Energy Management

Everyone has felt the sting of rising energy costs recently. Savvy hoteliers have implemented plans to address these increases. Green Lodging News covers the latest news and trends pertaining to energy management. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at:

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Host Hotels & Resorts’ Rick Werber Focuses on Adding Value to REIT’s Portfolio


BETHESDA, MD.—For years now Host Hotels & Resorts has been one of the lodging industry’s leading REITs when it comes to energy management, carbon emissions reduction, water management and overall sustainability performance. In 2015 Host Hotels & Resorts was one of two NAREIT Leader in the Light winners in the Lodging/Resorts category. In 2014 Host was on the CDP A List—a list of companies around the world doing the most to combat climate change. Being recognized as a leader not only among REITs but throughout the lodging industry is the result of the work of a team of talented industry veterans, one of whom is Rick Werber, Senior Vice President, Engineering and Sustainability | Development, Design and Construction for Host Hotels & Resorts. Werber has been instrumental in guiding investment in capital projects that have resulted in significant savings for the Bethesda, Md.-based REIT that currently has 115 hotels in its fold. Adding value to the Host portfolio is the focus of Werber, who first worked in lodging as a chief engineer trainee at the Newton Marriott in Newton, Mass.

American Window Film Now Installing 3M Thinsulate Film


FOXBORO, MASS.—If you own property in New England, you understand the value of insulation. Yellow fiberglass batting, foam boards and spray insulation inside walls and roofs have become the immediate solution for reducing heat gain and heat loss, but what about windows? Windows can be up to 30 times less insulated than walls and roofs. Although windows generally account for a small portion of a building’s shell, more than 30 percent of all the heating and cooling energy used in U.S. buildings and homes is due to heat lost or gained through windows.

Earthtronics Introduces HID Replacement LEDs


MUSKEGON, MICH.—EarthTronics introduces high lumen, high efficiency LEDs as an energy-efficient solution for replacing High Intensity Discharge lamps (HID) for interior and exterior applications in parking garages, site and security lighting, high bay warehouse fixtures and post lights. These commercial quality lamps feature high-power LED, durable construction and advanced electronic drivers that provide extended performance life and full omni-directional light output.

Emerald Brand Shifts to Penske Natural Gas Fueled Trucks


SYOSSET, N.Y.—Emerald announced its conversion to Penske Truck Leasing compressed natural gas (CNG) fueled trucks. Emerald’s New York based fleet will move to CNG this month, furthering Emerald’s mission of global conservation and mainstreaming sustainability.

Applications Accepted for Green Power Leadership Awards


WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. EPA’s Green Power Partnership program is accepting applications for the Green Power Leadership Awards. The awards recognize top organizations, programs and individuals who significantly advance the development of green power sources. The 2016 application period will close on April 18. Winners will be announced at the Renewable Energy Markets Conference in San Francisco on October 17. EPA co-sponsors the awards with the Center for Resource Solutions.

MaxLite an Energy Star Partner of the Year


WEST CALDWELL, N.J.—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized MaxLite with a 2016 Energy Star Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence Award for its continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements. MaxLite’s accomplishments will be recognized in Washington, D.C. on April 13.

GLN Adds OSRAM SYLVANIA Case Study to Website


ODESSA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Odessa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, has added an OSRAM SYLVANIA case study to its website. The case study details a lighting installation at the Hôtel Le Crystal in Montreal. The goal of the installation was to provide better illumination in parking areas, hotel and conference rooms, and office areas, while saving energy.

Xeros Introduces Sbeadycare XTEND Laundry System


MANCHESTER, N.H.—Xeros, the innovator of an ultra-low water laundry system, introduces Xeros Sbeadycare XTEND, a new commercial laundry linen management solution for hotels that has been proven to extend the life of linens and in turn, lowers linen replacement costs as compared with traditional aqueous based washing. Sbeadycare XTEND is a first of its kind product for the laundry industry combining physical and digital technologies into a comprehensive “phygital” solution that utilizes smart, connected washing machines, responsive cleaning programs, and new polymers designed to offer the most gentle and effective cleaning system available.

Hyatt Regency Maui Celebrates Addition of New Solar Photovoltaic System


LAHAINA, HAWAII—After becoming Hawaii’s first LEED EBOM Silver resort in 2014 following significant sustainability upgrades, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa has installed one of the largest rooftop photovoltaic systems in Hawaii. This system of solar panels produces more than 6 percent of the resort’s annual electricity needs, which is equal to supplying grid electricity to 158 homes. Additionally, by lessening their reliance on grid electricity, they are reducing their overall carbon footprint. The use of solar power reduces CO2 emissions by offsetting diesel generation, one of the dirtiest methods of electricity. The amount of CO2 emissions that has been reduced is the equivalent of removing 111 passenger cars driven in one year. The solar panel installation plan took approximately three years and the actual installation lasted about six months. “About a year ago at this same spot, we celebrated our LEED EBOM certification, and now we have the privilege to announce another sustainability advancement—our newly installed photovoltaic system,” said Allan Farwell, General Manager at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa.

Alerton, Ibis Partner to Improve Control of Plug Loads


LYNWOOD, WASH.—Alerton and Ibis Networks have partnered to bring the Ibis InteliNetwork to Alerton dealers. The Ibis InteliNetwork provides real-time data on plug-load energy use, along with automation tools, to enable effective control of plug loads. The system includes a simple-to-install retrofit for wall outlets, and a cloud-based management console. Because these Ibis InteliSockets are also BACnet devices, they can easily be brought into Alerton Compass software to be managed alongside HVAC, lighting and other building systems.

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