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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.

Green Lodging News, Greenview Launch Green Lodging Trends Report 2017

ODESSA, FLA. & SINGAPORE—September 18, 2017—Green Lodging News, lodging’s leading environmental news source, and Greenview, a leader in advancing hotel sustainability, have released the Green Lodging Trends Report 2017. The second annual report details the results of the Green Lodging Trends Report Survey and is available at no cost by clicking here. The report is based on data from 2,093 hotels in 46 countries and provides industry trends on topics ranging from energy management to communication to—for the first time in its own category—Health & Wellness. The report includes results of 110 best practices in 12 categories. Sponsors this year...

Biodiesel Helps Clear the Air in Most Visited National Park

GATLINBURG, TENN.—The last thing a hiker wants to encounter is a haze of smog that diminishes the view from atop a picturesque vista. With more than 11 million visitors annually, Great Smoky Mountains National Park strives to maintain its pristine natural beauty by adopting practices that reduce the park’s environmental footprint. “At Great Smoky Mountains National Park we have implemented a comprehensive strategy to limit our environmental impact and reduce carbon emissions,” said Brian Bergsma, Deputy Chief of Facility Management. “Biodiesel and Bioheat are front and center in that effort.” In 2016, the park used 43,085 gallons of biodiesel (B20) resulting...

PURE Rooms Experiencing Rapid Growth in Allergy Travel Market

BUFFALO, N.Y.—PURE Solutions, a leading provider of asthma and allergy-friendly hotel rooms, has recently seen a strong uptick in demand for its services. This year, the company has already installed more than 520 rooms at 31 hotels across the United States. PURE Rooms utilize state of the art treatments and advanced purification technology to create an environment that is more comfortable for people with asthma, allergies and other respiratory conditions. PURE Rooms CEO Brian Brault described his company’s expansion as “a key opportunity to help make travel easier for this growing segment of the population.” “With 1 in 4 Americans experiencing symptoms, chronic respiratory conditions...

Friedrich’s VRP HVAC System Lands Award of Excellence

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS–Industry awards continue to stack up for Friedrich Air Conditioning Company’s VRP (Variable Refrigerant Packaged) Heat Pump system. Most recently, Friedrich’s VRP system was named a Silver Award Winner for Excellence in the Indoor Air Quality category by The Air Conditioning Heating & Refrigeration News (ACHR News) magazine. Friedrich was honored as part of the magazine’s 14th annual Dealer Design Awards Program, as judged by an independent panel of contractors. Unlike other systems, VRP is earning notoriety as a total HVAC solution that utilizes a Precision Inverter compressor that gives it exceptional performance, increased efficiencies of up to...

Fresh Wave IAQ Introduces Smoke Away Air & Fabric Liquid

LONG GROVE, ILL.—Fresh Wave IAQ announced the launch of its innovative Smoke Away Air & Fabric Liquid eco-friendly odor-control solution, which is specifically designed to safely and effectively eliminate severe cannabis and tobacco smoke odors without the use of harsh chemicals. Ideal for commercial environments where smoke odors can be an issue—hotels, resorts, casinos, and vehicle rental companies—Fresh Wave IAQ Smoke Away Air & Fabric Liquid is a new proprietary solution that is natural, non-toxic, biodegradable, and completely safe to use around staff and guests, including pets. Without masking odors with synthetic fragrance, this new solution instantly bonds to and eliminates...

Air Pollution’s Impact on Solar Cell Effectiveness

DURHAM, N.C.—Global solar energy production is taking a major hit due to air pollution and dust. According to a new study, airborne particles and their accumulation on solar cells are cutting energy output by more than 25 percent in certain parts of the world. The regions hardest hit are also those investing the most in solar energy installations: China, India and the Arabian Peninsula. The study appears online June 23 in Environmental Science & Technology Letters. “My colleagues in India were showing off some of their rooftop solar installations, and I was blown away by how dirty the panels were,” said...

Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort Villages and Spa Reduce Carbon Emissions with Eco-Burner

TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS—Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort Villages and Spa has been awarded eco-burner’s very first Carbon Savings Certificate. Beaches Turks and Caicos are the first recipient of this carbon saving award for their dedication to saving the environment and making a difference for future generations. The resort, located on the islands of Turk and Caicos, has been using eco-burner for the last two years, changing from traditional chemical chafing fuel methods to eco-burner’s safer, cleaner and greener solution. In this time they have made the colossal saving of 79 tons of carbon emissions saving the same amount...

Transition to Greener, Cleaner Alternatives to Toxic Chafing Dish Fuel Gel

Dumping toxic waste. That is what most of our industry has been doing for years with partially used cans of chafing dish fuel gel. I wrote about the problem two and one-half years ago. According to industry experts, that is still happening. Most chafing dish fuel gels found today are made from corn-based ethanol, methanol and other additives to help the product burn hotter. Methanol is added to make it too toxic for consumption. Fuel gel using methanol and other additives is considered hazardous waste and should be treated as such. Methanol gel is poisonous and contains dioxin and...

Innovative Suppliers Help Make Portable Food Heaters Safer, More Efficient

NATIONAL REPORT—For banquets and other gatherings, the number of eco-friendly portable food heating and warming solutions has grown in recent years. Some use electricity, others use greener versions of the more traditional fuel gels, while at least one company uses what it calls a Chafo that burns natural gas. Green Lodging News has reported on fuel gels in the past. Some are toxic, hazardous in numerous ways, and can even impact the taste and quality of the food being heated. “The traditional alcohol gel is like an aerosol can putting out CFCs,” says David Moreland, “Chief Bottle Washer” at SMART...

Hilton, AtmosAir Join to Offer Five Feet to Fitness in Guestroom

FAIRFIELD, CONN.—Hilton Hotels and AtmosAir have partnered together, bringing the “purest” fitness center into the guestroom. Called Five Feet to Fitness, this new room type includes more than 11 pieces of fitness equipment and accessories that make it easier for travelers to work out privately in their own guestrooms. Instead of just placing workout equipment into a hotel room, Hilton Hotels has ripped out carpet and put down performance flooring that you’d find in the world’s best fitness center. In order to maximize the hotel guest’s workout and breathing space, Hilton Hotels have also included AtmosAir filters in these...