OHANA Waikiki Beachcomber Receives Energy Star Designation

5/6/2009

HONOLULU, OAHU, HAWAII—General manager Dean Nakasone announced today that the OHANA Waikiki Beachcomber has received an Energy Star designation by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Energy Star is the national symbol for superior energy efficiency and environmental protection, and is awarded to qualified commercial and industrial buildings that rate in the top 25 percent of facilities in the nation for energy efficiency.

“In the rebuild of the OHANA Waikiki Beachcomber, energy efficiency was a core component; today we continue to strive towards reducing our carbon footprint in every way possible,” Nakasone said. “The Energy Star achievement is great recognition of our commitment to environmental stewardship for Hawaii and beyond.”

OHANA Waikiki Beachcomber’s Energy Star certification was based on several environmental protection efforts, including replacing the building’s original chillers with variable frequency drive chillers, installing a guestroom air-conditioning energy management system and tinted lanai doors, as well as replacing all of the hotel’s T-12 light bulbs with energy-efficient T-8 bulbs and electronic ballasts. Additionally, OHANA Waikiki Beachcomber installed motion sensors to shut off back-of-house lighting and replaced the hotel’s electrical motors with premium efficient motors.

Easier on the Environment

Commercial buildings that earn the Energy Star use an average of 40 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

“Whether you are running a grocery store, a school, or an office building, getting the most out of your energy dollars—while reducing your carbon footprint—just make sense,” said Stephen L Johnson, EPA administrator.

EPA’s national energy performance rating system provide a one to 100 scale that helps organizations assess how efficiently their buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide. A building that scores a rating of 75 or higher is eligible for the Energy Star.

Energy Star was introduced by the EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the Energy Star label can be found on more than 50 different kinds of products, new homes and commercial and industrial buildings. For more information about Energy Star, visit www.energystar.gov.

To learn more about the OHANA Waikiki Beachcomber, click here.


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