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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.

Wyndham Hotels Makes Big Commitment to Stay Well Rooms

It was about five and one-half years ago that “Stay Well” rooms first emerged in our industry at the MGM Grand. These rooms, created by Delos Living, LLC, include features designed to enhance overall health. From advanced air purification to dawn simulation, circadian rhythm lighting and a healthy mattress, the wellness features are specifically designed to allow rejuvenating sleep, deliver purified air, provide specially filtered water and protect guests against allergens and germs. Other hotel properties have since adopted Stay Well rooms, including some Marriotts but the rooms may have gotten their biggest boost yet at the recent Wyndham Hotel Group’s 2018...

Composite Wood Products Must Meet New Formaldehyde Standards

Purchasers of building materials and items such as furniture that contain building materials should always be mindful of formaldehyde risks. Formaldehyde is a colorless, strong-smelling gas used in making building materials. It is used in pressed-wood products, such as particleboard, plywood, and fiberboard; glues and adhesives; permanent-press fabrics; paper product coatings; and certain insulation materials. In certain concentrations it can be cancerous. By the beginning of June this year, virtually all composite wood products manufactured or sold in the United States, as well as products made with composite wood components, must meet tough formaldehyde standards. As a result, manufacturers of...

Modular Bathrooms Offer Faster Construction, Green Benefits

From global hotel operators like Hilton, Marriott and InterContinental Hotels Group to independent hoteliers like the Broadmoor, more hospitality professionals are using modular construction to open properties faster and meet green building goals. “We believe the modular process will be a game changer for our valued development partners, especially during a time when labor shortages can be a challenge to timely openings,” said Karim Khalifa, Marriott International’s former Senior Vice President of Global Design Strategies. The company’s commitment to this building process is highlighted in its Modular Construction Initiative, which called for 50 hotel deals in 2017 to incorporate pre-fabricated bathrooms...

Friedrich Addresses Indoor Air Quality in New Product Designs

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS—Travelers are often weary, and the lodging industry knows it. That’s why promising a quality night’s sleep has become a key marketing advantage touted by many of the top hospitality players. Yet beyond thread count, branded mattresses and customizable pillow menus, some hoteliers are overlooking the basics for creating a better sleeping experience for guests. With allergy and humidity seasons now arriving, the need to increase guest comfort is as obvious as the nose on a face. Thanks to new technology introduced by Friedrich Air Conditioning Co., a leading U.S.-based manufacturer of heating, cooling and other air-conditioning products, the issue...

Illinois Location Gets Eco-Friendly Makeover with Element Hotel

MOLINE, ILL.—Element Hotels, part of Marriott International, and Ctwo Hotels, announced the opening of Element Moline, marking the debut of the eco-conscious, extended-stay brand in Illinois. With the support and inspiration of the Moline Historic Society, Element Moline offers guests eco-friendly and wellness-focused amenities within the historical surroundings of one of Moline’s oldest buildings. Part of the hotel is housed in the O’Rourke Building, a warehouse that was originally built in 1916. “We are thrilled to be bringing Element Hotels to Illinois for the first time with the opening of this landmark property,” said Marlon Whyte, Senior Global Brand Director...

Green Lodging News Adds Clear Pool USA as Directory Partner

ODESSA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Odessa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, has added Clear Pool USA to its Green Product & Service Directory in the “Pool/Mineral Algaecide & Sanitizer” category. Clear Pool USA offers two choices to manage pool algae problems. The blue cylinder (at left) kills algae and reduces scaling. 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 balance...

POOL/MINERAL ALGAECIDE & SANITIZER

Clear Pool USA Non-Chemical Mineral Algaecide & Sanitizer Clear Pool USA offers two choices to manage your algae problems. The blue cylinder (at left) kills algae and reduces scaling. 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 balance pH and chlorine levels that are important for swimmer comfort, (eyes and skin). The automatic purification system can also eliminate harmful chloramines, (that chlorine...

University of Melbourne Research: One in Four Americans Suffer Chemical Sensitivity

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA—University of Melbourne research reveals that one in four Americans report chemical sensitivity, with nearly half this group medically diagnosed with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS), suffering health problems from exposure to common chemical products and pollutants such as insect spray, paint, cleaning supplies, fragrances and petrochemical fumes. 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 of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Professor Steinemann is an international expert on environmental pollutants, air quality, and health effects. Professor Steinemann found the prevalence of...

ChlorKing Upgrades NEXGEN On-site Chlorine Generators

NORCROSS, GA.—ChlorKing has reduced scheduled manual-cleaning requirements for its NEXGEN on-site chlorine generators with the introduction of five new models with self-cleaning capability. The upgraded NEXGENs automatically begin a cleaning cycle every three hours to remove calcium deposits from the electrically-charged plates that convert a mild saline solution to chlorine to sanitize swimming pools. The new models have daily chlorine-production capacities of 10, 20, 40, 60, and 80 pounds, respectively. “This is a feature our customers have requested,” said Steve Pearce, Executive Vice President, ChlorKing. “Depending on their pool sizes and volume of use, many pool and waterpark operators need...

Council Links Saving Energy to Saving Lives

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Saving energy can reduce the number of asthma attacks and other harmful health effects of air pollution from power plants, according to Saving Energy, Saving Lives: The Health Impacts of Avoiding Power Plant Pollution with Energy Efficiency, a pioneering new report released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and Physicians for Social Responsibility that looks at the impact of energy efficiency on U.S. states and cities. In fact, reducing annual electricity use by 15 percent nationwide would save more than six lives every day, prevent nearly 30,000 asthma episodes each year, and save Americans up...