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COOPERSBURG, PA.—According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, 60 percent of U.S. commercial buildings were constructed before 1980, representing a tremendous need for retrofit products. This staggering number, combined with the ongoing contractor labor shortage, means that demand is high for time and labor-saving products and solutions. To address these issues, lighting control provider Lutron Electronics has launched its Vive wireless lighting control, which makes it easy to bring energy savings and comfort enhancing benefits into new and existing commercial buildings.
LONDON—As part of Responsible Business Week and marking Earth Day, April 22, Green Hotelier named the winners of the Green Hotelier Awards 2016. The winning hotels in four regions around the world represent those which have made the biggest commitments to sustainability with innovative programs that positively impact their people, their community and the planet. Judge and editor of Green Hotelier Siobhan O’Neill said, “We were honored to receive dozens of applications for the Awards this year, and judging them all has been both difficult and delightful. In previous years the winning hotels often stood head and shoulders above their competitors, but this year many hotels have upped their game and very few points stood between the top five hotels in each region. The judges spent a good deal of time deliberating to ensure our scoring was thorough and fair.” Applications came from across the globe including Bogota, Nepal, Armenia, Mauritius, Adelaide, Finland, Costa Rica and Jordan. Many came from China and other Far Eastern countries.
VANCOUVER, B.C.—The Victorian Hotel, a boutique hotel in Vancouver, B.C., announced the installation of a new Electric Vehicle Charging System. Guests with electric cars can now enjoy this complimentary service while staying at the hotel.
OBERLIN, OHIO—One of the world’s most innovative green hotels—The Hotel at Oberlin—is just one month away from its soft opening in Oberlin, Ohio. The hotel is owned by Oberlin College and eventually will qualify for the rare LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The 70-room Hotel at Oberlin is the first LEED Platinum hotel owned by a college and anchors the Peter B. Lewis Gateway Center, the cornerstone of Oberlin’s Green Arts District, an ongoing development conceived by the city and college to transform Oberlin into a model for environmentally aware economic development based on education and the arts. The Peter B. Lewis Gateway Center also includes a conference center, commercial and office space, jazz club, and restaurant that features locally grown and sourced fare. The name of the restaurant, 1833, honors the year the college and town of Oberlin were founded. “Our path to LEED Platinum is based on energy efficiency more than anything else,” says Christopher Noble, Project Developer, SMART Hotels LLC.
ODESSA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Odessa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, has added a Hubbell Lighting case study to its website. The case study details Extended Stay America’s efforts to improve the exterior lighting at its hotels. From a lighting perspective, the technology used to light up the buildings, parking lots and common areas were outdated. The desired light levels were unachievable, and maintenance costs were unsustainable. The InSite Group and Hubbell Lighting partnered to develop a solution that would replace the existing pole and wallpacks with LED luminaires.
TROY, OHIO—Hobart introduces the new Advansys LXGe glasswasher, the first machine specifically designed to clean and sanitize glassware in bars and restaurants. The new Energy Star qualified washer produces cleaner glasses by eliminating chemical sanitizers, resulting in better-tasting drinks and an improved customer experience.
SPOKANE, WASH.—Ecova, a leading global energy and sustainability management company, announced that it has published its 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report. It details the company’s impact on clients, the environment, employees and communities. The report also shows significant reductions in Ecova’s carbon footprint, important investments in new solutions and improved performance in climate change reporting.
MANCHESTER, N.H.—Xeros, the innovator of an ultra-low water laundry system, announced that several hotels and commercial laundries have joined the Xeros Million Gallon Club by each saving more than one million gallons of water using Xeros’ award-winning polymer bead cleaning laundry system. The patented, award-winning system delivers superior cleaning performance while using 80 percent less water, up to 50 percent less energy, and approximately 50 percent less detergent than traditional systems.
SAN FRANCISCO—Verdafero Inc. announces a new predictive analytics service module for its Utility Analytics Software Platform. This new capability allows Verdafero’s commercial and hospitality property customers to forecast future usage and costs of their utilities for individual buildings or their entire property portfolio based on real-world influencing factors such as weather, events and utility price increases.
NATIONAL REPORT—Many hotels rely on a Packaged Terminal Air Conditioner (or PTAC) system to reliably provide both heating and cooling for individual rooms as well as other areas of the hotel; such as the lobby, meeting rooms and gyms. PTAC units are popular heating and cooling solutions for any single living space such as those provided by hotels, motels, dormitories, hospitals and apartments. There is no need to install expensive and intrusive ductwork to use PTAC units. The units are self-contained and can easily be installed through a wall.
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