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Everyone has felt the sting of rising energy costs recently. Savvy hoteliers have implemented plans to address these increases. Green Lodging News covers the latest news and trends pertaining to energy management. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Energy Management

Home Energy Management
Everyone has felt the sting of rising energy costs recently. Savvy hoteliers have implemented plans to address these increases. Green Lodging News covers the latest news and trends pertaining to energy management. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

EarthTronics Introduces Vapor Tight LED Series with Sensor

MUSKEGON, MICH.—EarthTronics, dedicated to developing innovative energy-efficient lighting products that provide a positive economic and environmental impact, introduces its new line of IP65 wet location rated Vapor Tight LEDs with an integral microwave sensor to provide a low-cost solution for lighting parking garages, cold storage, walkways, stairwells, under canopy, exterior retail and other wet, dusty and dirty environments. The 48-inch long, Vapor Tight LEDs with the integral microwave sensor from EarthTronics are available in 30 and 40 watts, producing 4200 and 5600 lumens with a 150° beam angle. Both units feature a 5000K color temperature with a high 80+ CRI....

Verdant Bringing NEW ZX Thermostat to HITEC Minneapolis

MONTREAL, QUEBEC—Next week at HITEC Minneapolis, Verdant will display its newest guestroom energy-management thermostat. Smart, simple and intuitive, the new ZX energy-management thermostat leverages Verdant’s powerful energy-saving features in a sleek and trendy design. Verdant ZX will be on display in Booth 1234, June 17 to 20, at the Minneapolis Convention Center. “This is the first time that HITEC attendees in North America will have the opportunity to see, touch and try our newest guestroom thermostat,” said Michael Serour, Verdant VP of Sales. “The ZX thermostat combines all of our best energy-saving features in a sleek new design. It’s easy...

ASHRAE Publishes New Guideline on Energy Efficiency for Historic Buildings

ATLANTA—ASHRAE published a new guideline for increasing energy efficiency in historic buildings while minimizing the disturbance of the building’s historic character and significantly historic characteristics and materials. ASHRAE Guideline 34-2019, Energy Guideline for Historic Buildings, provides comprehensive and detailed descriptions of the processes and procedures for the retrofitting of historic buildings to achieve greater measured efficiency. The guideline is particularly aimed at providing guidance for “listed” historic buildings; i.e., those formally designated or eligible to be designated as historically significant by a governing body. Guideline 34 provides a step-by-step procedure for sensitive energy upgrading, beginning with forming the project team and gathering...

U.S. Renewable Generating Capacity Surpasses Coal

WASHINGTON, D.C.—According to an analysis by the SUN DAY Campaign of data just released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), U.S. electrical generating capacity by renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) has now—for the first time—surpassed that of coal. FERC’s latest monthly “Energy Infrastructure Update” report (with data through April 30, 2019) notes that 18 “units” of new wind capacity (1,545 MW) and 102 units of new solar capacity (1,473 MW) were added during the first four months of this year. Coupled with four units of new hydropower (29 MW), that was enough to push renewable...

From Carrier: New Fan Energy Rating-Compliant Heating Products

INDIANAPOLIS—Carrier’s full lineup of gas furnaces, gas/electric small package products (SPP) and SPP Hybrid Heat systems have been redesigned to meet the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Fan Energy Rating (FER) going into effect on July 3, 2019. Carrier’s products with new fan technology use less energy and achieve the goals of the new FER regulations, targeting a 46 percent watt reduction over a standard furnace with a permanent split capacitor (PSC) blower motor. By reducing energy consumption, consumers can save money on energy bills and cut carbon pollution. Carrier, a world leader in high-technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions,...

Bittel’s MODA Guestroom Device Now Working Seamlessly with Volara

NEW YORK—Volara is now powering the voice module of Bittel’s modern, modular MODA smart device. By speaking simple commands, such as “Alexa, call the front desk” or “Hey Google, bring me more towels,” guests’ requests will be interpreted accurately and fulfilled quickly. Volara’s voice-based conversation management software and secure integrations hub will connect MODA by voice command to relevant property technologies, including IPTV systems, room controls solutions, energy-management systems, workorder-management systems, and SMS guest-based room engagement solutions. “With digital personal assistants growing in popularity in hotels, Bittel anticipated early on that our guestroom devices should be enabled with voice controls,...

Les Jardins Solar Lighting Launches Contract Division

LOS ANGELES—Les Jardins Solar Lighting announced its new contract division in order to provide renewable energy powered lighting products for outdoor public spaces, restaurants, resorts, spas, multi-unit and hospitality projects. The contract support team invites designers, architects, landscapers and facility managers to work directly with Les Jardins Solar Lighting to specify and source their outdoor LED lighting requirements for ambiance, pathway and landscape applications. The durable, commercial-grade self-contained products from Les Jardins Solar Lighting require no in-ground installation, no wires and no power supply. They can be placed and moved at any time. The collections range from substantial outdoor lounge...

Elite LEED Platinum Club Continues to Grow

As reported this past week on Green Lodging News, The Duffie Companies’ Home2 Suites by Hilton Silver Spring (Silver Spring, Md.) is on its way to becoming LEED Platinum—the highest level of green building certification available through the U.S. Green Building Council. Earlier in May, MGM Resorts International announced that MGM Springfield, located in Springfield, Mass., has received the world’s first LEED New Construction Platinum level certification for a gaming resort. The Home2 Suites by Hilton Silver Spring and MGM Springfield join these other LEED Platinum hotels or resorts in the United States: Proximity Hotel, Greensboro, N.C.; Hotel Skyler...

The Duffie Companies Eyes LEED Platinum for Home2 Suites by Hilton Silver Spring

SILVER SPRING, MD.—With 13 years of building to LEED standards under its belt, it is no surprise that The Duffie Companies’ first hotel project would be a LEED one. With the Home2 Suites by Hilton Silver Spring (Md.), however, The Duffie Companies has gone far beyond basic LEED certification; the hotel is on the way to becoming one of just seven LEED Platinum hotels or resorts in North America. Unique to the hotel is its location, says Shane Pollin, Director of Development for The Duffie Companies. “This community has no other hotels nearby,” he says. The property is located on...

UPS Makes Largest Purchase of Renewable Natural Gas Ever in U.S.

ATLANTA—UPS announced an agreement with Clean Energy Fuels Corp. to purchase 170 million gallon equivalents of renewable natural gas (RNG) through 2026. This is the largest commitment for use of RNG to date by any company in the United States, with a range of 22.5 to 25 million gallon equivalents per year. RNG is a key part of UPS’s strategy to increase alternative fuel consumption to be 40 percent of total ground fuel purchases by 2025, supporting the logistics leader’s efforts to reduce the absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of its ground fleet 12 percent by 2025. “The world has a trash...