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NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y.—The Radisson Hotel New Rochelle is undergoing almost $2 million in updates to improve the energy efficiency of the 10-story, 129-room property. According to Colby Brock, General Manager of the hotel, the first phase of the renovation included replacing all PTAC units with new, more energy efficient versions with digital controls. The second and most expensive part of the renovation—one costing about a million dollars—was the replacement of the boiler plant with one with digital controls. That upgrade is expected to reduce energy costs by $250,000 a year, gas consumption by more than 35 percent, and emissions by 750 tons annually. “The direct digital control system allows us to have more zones, or more points of control, which enables us to adjust specific areas of the property,” Brock says.
ATLANTA—Acuity Controls introduces xCella Wireless lighting controls for quick-configure control of lighting HVAC and plug load. Installed in a variety of retrofit and new construction applications, xCella Wireless energy management solutions deploy quickly for simple room control, and can also be networked for floor or building wide control. Featuring Pair & Play technology, xCella Wireless switches, sensors, and load controls are operational in minutes.
PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y.—Evolve Controls, a provider of enterprise wireless solutions, introduced two guest-facing applications running on the Room Operations Center (ROC), its next generation room control platform. The applications are designed to deliver touch control of virtually every element in a hotel room, ranging from temperature and lighting to the operation of the draperies and beyond. Far beyond that, however, GuestX applications deliver personalized, content-driven information and interactions.
ATLANTA—Peerless Open LED luminaires from Acuity Brands, Inc. have been acknowledged as the sole recipient of the annual Most Innovative Product of the Year award from the LIGHTFAIR International 2014 awards competition. The LFI Innovation Awards, judged by an independent panel of esteemed lighting professionals, recognize the best innovations from more than 500 of the world’s leading manufacturers across the lighting industry.
ST. PAUL, MINN.—As part of its 2014 Light Fair introductions, 3M Architectural Markets debuted its 3M Specular Film Protected D50 Series. Allowing lighting designers to efficiently control LED light while saving energy, this 98.5 percent reflective film improves thermal management, increases optical efficiency and lumen output, and reduces LED and LED circuitry costs.
RENO, NEV.—The capital costs and the environmental impact of operating a large resort hotel almost always coincide. Heating, laundry, lighting, landscaping—they all have an impact on both a resort’s bottom line and the natural environment. Hotels have the opportunity to save money and save the environment at the same time, but launching conservation projects that significantly reduce a hotel’s environmental footprint and operating budget takes strategy, some innovative thinking and a commitment to capitalize conservation efforts. Here are five ways The Peppermill Resort, Spa, Casino saves millions of dollars each year while conserving water and energy and reducing the resort’s overall environmental footprint. The Peppermill made a huge bet on geothermal energy in 2011.
GREENVILLE, S.C.—In the United States, lighting accounts for approximately 23 percent of a hotel’s energy cost. To expedite and encourage savings, Hubbell Lighting announced a new energy efficient lighting program to cut hospitality electricity costs by 60 percent, translating to a 5.58 percent increase in profitability.
SOMERSET, N.J.—Each year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) honors select organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. For the second year in a row, Philips took Product Manufacturer top honors with Partner of the Year. Philips released a total of 374 Energy Star certified products in 2013, up 40 percent over the prior year, including the world’s first Energy Star certified 100-watt LED equivalent bulb.
MOUNT LAUREL, N.J.—More than two years after going “live” with their 756-kilowatt solar photovoltaic (PV) system—a structure based on 10 carports in the hotel’s parking area—the owners of the Wyndham Philadelphia-Mount Laurel are investing in additional systems to further reduce energy and water consumption and costs significantly. Investments involve a switch from heating oil to natural gas for air and water heating, an LED retrofit project, and an upgrade to ultra high efficiency toilets. Rishi Shah, Asset Manager of the hotel, says the current transition to natural gas for heating involves a significant mechanical system upgrade. “We are upgrading boilers and storage tanks,” he says. “It will result in tremendous operating savings and have a payback of three years. We are estimating a savings of $7,000 to $8,000 per month.” Shah says the upgrades will cost $320,000 and are being paid for without any incentives. This past January the hotel’s owners (Shah’s family) wrapped up a transition to LED lighting throughout the hotel, including guestrooms.
ATLANTA—Acuity Brands, Inc. has been officially recognized by the 2014 Lightfair International (LFI) Innovation Awards competition for the Most Innovative Product of the Year award. The award designation honors Acuity Brands for its Peerless Open LED luminaires.
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