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With up to 50 percent to 70 percent of a hotel’s energy bill attributed to heating and cooling (especially in limited-service hotels), there is no question that wise selection of equipment is important. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Heating & Cooling

Home Heating & Cooling
With up to 50 percent to 70 percent of a hotel’s energy bill attributed to heating and cooling (especially in limited-service hotels), there is no question that wise selection of equipment is important. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

New Regulations for Commercial Kitchen Refrigeration

This year is ushering in a host of new regulations for commercial kitchen refrigeration that will drive significant efficiency benefits for kitchen operations. The phasing in of new air quality standards, combined with limits on energy consumption, are all poised to create the most efficient refrigeration cabinets that commercial kitchens have yet seen. Starting in March 2017, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) regulations will go into effect that will set a mandatory limit on the maximum daily energy consumption (MDEC) allowed for a given commercial refrigerator or freezer. In tandem, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program is significantly increasing...

CLeN Dishwashers Launched at NAFEM Show

TROY, OHIO—Hobart launched the new CLeN-series dishwashers at the NAFEM Show in Orlando earlier this month. The CLeN was featured in NAFEM’s WHAT’S HOT! WHAT’S COOL! product gallery. “Our mission is to help customers experience greater efficiency, reliability and cost savings with their dishwashing equipment,” said Tim Peters, Product Line Manager for Hobart. “As demand grows for ‘green’ benefits, increased cost savings, and simplified labor practices, the CLeN helps customers achieve those requirements through superior product innovation and performance.” Hobart’s CLeN Warewasher turns dishwashing into a science, using industry-leading technology to clean dishes and kitchen ware in less time and at...

Green Lodging News Adds ClearWater Tech as Trends Report Sponsor

ODESSA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Odessa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes ClearWater Tech as a Bronze level sponsor of the Green Lodging Trends Report. The Green Lodging Trends Report is the lodging industry’s annual exercise to assess and catalyze green innovation, best practices, and awareness regarding the state of sustainability across hotels worldwide. This year’s Green Lodging Trends Report will summarize the results of a second annual survey produced by Green Lodging News and Greenview. Established in 1986, ClearWater Tech has served the global market as the leading designer, manufacturer, and marketer of ozone generation equipment and related components...

Telkonet Expands EcoSmart Platform

WAUKESHA, WIS.—Telkonet, Inc., creator of the EcoSmart platform of intelligent room automation solutions supporting the emerging Internet of Things (IoT), will introduce a new wireless thermostat, the EcoTouch+ Battery, at the 2017 AHR Expo. Part of the EcoSmart platform, the EcoTouch+ Battery features a user-friendly glass touch screen that offers customers the opportunity to optimize energy efficiency while also enjoying easy, wire-free installation. “The EcoSmart platform is a full suite of wirelessly integrated devices designed to work together to maximize energy efficiency to achieve cost savings,” said Jason Tienor, CEO, Telkonet. “The new EcoTouch+ Battery is another option for customers...

Bosch Announces New Line of Tankless Water Heaters

LONDONDERRY, N.H.—Bosch Thermotechnology Corp. announced a new line of tankless gas condensing water heaters. The Bosch Greentherm 9000 Series offers nine models for high-efficiency domestic hot water in residential or commercial applications, adding new features for easy installation, operation and maintenance. The Consumer Technology Association recently recognized the Greentherm 9900i SE model as a CES 2017 Innovation Awards Honoree. The Greentherm 9000 Series features an Energy Factor of 0.99 with Thermal Efficiency of 100 percent, which is the highest in the industry for condensing gas water heaters. This series achieves temperature stability of plus or minus 2 degrees Fahrenheit through...

Jay Hassel Named to Lead Noritz America

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, CALIF.—Noritz America has announced the promotion of company veteran Jay Hassel from his current post as Vice President of Sales and Marketing to President and Chief Operating Officer. Hassel thus becomes the first American to serve as president for Noritz’s North American subsidiary. He succeeds Hisashi Uryu, who retains the title of Chief Executive Officer while also returning to the parent company in Japan to serve as an officer for Noritz Corp., based in Kobe, Japan. In the wake of these changes, Noritz America has announced two other key management promotions: • Sr. Marketing and Customer Care Manager Jason Fleming...

LEED Gold MGM National Harbor Meets Lofty Sustainability Goals

December 8 was an important day for MGM Resorts International. It was then that it officially opened the LEED Gold MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md. The 308-room property is located minutes from Washington, D.C. The MGM National Harbor is MGM Resorts International’s ninth LEED certification. Cindy Ortega, Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer for MGM Resorts International, said in a press release that the hotel exemplifies MGM’s long-standing effort to implement sustainable and responsible practices across its resorts. I spoke with Todd Megrath, Executive Director of Sustainable Development, MGM Resorts International, about the new property and he...

Umstead Hotel and Spa Partners with Evolve Controls, Intelity

Cary, N.C.—The Umstead Hotel and Spa, a five-star property located just outside Raleigh, N.C., has selected Evolve Controls and Intelity to deploy a fully integrated wireless room control and guest services solution through hotel tablets. This innovative approach is designed to enhance each guest’s stay at the property by combining the power of in-room control features with convenient access to hotel services and information through tablets provided to each guestroom. The Evolve Controls Connected Room Solution allows guests to manage their environment by wirelessly controlling in-room temperature and lighting through Intelity’s intuitive ICE Bedside guest engagement platform. In addition to Evolve’s...

Warewasher Innovations Ensure Significant Water, Energy, Chemical Savings

NATIONAL REPORT—Earlier this year, in September, Green Lodging News reported on a field study of rack and flight conveyor warewashers conducted by Pacific Gas and Electric Company Food Service Technology Center (FSTC). That study documented the energy and water savings and economic benefits of replacing an old inefficient warewasher with a new efficient or best-in-class warewasher. In this article Green Lodging News takes a look at what the leading suppliers of warewashers are currently offering and what makes their machines efficient from an energy, water and chemical perspective. Perhaps with no other water consuming machine in a hotel has there...

EcoSmart by Telkonet Completes Installation at Ibis Hotel in Dubai

WAUKESHA, WIS.—EcoSmart by Telkonet has completed a three-year phased installation of its EcoInsight intelligent thermostats at the Ibis Hotel in Al Barsha, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The thermostats, which feature Recovery Time technology, help to better manage air-conditioning in guestrooms and are now installed in each of the property’s 480 guestrooms to help reduce wasted energy usage in unoccupied rooms. “Warm climates can pose a great challenge to multi-unit property managers trying to balance guest comfort and hard to achieve energy efficiency,” said Jason Tienor, President and CEO, Telkonet. “The EcoSmart platform provides property managers with the tools to be...