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Everyone has felt the sting of rising energy costs recently. Savvy hoteliers have implemented plans to address these increases. Green Lodging News covers the latest news and trends pertaining to energy management. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Energy Management

Home Energy Management
Everyone has felt the sting of rising energy costs recently. Savvy hoteliers have implemented plans to address these increases. Green Lodging News covers the latest news and trends pertaining to energy management. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

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...

Vermont’s Well-Designed Stone Wall Inn Heated with No Fossil Fuels

WINDHAM, VERMONT—If a building becomes as one as possible with its surrounding environment, can it be energy self-sufficient? Yes, it certainly can. Just ask Bob Shannon, President of The Fourth Corner Foundation, Inc., the nonprofit that runs A Stone Wall Inn in Windham, Vermont. Shannon, an architect with two degrees from Yale University, first thought about the 10-room inn on 12 acres in 1969. The three-building inn with a post-modernist feel is heated entirely by solar energy and wood stoves. Every aspect and angle of the well-insulated inn was designed to maximize the power of the sun. “We are making...

LEDtronics Introduces LED PLL Lamps

TORRANCE, CALIF.—LEDtronics introduces its latest generation of UL-Recognized LED PLL Lamps to replace old-technology fluorescent CFLs. These LED lamps can be directly retrofitted with a simple ballast bypass into existing 4-pin, inline PLL fluorescent fixtures. Applications include ceiling lights in offices, schools, hallways, retail store display lighting, undercabinet lighting, sign backlighting, wall sconce lighting, workspace or cube lighting, and many more. The PLLxxSC series lamps come in 9-inch, 13-inch, 16-inch, and 22-inch lengths, and feature an inline 4-pin 2G11 base. The power consumption ranges from only 9 up to 22 watts, to replace fluorescent lamps of 18 to 50 watts....

Green Lodging News Adds HydroTech Solutions Case Study to Website

ODESSA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Odessa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, has added a HydroTech Solutions, LLC case study to its website. The case study details the success a Fortune 100 headquarters had in utilizing HydroFLOW electronic water conditioning for its cooling system to improve water conservation, energy savings and chemicals reduction. The headquarters campus features two buildings; each with a 1,000-ton cooling tower situated on the rooftop. The cooling towers exhibited scale buildup on infrastructure, fill, and piping. The chiller units are opened for cleaning and inspection annually, with scale accumulation at entry sections. Three cycles of concentration were allowed...

House Appropriations Bill Would Slash Energy Star

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Alliance to Save Energy released the following statement from President Kateri Callahan regarding a House Appropriations bill report that was to be taken up yesterday that would slash the budget for the Energy Star program by approximately 40 percent: “We appreciate that the committee has rejected the administration’s proposal to eliminate Energy Star, but a 40 percent cut would be crippling as well. I have to wonder where this is coming from. Energy Star is one of the most popular government programs in U.S. history and has enjoyed broad bipartisan support since it was created under President George...

Best Western Premier Park Hotel Chooses INNCOM System

MADISON, WIS.—Honeywell announced its INNCOM guestroom automation and energy management project at the Best Western Premier Park Hotel, referred to locally as Park Hotel, in Madison, Wis., is helping them save nearly 25 percent on guestroom energy costs. “Environmental responsibility and maximum guest comfort were primary goals when we started our renovation project in 2015,” said Jay Mullins with Mullins Group, the property’s owner. “This is why we selected Honeywell for the project. We have had no temperature complaints since we installed Honeywell’s system. The INNCOM thermostats are easy for guests to understand and an analysis shows guestroom utility costs...

Measuring the Carbon Footprint of Buildings in a Simple Way

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND—There are hundreds of millions of individual buildings in the world, each presenting multiple and diverse energy needs. Even though most countries have introduced policies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in buildings through measures to improve energy efficiency, these policies have not resulted in a significant reduction in emissions. Thanks to a new ISO standard, determining and reporting a carbon metric of an existing building, associated with the operation of the building, will become easier and will help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. ISO 16745, Sustainability in buildings and civil engineering works—Carbon metric of an existing building during use stage, Parts...

Hoteliers in Extended-Stay Segment Benefit from Cooktop Advancements

NATIONAL REPORT—When a new Residence Inn by Marriott opened in Denver last month, it did so with fully-equipped guestroom kitchens that each include a radiant electric ceramic cooktop. According to Suzanne Owens, VP, Sales, Kenyon International, Inc.—the company that supplied the cooktops—the hotel’s owners made a wise, green choice because of the energy efficiency of the ceramic cooktops. Compared with gas cooking with average efficiencies of 50 percent, cooking with smooth top ceramic cooktops is 75 to 80 percent efficient. Coil cooktops, still found in many extended-stay hotels, are about 65 percent efficient. While requiring more investment, cool induction...

MaxLite Launches New J-Box Downlight

WEST CALDWELL, N.J.—Expanding its portfolio of LED products designed to save installers time and money, MaxLite introduces the J-Box Downlight as the easy and economical way to add high quality recessed lighting to residential and commercial spaces. The downlight is built with an integral junction box that eliminates the need for a traditional recessed housing during installation in new construction and retrofit projects. The fixture simply gets wired to a wall switch and placed into the ceiling—no can, bulb or extra labor required. MaxLite offers the J-Box Downlight in 4- and 6-inch diameters, and color temperatures of 2700K, 3000K and...

The Ellis Hotel Awarded Green Seal Certification

ATLANTA—The Ellis Hotel has a heart of green. The recently renovated property, downtown Atlanta’s only independent hotel, has earned Silver certification to Green Seal’s Standard for Hotels & Lodging Properties (GS-33). This achievement, which has only been attained by four other Georgian hotels, is based on a rigorous, independent evaluation of The Ellis Hotel’s features, operations and processes. “We salute the Ellis Hotel for its leadership in sustainability as a Green Seal-certified hotel,” said Arthur B. Weissman, Ph.D., Green Seal’s president and CEO. “Its continual innovation shows how sustainability can position hotels at the cutting edge of the market and...