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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.

Park MGM/NoMad to be Las Vegas Strip’s Only Smoke-Free Casino-Resort

LAS VEGAS—MGM Resorts International announced that Park MGM and NoMad Las Vegas will open their doors on September 30, completing the reopening of all of its properties around the world following closures earlier this year amid the Covid-19 crisis. Upon reopening, Park MGM/NoMad will be The Strip’s first fully smoke-free casino resort. “Opening Park MGM and NoMad represent significant milestones, as they are the last of our properties to welcome back employees and guests alike,” said Bill Hornbuckle, MGM Resorts CEO and President. “The last six months have presented extraordinary challenges and I could not be prouder of the MGM...

CLEANING & MAINTENANCE/UV DISINFECTION

Spectrum UVC UVC Sanitizing—Powerful, Portable, Cost Effective The 850M9 is lighter and more mobile than competing units but is at the same time more powerful for better disinfection in less time. We use these units in contract service and find them to be very user friendly. When guests feel safe occupancy increases. Decrease turnaround time. Proven against COVID-19, bacteria, mold. Reduce chemical use! Call (405) 919-2982 for more information. Spectrum UVC » Email for Details »

Carrier and Cushman & Wakefield Collaborate

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLA.—Carrier Global Corporation, a leading global provider of innovative HVAC, refrigeration, fire, security and building automation technologies, and Cushman & Wakefield, a leading global real estate services firm, have agreed to collaborate to introduce Carrier’s premier healthy building solutions for Cushman & Wakefield’s clients through Carrier’s Healthy Buildings Program. “By working with Carrier, Cushman & Wakefield can offer differentiated services and solutions as part of its 6 Feet Office concept to our clients,” said Bryan Jacobs, President of Global IFM, Cushman & Wakefield. “This collaboration will position us to exceed our clients’ expectations by helping to deliver...

GreenTech Offers Advice on Virus, Air Purification

JOHNSON CITY, TENN.—Unscrupulous sellers across the country are falsely claiming both commercial and in-home air purification systems kill coronavirus. While air purification technologies, including GreenTech Environmental’s proprietary methods, have been used successfully to curb the spread of viruses including SARS and even Ebola, no air purification system has published results of singular and scientific testing against the coronavirus. As the United States grapples with reopening plans for schools, restaurants, hotels, and entertainment facilities, GreenTech Environmental is urging air purification buyers, including commercial and consumer buyers, to use air purification as part of a comprehensive mitigation strategy rather than the singular...

Have You Thought About UVC Light Machines for Guestroom ‘Cleaning’?

It has been said that “crisis breeds innovation.” That has certainly been true in our industry and others since the onset of the pandemic. One of the innovations I have been seeing more often in recent months is portable or even robotic ultraviolet (UV) light machines that can be used by housekeepers or others in maintenance for guestrooms and public areas. They tend to use UVC light as compared to UVA or UVB. UVC light has a wavelength range of 100 to 280 nanometers (nm) and is widely acknowledged as the most effective light to eradicate germs. The machines...

Selection of Virus-Zapping Machines Utilizing UVC Light Keeps Growing

NATIONAL REPORT—Earlier this year the Westin Houston Medical Center announced it was using LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robots to sanitize and disinfect its guestrooms and common areas to help combat the threat of coronavirus. The robots use intense germicidal UV light to disinfect rooms by quickly destroying microscopic bacteria and viruses that may be missed during the manual cleaning process. Operated by hotel staff, the robot uses pulsed xenon (a noble gas) to create intense broad-spectrum UV light. The room disinfection technology was provided by Xenex Disinfection Services. Xenex Disinfection Services is just one of a number of companies now selling UV...

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...