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Allergy friendly rooms, air purifiers, smoke-free hotels, chemical sensitivities, volatile organic compounds. As travelers and workers demand clean air and a healthy environment to work and sleep in, 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: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

Air Quality

Home Air Quality
Allergy friendly rooms, air purifiers, smoke-free hotels, chemical sensitivities, volatile organic compounds. As travelers and workers demand clean air and a healthy environment to work and sleep in, 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: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

Safe Space Technologies Introduces UVC Disinfection Solutions

PITTSBURGH, PA.—Safe Space Technologies, a Pittsburgh-based robotics company manufacturing intelligent UVC disinfection products that provide safer everyday environments, announced its line of UVC Disinfection Solutions. Using cutting edge technology, the company offers products that require less time, labor and lower overall costs compared to manual disinfection methods that introduce the element of human error. “By harnessing the disinfection properties of UVC light we are giving customers a more efficient path towards disinfection services,” said Chris Proud, Safe Space Technologies CEO. “In a time when many businesses are required to thoroughly disinfect their environments on a level they have never had...

Organizations Join to Address Safety of UVC Germicidal Devices

NORTHBROOK, ILL.—With a shared commitment to the safety and performance of electrical lighting, UL, a leading global safety science company, the American Lighting Assn. (ALA) and the National Electrical Manufacturers Assn. (NEMA) have released a new position paper due to an increased demand for sanitizing and germicidal capabilities in the face of COVID-19. The position paper has two goals: to bring attention to ultraviolet light device safety risks; and to help manufacturers, retailers and consumers understand which devices are safe and under what conditions they can be operated safely. The paper, “Ultraviolet-C (UVC) Germicidal Devices: What Consumers Need To Know,” provides a deeper look at...

First WELL Lodging Doing Quite Well One Year After Certification

ENCINITAS, CALIF.—A year after receiving Platinum WELL Certification for her Inn at Moonlight Beach—the first lodging establishment in the world to do so—owner Shangwen Chiu Kennedy has no regrets about the investment. Well Certification is a result of the International WELL Building Institute’s collaboration with Green Business Certification Inc. According to the Institute, there are currently 4,421 projects encompassing over 623 million square feet that are applying WELL across 63 countries. There is at least one additional Well hotel project. The boutique Inn at Moonlight Beach consists of five modern suites, 10 distinct gardens, and an owner’s quarters. The Inn...

Houston Convention Center Reopens with Air Biodefence Filtration

HOUSTON—Houston’s GEORGE R. BROWN Convention Center announced they are deploying inventor and CEO Monzer Hourani’s Integrated Viral Protection Air Biodefence Filtration System at Avenida Houston. “The time for action is now, and helping our hometown reopen in record timing with this proven science that kills COVID-19 is so important to me as we use Houston-based research to help lead us out of this crisis and get us back to business,” said Monzer Hourani, inventor, and founder of IVP. Integrated Viral Protection’s S1 model is an affordable, mobile, plug-and-purify device proven to eliminate SARS-CoV-2 (99.999%), anthrax spores (99.8%) and other airborne contaminants...

Hotel Paso del Norte Among First Hotels to Open with Pathogen-Removing Air Filtration System

EL PASO, TEXAS—In El Paso, Texas, a historic hotel built in 1912, Hotel Paso del Norte (Marriott Autograph Collection), has been undergoing a multi-million-dollar, multi-year renovation to bring it to the grandeur of yesteryear with a wide array of modern amenities. As part of the final touches before re-opening later this year, the hotel will be among the world’s first Marriott Autograph Collection Hotels to install a state-of-the-art air filtration system throughout the hotel’s entire HVAC system. The Plasma Air system has been shown to remove 99 percent of bacteriophage in the air after 10 minutes of use. Common...

FreshAir Sensor Allows for Rapid Response to Indoor Cigarette, Marijuana Smoking

NATIONAL REPORT—According to the recently released J.D. Power 2020 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index (NAGSI) Study, meeting guest expectations for cleanliness continues to be a strong driver of guest satisfaction. “In fact, satisfaction with guestroom cleanliness has been climbing steadily for many years,” says Andrea Stokes, Hospitality Practice lead at J.D. Power. With guest attention to cleanliness at a hyper level due to COVID-19, making sure guests need not worry about lingering cigarette or marijuana odor is even more critical. As far as the hotel industry has come in banning indoor smoking (97 percent of hotel rooms are nonsmoking),...

Palms Hotel & Spa Partners with RGF Environmental Group

PORT OF PALM BEACH, FLA.—RGF Environmental Group, Inc., a Florida-based environmental design and manufacturing company, announced The Palms Hotel & Spa is now sanitizing the air for guests and staff through installation of RGF’s PHI-Cell in-duct air purification systems. Last week, the independently owned and managed luxury resort known for its green initiatives completed installation of 320 total ‘PHI Package’ units, enough for every guestroom AC system, and all public and back-of-house areas including the lobby, gym, spa, kitchen, laundry room, and offices. “We believe RGF has the safest and most environmentally-friendly product in the industry to clean both the...

Onsite Utility Services Launches Hospitality Clean Air As-a-Service Solution

DELAVAN, WIS.—As hotels strategize to reopen and operate in today’s new COVID environment, hotel owners and managers are scrambling to upgrade their HVAC systems to provide a safer, healthier indoor environment for workers, tenants, customers and students. Onsite Utility Services Capital (OUS Capital) once again leads the market with an innovative solution that solves this problem by giving hotels the cleaner indoor air they need, while potentially reducing their overall energy costs—all without any investment, debt or risk. It is called Clean Air as a Service. Powered by Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization (NPBI), Clean Air as a Service works inside a building’s...

How Air Quality Management in Hotels Can Make a Difference Against COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has created a new normal, and the only seemingly certain thing is uncertainty. When will the economy reopen? How can we be sure it is safe to reopen? What steps can we take to ensure everyone is safe upon reopening? For hotels, which are especially hit hard by the pandemic response, answers to these questions are imperative. Hotel occupancy has dropped about 70% overall during the pandemic, with tourist centers like Hawaii and New York City showing marked declines. As businesses begin to reopen, hotels will likely see increases in occupancy rates, however, the worst is not...

Leading Tribal Casino to Reopen with UV-C Air Disinfection

VALENCIA, CALIF.—UltraViolet Devices, Inc. (UVDI) announced it is partnering with the Mole Lake Casino Lodge and Conference Center to provide seven Air Disinfection systems for the Tribal casino’s air handling units. The UVDI V-MAX Grid Air Disinfection Systems are an integral part of the casino’s plan to reopen with enhanced coronavirus disinfection protocols to help protect guests and employees. Mole Lake Casino Lodge is installing a custom-configured UVDI V-MAX GRID system that uses high-output UV-C lamps with proven scientific confirmation of 99 percent coronavirus inactivation and which meet CDC and ASHRAE Airborne Infection Control guidelines. UVDI’s proprietary software system incorporates...