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LEDnovation MR16 Extends LED EnhanceLite Lamp Line


TAMPA, FLA.—LEDnovation, a leading innovator in LED lighting and replacement lamp technology, unveiled its new EnhanceLite LED MR16 replacement lamps. LEDnovation’s new lamps are suitable to fully replace both 20-watt and 35-watt halogen lamps in a package that is sized for exact fit into any standard MR16 fixture. The new lamps boast center beam candle power (CBCP) figures ranging from 1100 candela for the 3.9-watt MR16 to 1420 for the 6-watt version, at efficacies of 64 lumens/watt and 54 lumens/watt respectively.

AH&LA’s 2010 Lodging Survey Covers Many Green Subject Areas


NATIONAL REPORT—The American Hotel & Lodging Association is about to release the results of its 2010 Lodging Survey. Green Lodging News was provided with a copy of the survey results prior to the survey’s official release. The survey, which is conducted approximately every two years, was funded by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation and prepared by Smith Travel Research. A total of 48,954 hotels were polled. The response rate was 18 percent (more than 8,500 participants). The survey report covers 14 green-related areas: Allergy-Free Rooms, Air Purifiers, Liquid Soap Dispensers, Linen/Towel Reuse Program, Energy Management Sensors in Room, Recycling Program, Energy Efficient Lighting, Water Saving Program, Digital Energy Management System, Green Certification, Hotels with Vegetarian Menu Choices, 100 Percent Nonsmoking, Plan to Incorporate LEED, and Incorporated LEED in Renovations. According to the survey, 38 percent of responding hotels now offer allergy-free rooms (up from 24 percent in 2008). The category of hotels most likely to offer allergy-free rooms: luxury, with 66 percent of hotels in that segment indicating they offer them.

BULBRITE Receives ADEX Award for Design Excellence


MOONACHIE, N.J.— Demonstrating its latest innovation of energy efficient LED technology, BULBRITE has received an ADEX Award for Design Excellence for its Super High Power Dimmable LEDs. These LEDs are featured in the company’s extensive line of energy efficient LEDs. This year alone, BULBRITE has received three ADEX Awards for Design Excellence. BULBRITE is a leading supplier of innovative, energy efficient light source solutions and an educational resource for lamping technology.

Fairmont Pittsburgh Receives LEED Gold Certification


PITTSBURGH—Fairmont Pittsburgh announced that it has received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification at the Gold level from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). The announcement was made by Leonard S. Czarnecki, general manager of the luxury hotel. “We are proud to continue Fairmont Hotels & Resorts’ tradition of operational sustainability and responsible tourism here at the Pittsburgh location,” Czarnecki said. “In fact, Fairmont Pittsburgh is the first LEED certified project for Fairmont, and we are looking forward to growing our reputation as a responsible member of this community.” Fairmont Pittsburgh, which opened on March 29, 2010, is part of Three PNC Plaza, a 23-story high-rise owned by The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. Three PNC Plaza, which is one of the nation’s largest green, mixed-use buildings, expands upon PNC’s commitment to environmental responsibility and green building practices. PNC has more newly constructed LEED certified buildings—80—than any other company.

Two California Hotels Install ilumisys LED Light Tubes


TROY, MICH.— ilumisys, Inc., developer and producer of next-generation solid-state lighting technology, announced that channel partner Ecogreen Solutions Inc. has installed light-emitting diode (LED) light tubes at Holiday Inn Old Town in San Diego and Casa Romantica in San Clemente, Calif., to reduce energy costs and maintenance requirements.

WattStopper Introduces Wall Box Dimmers, Fan Speed Controls


SANTA CLARA, CALIF.—WattStopper has enhanced its extensive offering of energy-efficient lighting controls with a line of wall box dimmers and fan speed controls to help building owners and facility managers capture energy savings when lighting is on. The new dimmers include a family of specification-grade architectural dimmers, intended primarily for commercial applications, and three families of designer dimmers for commercial, hospitality and residential applications.

BULBRITE Introduces CFL and Incandescent Bug Lights


MOONACHIE, N.J.—Ideal for outdoor use, especially during the spring and summer seasons, BULBRITE introduces Bug Lights in its extensive line of standard light sources. BULBRITE is a leading supplier of energy-efficient light source solutions and a premier educational resource for lamping technology.

Atman Hospitality Group’s Wen-I Chang Publishes ‘World’s LEED Hotels’


SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF.—Wen-I Chang, founder and president of Atman Hospitality Group, Inc., has published a book that profiles 23 green hotels—both pre-LEED pioneer green hotels and the LEED certified hotels that followed. The creator of the book is Ling Ling Chang, project manager with Atman Hospitality Group. Twenty of the hotels profiled in the hard cover book are in the United States, one is in the U.S. Virgin Islands, one is in Sri Lanka, and the other is in Chile. Developers, owners and managers of the properties profiled in the book were asked to submit essays describing their projects. Photographs illustrate the essays. The book leads off with a profile of the Post Ranch Inn, an eco-friendly inn first envisioned in 1984 and opened in 1992. Mike Freed, the inn’s co-founder and managing partner, tells the story of how a ranch first homesteaded in the 1860s became home to one of the first environmentally designed and operated luxury hotels in the United States. Adds Solar Powered LED Area Light


KEMP, TEXAS—Larson Electronics’ announced the addition of the SPLED-5 solar powered area light with rechargeable 12 hour run time battery. The SPLED-5 LED light can be surface mounted or affixed to a pole or rail. The 8 watt solar panel powers a 5 watt LED light that dims and brightens automatically based on an integrated motion detector. An integrated day and night sensor will trigger the light to come on in dim mode once the ambient light reaches a low lumens threshold.

Solatube System Named a Top 10 Green Building Product


VISTA, CALIF.—Sustainable Industries named Solatube International’s Solatube 750 DS Daylighting System as one of its 2010 Top 10 Green Building Products award winners. This is the second consecutive year the Solatube 750 DS has been selected as a “Top 10” product by Sustainable Industries, making it the first product to earn the distinction more than once.

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