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WESTMINSTER, COLO.—IrriGreen, Inc. and CPS distributors, Inc. announced that CPS now distributes the IrriGreen Genius Irrigation System to contractors in Colorado and Wyoming. With 13 locations, CPS is the largest wholesale distributor of professional pump, irrigation and landscape supplies to contractors in the Rocky Mountain region. IrriGreen, Inc. leverages digital control technology and multi-stream nozzle design adapted from high-tech, commercial inkjet printers.
WOODRIDGE, ILL.—Danze, Inc., known for its unique design and innovation in the North American plumbing industry, has added the South Shore Collection to its array of bath offerings. The collection is available in Chrome and Brushed Nickel.
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.
VISTA, CALIF.—The first company to introduce no-water urinals to the U.S. market is celebrating its 25th anniversary on May 1, 2016. Waterless Co. Inc, a family-run company that began operations in California, now has a global distribution network and its urinals are sold worldwide.
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.
MANCHESTER, N.H.—Xeros, the innovator of an ultra-low water laundry system, introduces Xeros Sbeadycare XTEND, a new commercial laundry linen management solution for hotels that has been proven to extend the life of linens and in turn, lowers linen replacement costs as compared with traditional aqueous based washing. Sbeadycare XTEND is a first of its kind product for the laundry industry combining physical and digital technologies into a comprehensive “phygital” solution that utilizes smart, connected washing machines, responsive cleaning programs, and new polymers designed to offer the most gentle and effective cleaning system available.
PARIS—Next spring, 14 years after being conceived by Pierre & Vacances Center Parcs and Euro Disney, Villages Nature Paris will open 20 miles east of Paris. The resort will be a showcase for green design, geothermal technology and will be based on harmony between man and nature. Villages Nature Paris will open with 916 dwellings, more than two-thirds of which will be cottages and one-third family suites. The dwellings will be owned by individual and other investors and managed by Villages Nature Paris. According to Dominique Cocquet, CEO of Villages Nature Paris, within five years the development is expected to include more than 1,700 dwellings. Villages Nature Paris is expected to host more than 1 million visitors a year on its 444 acres. In addition to places to stay, there will be many attractions including the Aqualagoon covered water park and outdoor lagoon, shops and restaurants, farm, lake, spa and gardens. “We believe we will have mostly families,” Cocquet says.
NATIONAL REPORT—HVS conducts numerous walkthroughs of hotel F&B operations each year. In almost every full service property, it finds opportunities to significantly decrease utility costs through a combination of operating enhancements and capital projects. This article summarizes some of the more common F&B utility efficiency opportunities that HVS routinely identifies and addresses at its clients’ properties. It is important to begin by understanding the relationship between ownership and management. For example, is the restaurant or banquet department operated by the hotel management company, leased to a third party, or joint ventured in some manner? Correspondingly, which party pays the utility bills, and who owns the cooking equipment? It is important to ask these questions upfront to determine what is “fair game” for energy efficiency in the restaurant operation—acknowledging that in some cases opportunities that may appear attractive from a P&L perspective may be nonstarters if the restaurant operator is not on board. On a related note, HVS routinely encounters leased F&B operations where utility costs are not allocated equitably between the parties.
LAS VEGAS—In an effort to identify new sustainable water technologies and incorporate them into its global operations, MGM Resorts International has partnered with WaterStart. The partnership, announced on World Water Day (March 22), is designed to advance WaterStart’s mission to make Nevada a channel for innovation by leveraging the state’s leadership and expertise in water. Additionally, the strategic alignment will extend the reach of MGM Resorts’ long-standing commitment to environmental sustainability by establishing innovative water practices across the company’s resorts. “As a company, we are always exploring new solutions to help conserve our natural resources,” said Cindy Ortega, Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer for MGM Resorts. “This partnership will provide the opportunity to host technology testing that could have a tremendous positive impact on water conservation world-wide.” In coordination with MGM Resorts, WaterStart will create and maintain an innovations priority list for water-related technologies, as well as identify and evaluate the applicability of technologies for use in MGM operations.
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