an EMS and how they utilize real-time telemetry data.
LONGMONT, COLO.—TERRALUX recently debuted its SL fixture series. The SL Fixture Line is a significant upgrade for tired and flickering stairwell and garage lights. Energy use can be reduced by as much as 80 percent, as stairwells and garages are illuminated 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and are not frequently occupied spaces in commercial buildings.
SANTA CLARA, CALIF.—Green Charge Networks, the largest provider of commercial energy storage in the United States, announced its partnership with ChargePoint, the world’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging network. Combining energy storage with EV charging eliminates the high cost of demand charges caused by spikes in power usage, often a barrier to installing EV charging stations. Demand charges are part of every commercial electricity bill and are determined by the highest 15 minutes of use during a billing cycle.
NATIONAL REPORT—Last fall, Stem, Inc. announced it had finalized an agreement to deploy advanced energy storage systems and real-time energy intelligence software across 68 of Extended Stay America, Inc.’s California locations. Approximately two months ago, the Shore Hotel in Santa Monica, Calif. officially unveiled its Green Charge Networks intelligent energy storage system. The Extended Stay America properties, Shore Hotel, San Diego’s Ocean Park Inn and many others have all installed energy storage systems. As battery storage technology has improved—Tesla announced this past May that it would enter the energy storage market—an increasing number of hotels are investing in energy storage systems to help reduce demand charges that typically account for at least 30 percent of a commercial electricity bill, and often as much as 50 percent. Demand charges are based on the highest 15 minutes of electricity usage each month. According to John Carrington, CEO and Director of Stem, who wrote about demand charges for Green Lodging News in 2014, more and more, hotels are looking to advanced energy storage and data analytics systems to alleviate demand charges.
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