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CLEVELAND, OHIO—Hasek Communications, the Tampa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes Hanita Coatings as a Green Product & Service Directory partner. Hanita Coatings’ SolarZone window films effectively filter UV radiation, glare and infrared heat, reducing heat buildup and improving the operational efficiency of HVAC equipment. Available in a wide spectrum of finishes, from cool silver to subtle smoke, these films can provide a full-scale, aesthetic upgrade to a hotel’s exterior—or preserve its original appearance with virtually indiscernible, heat-rejecting film.
KANSAS CITY, MO.—Marriott International announced that the Courtyard Kansas City at Briarcliff in Missouri is the company’s first hotel to earn LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) green building program status through the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) self-certification program. The only LEED certified Marriott property in Missouri, the Courtyard Kansas City at Briarcliff was constructed on top of a mine, land previously undevelopable, and 10 percent of building materials used contain recycled content. Like all Marriott LEED Certified hotels, this hotel features a number of elements that focus on energy conservation, water efficiency and recycling. Some of those elements include: white roofing material that reflects heat to save energy; Kohler low volume, plumbing fixtures; Philips low energy consuming LED lighting and controls; a salt water pool, reducing the number of chemicals used in treating the pool; an electric car charging station, and preferred parking for low-emission cars and carpoolers; and 20-foot floor to ceiling glass wall of windows in the ballroom for day lighting and optimal view.
WEST CALDWELL, N.J.—The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named MaxLite 2014 Energy Star Partner of the Year. The EPA is recognizing MaxLite for the second time in five years as a Partner of the Year for demonstrating exemplary commitment and dedication to energy efficiency through the development and education of energy-efficient lighting solutions.
COMMERCE, CALIF.—Nora Lighting has released a new 2014 LED Lighting Pocket Guide featuring photos and specifications for more than 500 LED fixtures and accessories. The 100-page guide is available free to industry professionals. The guide showcases Nora’s newest offerings, including the Diamond II, Marquise and Sapphire Series of downlights.
DANVERS, MASS.—North American lighting company Osram Sylvania has introduced a new educational campaign to help consumers learn about their lighting choices. The phase-out of the popular 40- and 60-watt incandescent light bulbs went into effect on January 1, 2014, so many consumers are seeking guidance as they replace their traditional incandescent bulbs.
NATIONAL REPORT—A series of six webinars with topics ranging from water efficiency to green cleaning to window film will launch on March 26 and wrap up on May 21. In total, there will be 18 different presentations throughout the six webinars that are sponsored by the U.S. EPA. The free webinars are being organized by Dan Ruben of Boston Green Tourism and Peter Cooke of the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences. Those who attend all six sessions will be acknowledged with a Certificate of Completion.
IRVINE, CALIF.—Cerno’s line of modern LED light fixtures continues to evolve: the California based design and manufacturing company has introduced several new products designed specifically for the hospitality market. Cerno will be exhibiting at BD West, California’s largest hospitality design show, on March 20 to 21 at the San Diego Convention Center (booth 647).
TUCSON, ARIZ.—Miraval Resort & Spa announced that each of its 116 guestrooms now feature Definity Digital Good Night LED light bulbs designed by Lighting Science. Miraval is the first U.S. resort and spa to offer Definity Digital LED lights in their guestrooms. The installation of the specialty light bulbs, which is intended to further enhance the overall sleep experience at the destination retreat, coincides with the introduction of new sleep-focused programming.
BERKELEY, CALIF.—Peerless, a leading designer and manufacturer of architectural luminaires and one of the innovative lighting companies under the Acuity Brands umbrella, announces the release of Vellum linear suspended LED luminaires. The product is well suited for use in commercial offices, retail spaces, academic institutions, as well as hospitality and healthcare settings.
COOPERSBURG, PA.—Under a little-known requirement that went into effect at the beginning of this year, the last of the “general service” incandescent bulbs—descendants of the original light bulb invented by Thomas Alva Edison in 1879— can no longer be manufactured or imported into the United States.
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