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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.

MaxLite Launches Slim Flood Lights as Exterior Lighting Range

WEST CALDWELL, N.J.—Delivering a wealth of features in a compact and competitively-priced package, MaxLite introduces the Slim Flood Light Series for security, signage, landscape, and general-purpose floodlighting applications. Designed as a complete distributor stock solution, this versatile floodlighting family offers CCT selectability, multiple mountings, narrow to wide beam spreads, and photocell options to suit contractors’ every installation need. The series includes four housing sizes that deliver outputs from 1,590 to 13,180 lumens across the range (15W, 29W, 50W, 70/90W). Higher wattage models are CCT selectable, enabling customers to choose from 3000K, 4000K or 5000K in a single product. Lower wattages...

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...

Loosening Showerhead Water Flow Restrictions Makes No WaterSense

While shorter showers and not letting the shower water run are encouraged in at least one article on the U.S. Department of Energy’s own website, and the U.S. EPA has its own long-standing and successful WaterSense label program to reward showerhead water efficiency, President Trump believes the time is now to get less showerhead efficient. Following numerous public complaints from the president about low-flow fixtures designed to save water, the Department of Energy has proposed to change the definition of a showerhead. In the new proposal, different components within a showerhead would be allowed to count as individual showerheads. This...

First Zleep Hotel Planned for 2023 in Switzerland

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY—Deutsche Hospitality’s young Danish economy brand Zleep Hotels is to launch in Switzerland. Construction work on the new build Zleep Hotel Zurich Kloten is scheduled for completion in 2023. The hotel will be located in a new quarter near to Zurich Airport, which will also be home to a restaurant, retail outlets and privately owned apartments. There will be 90 rooms, a generously proportioned lobby complete with a breakfast area and a bar. The Zleep Hotel Zurich Kloten will also introduce the “Hygge Standard” to the Swiss hotel sector for the first time. Transport links will...

Miele Announces Little Giants Washers & Dryers

PRINCETON, N.J.—Miele USA, a subsidiary of the global leader in state-of-the-art home and professional grade appliances, announced the North American launch of its newest and most versatile laundry system to date. Miele Little Giants washers and dryers offer short cycle wash programs (25-minute Express wash cycle), high temperature disinfection (up to 200°F) and high spin extraction (G-Force up to 704Gs), providing a superior hygienic clean in less time. Miele Little Giants offer the ultimate solution for all laundry demands across a range of hospitality and wellness applications including salons, spas, B&Bs and small resorts to restaurants, bakeries, cafes and catering...

S2A Modular Launches Search for Florida MegaFactory

PALO ALTO, CALIF.—S2A Modular—creator of the first electrically self-sustaining, custom and smart-connected “GreenLux” luxury residences and commercial buildings—has launched a concentrated search in Florida for a location to build its third MegaFactory. The facility is projected to drive significant, positive economic impact across the region. “S2A Modular is growing at an incredible rate and as a company, we’ve already received an incredible amount of interest from homebuyers, developers and investors throughout Florida, so we are aggressively looking for the perfect location to build our third MegaFactory,” said Brian Kuzdas, CEO and Co-founder of S2A. “With two S2A MegaFactories already under...

Six Senses’ Jeffery Smith Elevates Company’s Sustainability Standards

Name: Jeffery Smith Title: Vice President Sustainability Company: Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas Years in Current Position: Two Years, Six Months Primary Responsibilities: Managing operational impacts across 18 hotels and 32 spas, while supporting sustainable development for a pipeline of projects that grows the brand to touch on six continents. Organization’s most significant accomplishment in global corporate responsibility: “We eliminated plastic amenity bottles in 2003, plastic straws in 2016, and have been using coral safe sunscreen since 2019. Also, in every hotel there is a provision for funding to be spent outside the hotel operation. It allows each hotel to decide what is locally...

How Lighting Control Contributes to Sustainability in Hospitality

There are many sides to sustainability. The concept is most associated with being earth-friendly: mindful use of renewable resources, attentive recycling practices, and limiting energy use in an effort to put less stress on the environment. In the hospitality industry, sustainability generally refers to sourcing green materials and engaging in energy-efficient practices, from recommending the reuse of towels—the better to save water and power—to shutting down conference rooms when not in use. But sustainability is also about putting people first. In the hospitality industry, this attitude comes naturally: the guest experience is always the priority. Nevertheless, lighting control is often overlooked as...

Aspen Meadows Resort Switches to 100 Percent Clean Electricity

ASPEN, COLO.—The COVID-19 crisis has been profoundly disruptive for the hospitality industry, so it’s not the time one would imagine a resort would be enhancing its focus on sustainability and environmental initiatives. But the Aspen Meadows Resort isn’t a typical hotel. As the original home to The Aspen Institute—which gathers leaders, scholars, and others to address some of the world’s most complex problems, including climate change—the Meadows is able to leverage the Institute’s guidance to operate more harmoniously with nature. The Aspen Institute’s Energy and Environment Program and its Green Team, a volunteer committee focused on implementing sustainability initiatives within the Aspen...

The World’s First Hydrogen Hotel

In Japan, Toshiba is using its advancements in hydrogen energy in an innovative “Hydrogen Hotel” project, to help Kawasaki City overcome the city’s pollution problem. Opened on June 1, 2018, the hydrogen hotel in Kawasaki City is an innovative project, where the hotel creates hydrogen from waste plastics to supply about 30 percent of the energy the hotel needs. In the first year after its opening, the hotel ran a test in which it recycled even the amenities used in the hotel rooms (toothbrushes, hair combs) as feedstocks for hydrogen production. Headquartered in Kawasaki City, and having researched fuel cell...