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Allergy friendly rooms, air purifiers, smoke-free hotels. As travelers and workers demand clean air, hotels are finding new and innovative ways to provide it, and getting a marketing kick to boot. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Air Quality

Home Air Quality
Allergy friendly rooms, air purifiers, smoke-free hotels. As travelers and workers demand clean air, hotels are finding new and innovative ways to provide it, and getting a marketing kick to boot. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

More Than 1,000 Companies Call for Strengthening ENERGY STAR Program

WASHINGTON – More than 1,000 U.S. companies and organizations signed a letter to Congress and the administration calling for lawmakers to strengthen the ENERGY STAR program that was recently proposed for elimination under the Trump administration’s budget. “ENERGY STAR is a model for successful collaboration between the public and private sectors,” the letter states. “It enjoys a long track record of success and should be strengthened, not weakened, to ensure it continues providing these important benefits to the public while helping us meet our energy and environmental goals.” The letter, which was sent Monday and can be found here, was led...

Everywhere You Look—Plants—at Buenos Aires’ Boutique Palo Santo Hotel

BUENOS AIRES—Unmistakably green. There is no other way to describe the 26-suite Palo Santo Hotel in the trendy Palermo Hollywood district of Buenos Aires. The hotel’s facade, terraces, balconies, patio and roof are covered with plants. A specially designed iron structure on the building’s exterior serves as a support for the vertical gardens that reach 90 feet high. In total, more than 900 plants are spread throughout the building. The plants provide a natural insulation against climate extremes, absorb excess water, and help reduce the hotel’s carbon footprint by 80 percent by providing oxygen and absorbing CO2. The plants are...

Report: Fragranced Consumer Products a Health Problem for Many

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA—A University of Melbourne researcher has found that one-third of Australians report health problems—ranging from migraine headaches to asthma attacks—when exposed to common fragranced consumer products such as air fresheners, cleaning products, laundry supplies, and personal care products. The research was conducted by Anne Steinemann, Professor of Civil Engineering and Chair of Sustainable Cities, from the University of Melbourne School of Engineering and published in the journal Preventive Medicine Reports. When exposed to fragranced products, 33 percent of Australians suffer adverse health effects, such as breathing difficulties, headaches, dizziness, rashes, congestion, seizures, nausea, and a range of other physical problems. The...

Teen Dies—A Grim Reminder of Carbon Monoxide Danger

It was more than 10 years ago now that I wrote a column about the dangers of carbon monoxide. Too many innocent hotel guests have been killed by it. In the first annual Green Lodging Survey last year, Greenview and Green Lodging News asked survey participants, “Are tests for carbon monoxide and radon regularly conducted?” Globally, 52 percent said yes. In the U.S., 60 percent said yes. While the question was not 100 percent specific to carbon monoxide, it does indicate there are many who do not monitor for unsafe levels of carbon monoxide. On April 1 this month, a...

Five Organizations Join to Encourage Elimination of Harmful Chemicals

EDENTON, N.C.—Five leaders in a growing movement to encourage the elimination of harmful chemical inputs to consumer products, have come together for an initiative that will encourage the elimination of dangerous substances common in furnishings products. The “What’s it made of?” initiative launched last month. The Initiative consists of a simple Pledge to ASK, and an online tool to support signatories to the pledge in seeking assurance that their suppliers are fully disclosing information on production inputs. The partners plan to expand their efforts with seminars and training sessions within the industry and with consumer outreach. David Levine, CEO of the...

Ellis Hotel’s Themed Floors, Wellness Room Grab Traveler, Media Attention

ATLANTA—The historic, recently renovated Ellis Hotel, an Atlanta landmark for more than a century, is catering to women, pet lovers, wellness aficionados and eco-conscious travelers in a highly unique fashion—by allocating floor and room space to meet the preferences of those travelers, and charging more for it. The 10th floor of the hotel is a women’s only floor, the idea of Tom LaVaccare, Director of Sales & Marketing at the 127-room property. The floor has been a success and has garnered a lot of attention with many major media outlets reporting on it. LaVaccare says the floor is the result...

Green Lodging News Adds AtmosAir Case Study to Website

ODESSA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Odessa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, has added an AtmosAir case study to the Vendor Case Studies section of the Green Lodging News website. The case study focuses on the installation of AtmosAir equipment to provide air purification to 35 hotel rooms at the Homewood Suites in Times Square, New York City. The Albanese Organization, owners of the property, decided to improve guestroom air quality and market Allergy Friendly rooms. The AtmosAir equipment significantly improves indoor air quality by reducing odors, bacteria, mold, mildew, particulate matter, allergens, and irritating VOCs. Homewood Suites offers the...

AtmosAir Allergy Friendly Rooms & the Homewood Suites Times Square

Purpose: The Albanese Organization, owners of the Homewood Suites in Times Square, New York City, decided to improve guestroom air quality and market Allergy Friendly rooms. Solution: AtmosAir™ equipment was installed to provide 24/7 air purification to 35 hotel rooms. Guest Benefits: AtmosAir™ significantly improves indoor air quality by reducing odors, bacteria, mold, mildew, particulate matter, allergens, and irritating VOCs. Pricing Strategy: Homewood Suites offers the Allergy Friendly rooms for a $20 premium. ROI: After the first three months of operation, AtmosAir™ Allergy Friendly rooms were sold out nearly 80 percent of the nights. The AtmosAir™ system was paid for thanks to the...

Demand for enVerid’s HVAC Load Reduction Technology Grows

NEEDHAM, MASS.—With commercial buildings spending as much as $80 billion dollars annually on heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) costs, the industry is looking to new technologies to pave the way for a future that’s friendlier to the bottom line. In the mix is enVerid Systems Inc., a leader in energy savings and indoor air quality solutions for commercial, government and educational buildings, which has seen growing demand for its HVAC Load Reduction (HLR) technology with mechanical engineers, building owners, facilities managers and architects. The HLR module safely and intelligently cleans indoor air of contaminants such as carbon dioxide (CO2), formaldehyde,...

Green Lodging News Adds Clear Pool USA as Directory Partner

ODESSA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Odessa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes Clear Pool USA as a Green Product & Service Directory partner. Clear Pool USA offers two choices to manage algae problems. The blue cylinder kills algae and reduces scaling for up to six months—just drop it into the pump basket. The other is an automatic water purifier that kills algae, reduces scaling and kills bacteria and pathogens including E.coli, pseudomonas, legionella pneumophila (Legionnaires Disease), staphylococcus, steptococcus, salmonella and others, some of which have been proven to be resilient to high levels of chlorine. Both products will help...