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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.

Sweden’s Scandic Hotels Introduces Standard for Allergy-Friendly Rooms

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN—Scandic is the world’s first hotel company to introduce a standard for allergy-friendly rooms. This means that guests booking allergy-friendly rooms can expect considerations including wooden floors and fragrance-free, hypoallergenic toiletries approved by the Swedish Asthma and Allergy Assn. The rooms are also prepared according to strict cleaning procedures and are not located on floors where pets can stay. The new standard will be part of Scandic’s unique 159-point accessibility standard. More than 150 million people in Europe have some type of allergy. Most of them probably do not need specific allergy-friendly hotel rooms. But the fact is that more...

Can Green Design Enhance the Guest Experience?

NATIONAL REPORT—When a guest walks into a hotel, they’re often tired from a long day of travel. They want a warm, comfortable room where they can relax and unwind, an accommodating space where they’re free to kick off their shoes. In this regard, the standard hotel is satisfactory. Of course, professionals in the hospitality industry don’t want to provide just a “satisfactory” experience for their customers. To separate themselves from their competition, they need to go beyond what others have done in the past. They must adapt their practices to remain relevant. Green design represents an opportunity. With the application of...

MGM Springfield Receives Industry’s First LEED Platinum Certification

LAS VEGAS—MGM Resorts International announced that MGM Springfield, located in Springfield, Mass., has received the world’s first United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) New Construction Platinum level certification for a gaming resort. MGM Springfield, which opened in August 2018, is the company’s most recent development. Working closely with state and city officials, as well as the local community, MGM Resorts committed to designing and building a property that exemplifies the company’s values in support of environmental sustainability and positive social impact while honoring local history and architecture. A significant enabler of the LEED Platinum rating...

Awair Announces $10 Million Series B Financing

SAN FRANCISCO—Awair, the creators of intelligent air quality monitors for homes and enterprises, announces a $10 million Series B financing led by The Westly Group, with additional investment from Altos Ventures, Emerson Electric, iRobot and Nuovo Capital. With the newly secured funding, Awair will focus on increasing production to fulfill the rising demand for both their consumer solutions, research and development for new products and continued growth of their enterprise business through an expanded sales process. “Air impacts all aspects of our health and well-being,” says Awair co-founder, Ronald Ro. “There is a massive opportunity in how we design, build,...

Radon Maps Don’t show Radon Levels in a Specific Building

NATIONAL REPORT—“Radon maps” is a term that frequently crops up when talking about the risk of radon. A radon map provides a general picture of the areas where there is a risk of high radon levels. These maps are available at both national and regional levels. However, the problem with a radon map is the false sense of security it can give regarding a specific building. Despite this, Radonova is seeing a growing number of cases where private individuals and workplaces are using radon maps to try to determine the radon level in their specific indoor environment. “Radon maps are designed...

Pure Wellness Adds Two Luxury Hotels to Portfolio

ATLANTA—Pure Wellness, a pioneer and leader in hotel guestroom wellness solutions, announces two luxury property additions to their portfolio of certified Pure Rooms. The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta and The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota now offer certified Pure Rooms to their guests. “Ritz-Carlton, where ‘Ladies and Gentleman serve Ladies and Gentlemen,’ has long represented the gold standard in service and luxury,” notes Larry Hall, CEO of Pure Wellness. “With the addition of certified Pure Rooms to The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota and The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta, discriminating travelers can now enjoy the benefits of a certified Pure Room in the warm, relaxed, and refined ambiance of a...

Awair Adds Light & Noise Tracking to Enterprise Indoor Air Quality Monitor

SAN FRANCISCO—Awair, the creators of intelligent air quality monitoring solutions, announced that Awair Omni, the company’s enterprise air quality monitor, now tracks light and noise levels in addition to air quality. Thanks to this new functionality, facility owners, building managers, realtors and other professionals will be able to track light and noise levels in a way that benefits employees, tenants, customers and other occupants. This new addition makes Omni one of the few devices available that tracks tenant wellness through a variety of factors, incorporating light, noise and air quality into its monitoring to create healthier, more productive spaces. Importance...

Miami Mold Specialist Adds New Line of IAQ, Anti-Mold Products

MIAMI—Miami Mold Specialist, a South Florida-based indoor environmental and mold removal services company, has recently unveiled their new complete branded line of full-spectrum indoor air quality (IAQ) and anti-mold products. This all-new proprietary product line of mold cleaners, mold prevention inhibitors and specialized IAQ cleaning and maintenance products are VOC-free, eco-friendly and contain no harsh chemicals. Miami Mold Specialist’s new line of IAQ, mold removal, HVAC and AC cleaning, and mold prevention products offer the latest biotechnological advancements to safely and effectively eliminate toxic mold, prevent mold growth, inhibit future potential mold and mildew outbreaks, while mitigating the musty odor smell typically associated with poor ventilation,...

Embassy Suites by Hilton Crystal City Adds Pure Wellness Rooms

CRYSTAL CITY, VA.—Embassy Suites by Hilton Crystal City National Airport announced the completion of its guestroom renovation as part of a $10.7 million dollar investment. As part of the transformation, the all two-room suite hotel launched 12 new Pure Wellness suites. The Pure Wellness suites are nearly 99.9 percent allergen-free due to an in-room filtration system that removes air particles. Specially treated surfaces and hypoallergenic bedding, including mattresses and pillow covers, reduce allergens and resist molds, spores and dust mites. As part of the renovation, Embassy Suites by Hilton Crystal City National Airport increased the number of two double bed suites from 50 to 90. These rooms comfortably...

Pure Wellness Installs 28 Pure Rooms in Chicago

ATLANTA—Pure Wellness, a pioneer in hotel guestroom wellness solutions, has installed 28 Pure Rooms at two properties in the Windy City. Now, wellness-minded travelers visiting Silversmith Hotel Chicago Downtown, a Historic Hotels of America inductee, or the Sofitel Chicago can experience a Pure Room. “The leadership teams at The Silversmith Hotel Chicago and the Sofitel Chicago recognize the importance of serving the wellness-minder traveler—a very large and growing market segment,” says Larry Hall, CEO of Pure Wellness. “The wellness-minded traveler makes choices that lead to a state of holistic health, and a Pure Room satisfies their need for purified air,...