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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.

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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.

Excel Dryer Announces Publication of Dry Time, Energy Use Results

EAST LONGMEADOW, MASS.—Excel Dryer, Inc., creator of the high-speed, energy-efficient hand dryer category, announced the publication of the industry’s first dry time and energy use results in compliance with the first global Product Category Rule (PCR) published by UL Environment (a business division of Underwriters’ Laboratories). SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company was selected by Excel Dryer to test the XLERATOR Hand Dryer models. The original, patented, high-speed, energy-efficient XLERATOR Hand Dryer recorded an 8 second dry time and 3.7 Wh of energy per use while the XLERATOReco Hand Dryer recorded 10 seconds, 1.7 Wh,...

Closed Loop Shower System Offers 80 Percent Energy, 90 Percent Water Savings

SAUSALITO, CALIF.—Is a spa-like shower experience with 90 percent less water consumption and 80 percent less energy consumption possible in a hotel guestroom shower? According to shower system innovator Orbital Systems, it has proven to be very possible—thanks to founder Mehrdad Mahdjoubi’s work with the NASA Mars missions. The company that has U.S. offices in Sausalito, Calif. says it already has 45 installations, including some hotels. The U.S. version of the Oas shower will be available in mid-September. “When an Orbital is recycling the water, it goes into a receptacle that analyzes the purity of the water. That purity is...

Honeywell System Implemented at Crown Perth Complex

PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA—Honeywell successfully implemented its networked Building Management and Energy Management Systems at the new Crown Towers Hotel, which is an expansion of the Crown complex in Perth, Australia. The Honeywell Enterprise Building Integrator (EBI) and Building Management System (BMS) are integrated with Honeywell’s INNCOM guestroom Energy Management System (EMS) to optimize enterprise building controls, improve energy efficiency, and coordinate access controls, lighting and drapes. The INNCOM system is also implemented at Crown Perth’s Promenade Hotel. At the recently completed Crown Towers, Honeywell provided all Building Management System (BMS), guestroom management (GRMS), security and access control, dry fire, and...

Green Lodging News Adds Solar America Solutions as Founding Sponsor

ODESSA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Odessa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes Solar America Solutions as a Founding Sponsor. Solar America Solutions offers affordable solar thermal energy to hotel facilities and operations. The company’s SunQuest 250 easily retrofits into almost any existing hot water or space heat system and is proven to work extremely well in cloudy and cold conditions. Third generation and patented SunQuest 250 solar thermal collectors are 96% efficient and are a mechanically simple system with only one moving part. Solar America Solutions’ solar collectors are warranted for 10 years against 1″ hail and 150 MPH winds...

Jiminy Peak Wind Turbine Turns 10, Resort Now Powered by 100 Percent Renewable Energy

HANCOCK, MASS.—In 2007, when Jiminy Peak installed a $4 million 1.5 megawatt (MW) wind turbine on the western flank of its mountain, many thought the 70-year-old resort was taking a huge financial risk. Last month, 10 years after the switch was thrown, Brian Fairbank, Chairman of The Fairbank Group that runs the resort, looks back at a risk worth taking. The 253-ft. high turbine paid for itself in seven years, and today, combined with a 12-acre 2.3 megawatt (MW) solar field and 75 kWh cogeneration unit at the slopeside Country Inn at Jiminy Peak, the resort can claim to be...

Save Energy Systems Updates HVAC Management System

WESTBOROUGH, MASS.—Save Energy Systems, an energy-efficiency services company that reduces HVAC expenses for commercial and industrial businesses, announced numerous significant feature updates to its patented Demand-Limiting Controller HVAC management system. These enhancements provide even greater control and precision of the climate in different zones of a building, the ability to detect the optimum conditions to cycle down HVAC compressors, machine learning of optimal start-up times, and duct supply temperature monitoring to prevent coil freeze-up. “The Demand-Limiting Controller is already the smartest investment any small to medium-sized business can make to slash energy costs while improving climate conditions for occupants,” said...

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...