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Lutron Introduces New Lighting Energy Audit Program


COOPERSBURG, PA.—Lutron Services Company has announced the introduction of the Lighting Energy Audit, a new program designed to help facility managers and building owners reduce lighting-associated costs, implement creative energy-saving strategies, and enhance their reputation as leaders in environmentally responsible initiatives.

Accor NA's Greenest Motel 6 Yet Opens in Northlake, Texas


NORTHLAKE, TEXAS—The greenest Motel 6 yet has opened here in Northlake, Texas, diagonally across from Texas Motor Speedway and just a short distance from Alliance Airport. The 120-room property is expected to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification by the end of the year. The Motel 6 Speedway is the first newly-built Motel 6 “Phoenix” prototype in the United States. The property features a solar thermal water heating system on its roof, a white roof to reflect heat, low e-glass tinted windows, high-efficiency PTAC units with occupancy-sensing thermostats, computer-controlled dryers, and high-efficiency washers that incorporate ozone technology to allow for cold water washing. “As the first of its kind, this new property represents a big step for Accor in the continued growth and development of the Motel 6 brand,” said Olivier Poirot, CEO, Accor North America (NA), Motel 6 and Studio 6.

BULBRITE’s New LED Retrofit Candle Includes Flickering Flame


MOONACHIE, N.J.—Designed with a unique, shimmering, flame-like movement effect, BULBRITE unveils the energy efficient and versatile LED Retrofit Candle. Ideal for a variety of applications including churches, theaters, pubs, hotels, historic homes and buildings, the LED Retrofit Candle is a replacement for 120V lighting fixtures. Its patented electronics create a shimmering flame-like movement.

YKK AP Adds New Family of Energy-Efficient Architectural Products


AUSTELL, GA.—YKK AP America, a leader in manufacturing high quality architectural products, introduces enerGfacade, its new family of energy-efficient products, as part of the YKK Group’s 50 year anniversary in the architectural products business. The family includes several products, such as Luminance, ThermaShade and YOW350T.

Westin Bonaventure Gets Green Seal, Eyes $1 Million in Savings


LOS ANGELES—Last week, officials at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles announced that the property had received the city’s first Green Seal Silver Certification. In a press release announcing the honor, it was stated that the hotel expects to save approximately $225,000 a year because of its energy-saving and waste reduction initiatives. However, according to Steve Silva, chief engineer at the 1,354-room hotel, the Green Team has “just scratched the surface” of what can be saved and he expects the $225,000 number to eventually grow to $1 million a year.

Holiday Inn to Save More Than $4 Million Annually with LED Lighting


CLEVELAND,OHIO—The Holiday Inn brand is currently undergoing a $1 billion global relaunch—the largest in the hospitality industry with more than 3,200 hotels being updated to improve quality and drive consistency at Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express hotels around the world. A redesign of the iconic brand logo required new exterior signage for more than 3,200 locations. The signage incorporates energy-efficient, long-life GE Tetra LED lighting systems.

Green Lodging News Welcomes EverGlow NA as Directory Partner


CLEVELAND, OHIO—Hasek Communications, the Cleveland, Ohio-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes EverGlow NA, Inc. as a Green Product & Service Directory partner. EverGlow NA is a provider of photoluminescent exit signs and exit path markings. The company’s aluminum signs, stair nosings and strips, and acrylic tapes are of durable construction.

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.

ilumisys Grants Property License to Light Emitting Designs


TROY, MICH.—ilumisys, Inc., developer and producer of next-generation solid-state lighting technology, announced that it has granted a license for its light-emitting diode (LED) fluorescent tube replacement patents to Light Emitting Designs of North Barrington, Ill. “We are pleased to be engaged as a licensee with ilumisys and its parent company, Altair Engineering,” said Tim Taylor, CEO of Light Emitting Designs. “The market for LED tube retrofits is significant and pegged for huge growth in 2010 and 2011."

Chloride Systems Introduces New Life Safety Product Catalog


BURGAW, N.C.—Chloride Systems’ new full-color product catalog demonstrates the company’s continued commitment to bring a complete product offering of life safety products to the market. The catalog details Chloride Systems’ line of emergency lighting and exit signs designed to meet any facility’s life safety needs. One will also find new architectural white LED solid state luminaires that serve as security and emergency lighting.

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