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WASHINGTON, D.C.—When light-emitting diodes (LEDs) were first introduced in the mid-2000s for general space lighting, they were considered a disappointment. Almost too dim to be useful, they were expensive and no more efficient than traditional fluorescent technology. Today, LED-based lighting products can successfully compete with rival technologies on the basis of light quality, efficiency, dimmability, and almost any other important metric except for price—which is falling rapidly. According to a recent report from Navigant Research, revenues from LED lighting products (including lamps and luminaires) in commercial building markets will grow from $2.7 billion in 2013 to more than $25 billion in 2021. “The rise of LED technology will transform every part of the commercial lighting industry,” says Jesse Foote, research analyst at Navigant Research. “While other lighting technologies have limited potential for future improvements, new designs for LEDs that push quality and efficacy to new levels continue to emerge from lighting labs around the world.”
SANTA CLARA, CALIF.—WattStopper has published a new edition of its Product Selection Guide (PSG), a comprehensive catalog of energy-efficient lighting controls and services. The PSG is available in print and as an eBook, and for the first time the content is also available as a mobile app.
BUFFALO, N.Y.—In November 2013, Buffalo’s Salvatore’s Grand Hotel became the first hotel in the world to benefit from a joint technology partnership between ZENO Controls LLC and its subsidiary Verve Living Systems. Using the wireless Verve Keycard Switch (enabled by EnOcean energy harvesting technology) to communicate with room PTAC-air conditioners and bedside lamps via the ZENO gateway with InnPoint Software, Salvatore’s Grand Hotel was able to dramatically reduce its overall energy consumption.
MANCHESTER, N.H.—Xeros, the innovator of an ultra-low water cleaning system, announced it has joined a leading alliance committed to improving supply chain sustainability in the apparel and footwear industries. Xeros, the company formed to commercialize polymer bead technology developed at the University of Leeds, is now a member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), which also includes household names such as Adidas, Burberry, Coca Cola and Levi Strauss
MUSKEGON, MICH.—EarthTronics announced that its Energy Star rated 23 watt LED Recessed Fixture Retrofit kit, 13 watt BR30 floodlight, and 13 watt A19 omni-directional LED light bulb exceed the voluntary California Quality Light Emitting Diode (LED) Lamp Specification issued by the California Energy Commission (CEC) for LED lamps used in residential applications.
LONG BEACH PENINSULA, WASH.—Adrift Hotel is taking more big steps in sustainability with its current $48,000 project to add solar hot water panels and rainwater catchment for laundry. The recent announcement was made jointly by Brady and Tiffany Turner, owners of the 80-room hotel, located at the south end of the boardwalk and nearby Discovery Trail on Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula. The project, with construction taking place from October through December 2013, is being funded utilizing Seattle-based Community Sourced Capital—providers of new financial tools to help local businesses access capital namely via community-sourced small business loans. “Choosing to inhabit the far reaches of this continent brings with it inherent striving for sustainability for many of us who call it home,” said Tiffany Turner, co-owner, Adrift Hotel. “With the support of our community investors, Brady and I are fortunate to be the first Long Beach Peninsula hotel to move toward renewable-resource reliance.” Consistent with their vision, the project includes installation of six solar hot water panels on the south side of both buildings.
LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, OHIO—The Earthwise Group, LLC, a national network of locally owned, independent manufacturers of windows and doors, recently completed the installation of 115 Earthwise vinyl windows at a Holiday Inn Express in Peekskill, N.Y. The hotel was built according to United States Green Building Council (USGBC) guidelines and is expected to earn LEED certification. The Earthwise windows used in the project played an important role in contributing to the hotel’s overall sustainability. The hotel is expected to open in December 2013.
WORCESTER, MASS.—Bulbs.com, one of the largest online distributors of replacement lighting, is launching its new Buy ‘N’ Try program that takes the risk out of purchasing LEDs (Light-Emitting Diodes) and makes energy efficient lighting more accessible for its customers.
LIVONIA, MICH.—American Dryer recently unveiled a new product that incorporates cold plasma, a natural occurring phenomenon, into its hand dryers. The company worked to perfect its new, patent-pending Cold Plasma Clean (CPC) technology for several years.
BOWLING GREEN, OHIO—Systems Associates Inc. is taking the process of monitoring building equipment away from the four walls of the hotel and placing it in the cloud to give engineers and managers more real-time control over energy consumption and associated costs. Combining the power of the Internet with the mastery of industry standard protocols, SAI’s CONTROLIQ solution is giving hoteliers freedom in controlling the building environment from virtually anywhere.
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