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Everyone has felt the sting of rising energy costs recently. Savvy hoteliers have implemented plans to address these increases. It could be a simple operational change or a complex capital investment. 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: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

Energy Management

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Everyone has felt the sting of rising energy costs recently. Savvy hoteliers have implemented plans to address these increases. It could be a simple operational change or a complex capital investment. 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: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

Consider the Environmental Footprint of Your IoT Solution

Have you ever wondered what the environmental footprint of your IoT (Internet of Things) solution is? Significant investments are being made by the lodging industry into IoT for the purpose of enhancing the guest experience, improving staff efficiency and for reducing the energy consumption of buildings. But besides the functional objectives of your IoT initiative, how can one understand the environmental footprint of these systems and how can one compare these footprints as part of a competitive IoT evaluation? Are there greener IoT systems than others? This brief article attempts to provide some thought-provoking insights into this topic. Over its entire...

FSG Smart Buildings Announces Chariot Building Automation Software

ROUND ROCK, TEXAS—FSG Smart Buildings, a division of Facility Solutions Group, announced the release of Chariot, a Building Automation System (BAS) software with robust Energy Management System (EMS) capabilities combining lighting and HVAC controls with smart metering and IoT devices for multi-site command, control, and visibility. Chariot is capable of being a stand-alone solution or tying together disparate and legacy systems across portfolios of buildings and being a single pane of glass for all things facility-related. “Chariot brings affordable building automation and IoT solutions to the commercial market in one easy-to-use software platform,” said Justin McCullough, FSG Chief Product Officer. “The problem...

Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa Shares Its Eco Journey

I spoke with Kristen Pryor this past week. Kristen is the general manager of the LEED Silver Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa Avon, Vail Valley in Colorado. She has been General Manager of the 240-room property for almost five years and has overseen many of the property’s green initiatives. Several of the hotel’s programs caught my attention—some because of their uniqueness and others because they address issues that many of you are currently facing. First, the resort is in the process of phasing out all single-use plastic bottles. This will be done by May 1. No longer will plastic water...

Connecticut Company: Put Positive, Negative Ions to Work Against Coronavirus

FAIRFIELD, CONN.—In ensuring the safest, most sanitized space for your guests—the most protected from the New Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)—ions are your best friend. So says Steve Levine and Tony Abate from AtmosAir Solutions. Their company’s technology has been proven to eliminate the Coronavirus, other viruses, bacteria, fungi and allergens. Levine is President & CEO of the Fairfield, Conn.-based company and Abate is Chief Technology Officer. At the core of AtmosAir systems is Bi Polar Ionization technology. Within an HVAC system or as a standalone unit, ionization tubes are placed. As airflow passes through the tubes, Bi Polar—positive and negative—ions are created...

Frost & Sullivan Awards Carbon Lighthouse for CLUES

SANTA CLARA, CALIF.—Based on its recent analysis of the global building energy optimization market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Carbon Lighthouse with the 2019 North American Technology Innovation Award. Its patented, cloud-based building energy analytics engine, Carbon Lighthouse Unified Engineering System (CLUES), gathers large amounts of building data to deliver deep insights to help reduce a building’s energy consumption. The company uniquely adopts a turnkey approach that includes data collection, implementation, and performance management, while its Efficiency-as-a-Service model guarantees energy savings to offer financial, operational and environmental value to building owners and investors. The full report is available for download...

Lodge at Chaa Creek Opens Belize Rainforest Retreat

SAN IGNACIO, BELIZE—The Lodge at Chaa Creek has just announced the opening of a new group accommodations and meeting venue in a scenic rainforest setting in western Belize. The Belize Rainforest Retreat at Chaa Creek is a new multipurpose rainforest venue for groups looking to stay, meet, work, or just relax in a tranquil jungle environment, the popular Belize eco-resort’s Managing Director announced. “After years of hosting numerous organizations, NGOs, large family celebrations and other gatherings, we recognized a growing need for a facility specifically set aside for groups,” Bryony Fleming Bradley said. The Belize Rainforest Retreat at Chaa Creek grew out...

LEDtronics Expands Its Decorative LED Post Top Series

TORRANCE, CALIF.—LEDtronics announced two new additions to its series of Decorative LED Post Top Fixtures—a low-power circular design and a high voltage option. They’re a perfect fit for parking lots, walkways, sidewalks and area lighting, while also giving a location a modern and attractive look. The PTF000 post top fixture is perfect for walkways and pathways, while the new high-voltage version PTF001 is primarily designed for parking lots. Both fixtures are also ideal lighting solutions for pathways. The PTF000 fixture consumes only 70 watts but replaces metal-halide/HPS lamps up to 300 watts. It operates in an input voltage range of 100...

TheBestWaterHeater.com (Sanden) Adds New Distributor in South

HOLLYWOOD, FLA.—Although full-service hotels only spend 4 to 6 percent of revenue on energy (gas and electricity)—with luxury properties sometimes spending over 10 percent on energy according to an E-Source report—it’s still important to reduce all controllable expenses given the competitive environment of the lodging industry. One company, $3 billion per year Japanese company, SandenWaterHeater.com, developed the SANCO2 split heat pump water heater in the early 2000s to take the lead in water heating efficiency for homeowners and businesses to reduce their carbon footprint while saving on energy costs. The first SANCO2 was sold in 2004 with over 100,000 units...

IHG’s Catherine Dolton Brings Strong Business Background to V.P. Role

Name: Catherine Dolton Title: Vice President, Global Corporate Responsibility Company: IHG Years in Current Position: 1+ years Primary Responsibilities: “My primary job is working with our team—making sure everything we do is embedded in operations. I also work on collaborations—with ITP, AHLA and other organizations.” Organization’s most significant accomplishment in the area of global corporate responsibility: “Our bulk amenities announcement—a real mark in the sand. I came into my role at the end of 2018. We made the announcement in July 2019. It shows the power of IHG. It is companies like ours that need to take the lead.” Organization’s most significant challenge moving forward...

Nora Lighting Offers Ari LED Step Lights

COMMERCE, CALIF.—Nora Lighting’s Ari LED Step Lights feature a modern, screwless face plate with three mounting styles: vertical, horizontal and field-interchangeable. Ari is available in 2.5W LED or 5W LED (30 to 80 lms) and can be installed indoors or out. The fixtures improve lighting around stairways, patios, balconies or outdoor walkways. They save up to 80 percent in energy costs when compared to 10W incandescent step lights, and are cETLus listed for wet locations. A scoop reflector produces maximum illumination without a diode image and a non-dimmable driver is integrated and embedded. Color temperatures include 3000K or 4000K CCT with...