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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.

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...

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...

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...

Indoor Comfort Depends on Humidity as Much as Temperature

OCEAN ISLE BEACH, N.C.—With summer officially underway, Innovative Dehumidifier Systems knows that homeowners and property managers are looking for ways to balance indoor comfort and cooling costs. And with all the focus seemingly on thermostat settings, it’s easy to forget that relative humidity is equally important in creating a healthful and comfortable indoor environment, as well as saving on energy costs. Humidity levels naturally rise during the summer, as southerly winds transport tropical moisture into the continental United States. In general, warmer air can contain more moisture, and water evaporates more easily at higher temperatures. For many homeowners, summers are...

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...

Onity Featuring SensorStat at HITEC

SALEM, ORE.—Onity is featuring the newest version of its SensorStat energy management solution at HITEC from June 26 to 29 at booth 1711. SensorStat is designed to maximize energy efficiency without sacrificing comfort. It combines an intelligent guest room thermostat, door/window sensors, and passive infrared (PIR) occupancy detection capability. Designed for a complete range of property sizes, SensorStat can scale from standalone, in-room control to a fully networked solution integrated with building automation systems.

Verdant Releases Redesigned VX Series Energy Management Thermostat

LACHINE, QUEBEC—Verdant, a leader in commercial energy management solutions, released a redesigned version of the award-winning VX energy management thermostat at the IHG Americas Sales Conference. Now available in black or white to suit all color palettes, the redesigned VX boasts the same powerful energy saving features of the previous generation in a more compact and ergonomic design. Verdant thermostats cut hotel energy bills by nearly 20 percent by reducing unnecessary energy consumption when rooms are unoccupied. Each thermostat can be managed and configured online via a cloud-based portal. The Verdant VX energy management thermostat is an easy-to-use self-install product,...

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...

Javits Center Releases First Sustainability Report

NEW YORK—New York Convention Center Operating Corporation (NYCCOC) President and CEO Alan Steel announced the issuance of the Javits Center’s first-ever Sustainability Report, which outlines the efforts to green the largest convention center in New York. The 31-page report details a host of sustainable initiatives implemented at the Javits Center, including a significant reduction in the building’s energy consumption, the creation of a wildlife sanctuary and the establishment of partnerships with educational and community institutions, as well as customers and other government organizations. To read the entire report, visit www.javitscenter.com. Since 2014, 26 bird species have been observed on or...