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OMAHA, NEB.—The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) recently released two studies titled, “Qualification of Surface Disinfection using Aqueous Ozone Generated by CleanCore Technologies Ozone Systems.” These studies indicate aqueous ozone cleaning systems can prove very effective at eliminating colony-forming units (CFUs) of both E. coli and listeria from hard surfaces. These bacteria can produce food poisoning-type symptoms that can be very harmful and even result in death.
NEW ALBANY, MISS.—Master-Bilt, manufacturer and supplier of a full line of premier commercial refrigeration, introduced their new Alternative Industrial Refrigerant (AIR) Initiative which outlines the use of Hydrofluoroolefin (HFO) blended refrigerants and foaming agents to meet the EPA’s Significant New Alternative Policy (SNAP) guidelines.
MORROW, GA.—TOTO announced that its high-efficiency commercial wall-hung toilet, two ultra high-efficiency urinals, and wall-hung commercial lavatory have no Red List ingredients and are listed in the International Living Future Institute’s (IFLI) Declare Products Database as “Red List Free.”
TORONTO—Totally Green Inc. announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Cam Carver as Chief Executive Officer effective November 2, 2015. Carver was most recently the Co-founder and CEO of Temporal Power Ltd. As CEO, Cam Carver succeeds Shawn Dym, who will continue to serve as an active member of Totally Green’s Board of Directors.
LOUISVILLE, KY.— Ask a hotel front desk employee or read an online review to learn quickly that temperature and noise are two of the biggest complaint opportunities for guests, and both can result from a faulty air conditioner. Hospitality industry data proves that when guests are not pleased with the temperature or noise of their room, two-thirds are unlikely to return to the hotel, and one-third are unlikely to recommend a hotel.
DALLAS—ForrestPerkins announced that it will combine practices with international design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman effective January 1, 2016. The combined practice will enhance the ability of both firms to expand their reach in luxury hospitality and residential projects worldwide while continuing to provide the high level of design and client service for which both firms are known. The combined international firm will total almost 1,000 employees.
LITTLE ROCK, ARK.—AirRevive, a leader in sustainable HVAC refurbishment and re-commissioning services for the hospitality industry, announced its completion of a guestroom fan coil unit refurbishment project for the Little Rock Marriott. Marriott engaged AirRevive to refurbish the guestroom’s Whalen fan coil units after the property’s $16 million dollar renovation in 2014. The renovation included upgrading the guestrooms to Marriott’s new design. The only former asset remaining was the 35-year-old Whalen fan coil units.
CHICAGO—Expanding its Unique Effects Collection with two new styles—Banana Bark and Jacinthe—MDC, the leading wallcovering and design solutions company, offers hospitality interiors the luxury of hand-woven, sustainably sourced goods for the wall. “The new styles are special gifts from Mother Nature,” said Dan Brandt, Product Manager at MDC. “Not only are Banana Bark and Jacinthe beautiful in their design, but even more so, they’re beautiful because of where they come from and how they’re made. Every installation is truly unique.”
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Green Seal, the nation’s first independent nonprofit certifier of sustainable products and services, has introduced a revised version of its GS-11 Standard that is expanded to cover most types of architectural coatings on the market today.
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF.—iTouchFaucets, a California-based company, has just launched its patented smartfaucet to help hotels reduce water wastage in compliance with authorities. While most people are familiar with the motion sensor infrared faucets which offers no temperature control or the old fashioned unsanitary mini dial system for temperature control, iTouchFaucets is an electronic touchpad that can retrofit and replace existing faucet handles, allowing users to activate the waterflow and temperature with the touch of a finger or knuckle with various preset timers to cut off water supply.
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