Home Energy Management

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.

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.

Building Energy Efficiency Through Mandatory Improvement Programs

NATIONAL REPORT—Major cities across the United States feel palpable tension between the demands of exploding population growth and developing an infrastructure that can meet the modern standards of energy efficiency. To keep efficiency front and center, many cities, counties, and states have implemented local laws to measure and improve the energy and water performance of buildings in their jurisdictions. These mandatory building efficiency policies are fairly new in the United States, unlike the optional (and more well-known) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications, which launched in 1994 and is shepherded by the U.S. Green Building Council. Understanding and...

Mandai Park Holdings Invites Guests to Get Closer to Nature with New Resort

SINGAPORE—Come 2023, a new resort experience will open to guests at Mandai, bringing them closer to nature through a biophilic design that integrates the buildings with their natural surroundings. The design of the new Mandai resort will be helmed by local architectural firm, WOW Architects. Speaking on the appointment of WOW Architects, Mike Barclay, Group CEO of Mandai Park Holdings (MPH) said, “WOW Architects’ concept demonstrated the best design response to our brief, one that will bring our guests closer to nature. We have brought together the strengths of two homegrown brands, WOW Architects and Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts....

Plaza Hotel El Paso Revitalized with Help from C-PACE Program

EL PASO, TEXAS—The Plaza Hotel, a historic Art Deco styled 19-story hotel built in 1930 in downtown El Paso, will be undergoing a multimillion-dollar gut rehabilitation. The hotel has been out of service since the 1990s and will be brought back to life as the first 4.5-star luxury hotel in El Paso upon completion. The rehabilitation project is utilizing Texas’ Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program to finance a portion of the project through a special property assessment. Greenworks Lending will provide over $9M in capital through the program, which deems energy efficient projects as public goods. Once complete, the...

I-Star Lighting Introduces Circadian System for Controls

PHILADELPHIA—I-Star Lighting, an innovative global supplier of LED lighting fixtures, LED drivers, and advanced solid-state lighting controls, has developed a lighting system that enables users to program a full range of color temperatures and dimming options to adjust light output throughout the course of the day to provide a healthier, more human-centric lighting environment for interior lights. The I-Star Circadian System natural spectrum lighting combines several different I-Star technology innovations to produce a user-friendly, simplified lighting and control system. “This year we are introducing the I-Star Circadian System, featuring natural spectrum LED light fixtures integrated with our innovative wireless lighting...

Emily Smith’s Career Path Evolves Along with Park’s Sustainability Commitment

Name: Emily Smith Title: Director, Corporate Strategy Company: Park Hotels & Resorts Years in Current Position: 2.5 years Primary Responsibilities: “I am in the corporate strategy group—a two-person team. I help investors invest in our company, work on our earnings reports, and help maintain our website. Over the past six months my job has evolved to include ESG (environmental, social, governance). ESG has become about 50 percent of my duties.” Organization’s most significant sustainability-related accomplishment: “The installation of Melink Intelli-hood systems in all kitchen exhaust and make-up units at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. The savings have been incredible—an annual energy reduction savings of more...

Volta Unveils New EV Charging Station

SAN FRANCISCO—Volta, an industry leader in developing innovative and highly-used electric vehicle charging networks, revealed a new visual direction with the debut of a completely reimagined charging station to go with its business model. The design embodies a decade of experience in building charging infrastructure that is economically viable, free to drivers and optimized for the rapidly growing electric vehicle community. The station cuts a slim airfoil-like silhouette with design focused on both the experience of the user and the impact to the community. Throughout the charging process, the station communicates real-time status using emotive and intuitive external lighting. A...

NRA Honors Hobart FT1000e Flight-Type Washer with Innovation Award

TROY, OHIO—Advancements in energy and resource savings have earned Hobart’s newest and most advanced flight type dishwasher a prestigious Kitchen Innovations 2019 Award presented by the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show. The Hobart FT1000e Low Energy Series dishwasher is among 25 products selected in 2019 as part of the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show’s 15th annual Kitchen Innovation Awards. Built for high volume operations, the FT1000e’s technology was redesigned to reduce energy use and connected amp load requirements. It offers the industry’s lowest total cost of ownership, saving operators thousands of dollars in energy costs annually for greater...

Dometic Introduces New Hotel Refrigerators at HD Expo

ELKHART, IND.—Dometic’s new CL480 series refrigerators are ideal for hotels that do not provide stocked minibars, but rather want to provide the convenience of a spacious refrigerator to their guests. Available in a glass door for easy viewing of the contents or a black, stainless steel solid door that matches modern and stylish decor, the CL480 Series has features that set it apart from other hotel refrigerators currently on the market. All models of hotel refrigerators in the CL480 series have interior LED lights, tempered glass shelving that is easy to clean and stronger than regular glass, and automatic defrost, which...

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...

Lutron HXL is New, Holistic Approach to Human Centric Lighting

COOPERSBURG, PA.—In recent years, human centric lighting—a philosophy describing lighting that creates more comfortable, welcoming, and engaging environments for people—has become a widely discussed talking point in the building industry. But differences of opinion regarding its impact and scope have generated discussion among industry specifiers and end users. Lutron Electronics, a leader in lighting controls and automated shading solutions, believes human centric lighting should promote comfort, enable enhanced well-being, and foster engagement. As Scott Hanna, Lutron Senior Vice President, says, “High-quality lighting has become an essential amenity in the construction and design industry. It helps attract and retain talent and...