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MORROW, GA.—TOTO, the largest plumbing manufacturer in the world with $5.1 billion in annual sales, announced that its high-efficiency EcoPower Flush Valves and Commercial Flushometer Toilets are the plumbing industry’s first to earn the EPA’s WaterSense Label. “It is imperative that WaterSense certification extend to the commercial side of the industry with products that offer the same level of performance while saving water by using no more than 1.28 gallons per flush,” said Bill Strang, President of Operations and eCommerce for TOTO USA.
OAKLAND, CALIF.—MACH Energy, a leading provider of energy and water management software services and solutions, revealed the results of one of the largest national surveys to date of hotel and lodging professionals on energy and water management efforts. The poll reached out to over 5,000 industry professionals, and the responses exposed significant opportunities to expand energy and water efficiency awareness as well as adoption of energy and water management best practices.
MANCHESTER, VT.—Nestled in the midst of mountains, clean air and small town quaintness, sits a new hotel that not only offers its guests luxury and relaxing comfort, but minimizes its use of energy and water resources. Manchester, Vermont is home to the new Taconic Hotel, which opened its doors in December 2015. This 80,000-square-foot, four-story hotel boasts 87 guestrooms, three cottages, restaurant, library, boutique, fitness center, pools and meeting rooms. According to Energy Star, the average American hotel spends $2,196 on energy, each year, per available room. Reducing energy waste reduces that average cost. This is good for a hotel’s bottom line, in addition to improving guest comfort and helping the environment. The energy and water savings from the Taconic’s efficient design and construction are impressive. An estimated 600,700 kWh of electricity, 23,500 gallons of propane, and 418,000 gallons of water are saved per year. Carbon emissions are reduced by an estimated 995,500 pounds per year. Mark D’Angelo, an independent construction professional, managed all phases of the project representing the Taconic’s owners.
ISLA VERDE, PUERTO RICO—Verdanza Hotel in Isla Verde has selected the Xeros polymer bead cleaning laundry system, which uses 80 percent less water than a traditional industrial washer, up to 50 percent less energy and approximately 50 percent less detergent. “Environmental sustainability has always been key in our operations from day one,” said Ricky Newman, General Manager of the property.
NATIONAL REPORT—As reported in Green Lodging News earlier this year, a number of suppliers are making it increasingly easy to offer filtered water to guests through water bottle filling stations. These stations, connected to a water supply, allow one to eliminate plastic bottle waste and even create a new revenue stream through the sale of reusable bottles. Making the location of water dispensing easier, several suppliers are now offering atmospheric water generators. These water dispensers need no water supply connection because they pull water from the air before filtering it for guests. Technology varies per supplier with some even offering bottling machines for on-site water bottling. The advantages to atmospheric water generation are many. Machines can be placed anywhere there is a 110 volt connection. Solar powered “cordless” versions are also available. The machines do not pull water from sources that may be limited due to drought or other environmental conditions. There is no plastic bottle waste or recycling of plastic bottles. Storage of plastic bottles and the associated labor is eliminated.
CHICAGO—Champion Industries, manufacturer of a full line of premier commercial warewashing systems, introduces the UH330 ADA, its shortest ventless undercounter warewasher designed to accommodate thick countertops. This undercounter machine has an exterior height of 29.5 inches allowing it to be installed even under the thickest countertops meeting the 34-inch ADA requirements. The UH330 ADA will be on display at the NRA Show, May 21 to 24 at McCormick Place, booth #5006.
NEW CASTLE, DEL.—Speakman, the maker of high-performance showerheads and plumbing products, announced a collaboration with Wynn Resorts to create custom bath fixtures for the Wynn Palace Cotai, which is scheduled to open this year.
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.
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