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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.

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...

Steps to Healthy Hotel Housekeeping & Related Business Success

The American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) reports there are about 50,000 hotel properties in the United States, providing 5 million rooms, and creating 2 million jobs. In a recent year, guests spent $2.5 billion a day, $105.8 million per hour, $1.8 million per minute, and $29,398 a second. (1) In a competitive market, successful hotels strive to meet guest expectations; including providing a clean, healthy environment. In a survey of 1,495 American travelers conducted by research firm TNS (2), 86 percent cited cleanliness as very important when seeking a place to stay, and 80 percent would rather give up Internet...

PURE Rooms Welcomes Jill Dean Rigsbee as V.P., Business Development

BUFFALO, N.Y.—PURE Rooms has named Jill Dean Rigsbee as Vice President, Business Development. Rigsbee will be responsible for the leadership of the PURE sales and business development team, managing new business opportunities and customizing solutions to meet hotels’ needs and guest demands. Rigsbee is a well-known trusted advisor in the hospitality industry with over 30 years of experience. She began her career working in hotels with various management companies for over a decade. For six years, she focused on hotel room operation supplies, FF&E and innovative products with Guest Supply. Rigsbee joins PURE Rooms from Avendra, a leading hospitality procurement and services company,...

VivoAquatics Releases Report on Recreational Water Safety

LOS ANGELES—VivoAquatics, a leader in providing innovative and sustainable aquatic solutions, has just announced the publication of the first data driven assessment of water safety and management: “State of Market - Recreational Water Safety in Commercial Facilities”. The report, the result of analyzing over 7 million data points and surveying hundreds of commercial hotels, waterparks, apartment buildings, fitness clubs and municipalities is the first publication of its kind to provide detailed analysis of water safety and management practices in commercial properties. The State of the Market report also provides insights into emerging regulations, trends and technologies that properties are using...

Airfree Introduces Its Air Purifiers to Lodging Industry

NATIONAL REPORT—Airfree introduces its air purifiers that are effective against bacteria, viruses, mildew, mold, dust mite allergens, pet allergens, pollen, and tobacco odors. SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, and dozens of other international laboratories have proved the effectiveness of Airfree air purifiers at reducing the amount of microorganisms and harmful substances from the air. The TSS technology used is an exclusive and patented technology used in Airfree’s air purifiers, is established in over 50 countries worldwide, and is completely silent. There are no fans or turbines. Airfree air purifiers do not require any maintenance or...

enVerid Expands HLR Product Line with Rooftop Model

BOSTON—enVerid Systems, Inc. announced at AHR Expo 2018 the launch of its new HVAC Load Reduction (HLR) module for rooftop installations. Designed for outdoors, the HLR 1000E-R system builds on the success of enVerid’s HLR modules for indoor deployments in commercial, government and academic buildings. “Adoption of our HLR solutions has accelerated among Fortune 500 companies and major universities,” said Dr. Udi Meirav, CEO and founder, enVerid Systems, Inc. “We have listened closely to the needs in the marketplace and are pleased to meet the demand we’re seeing for an outdoor solution that provides the immediate payback on HVAC designs...

Friedrich Launches FreshAire PTAC, VRP Dehumidification Option

CHICAGO—For the lodging, multi-family and commercial building industry, it’s sure to be a breath of fresh air when Friedrich, a leading U.S.-based manufacturer of heating, cooling and other air-conditioning products, launches its new PTAC system at this year’s AHR Expo in Chicago, January 22 to 24. Called Friedrich FreshAire PTAC, the company is once again pioneering what’s possible for achieving exceptional indoor air quality by introducing the first-ever PTAC to combine an energy efficient inverter compressor with the ability to bring in conditioned make-up air (MUA). Friedrich FreshAire PTAC is a game-changer for being able to meet ASHRAE 62.1-2013 standards, which...

Johnson Controls Partners with AtmosAir Solutions

FAIRFIELD, CONN.—Johnson Controls (JCI), a leading supplier of air handling and building controls equipment worldwide, and AtmosAir Solutions, a leading manufacturer of air purification systems using Bi-Polar Ionization, have partnered to deliver measurably cleaner indoor air quality. This collaboration will help JCI provide outstanding air purification performance in their YORK Air Handling Systems. “We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Johnson Controls,” stated Steve Levine, President and CEO of Clean Air Group, Inc. who manufacturers the AtmosAir Solutions product line. “There has been so much recent press and research on the negative impact poor indoor air quality has on people’s...