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With up to 50 percent to 70 percent of a hotel’s energy bill attributed to heating and cooling (especially in limited-service hotels), there is no question that wise selection of equipment is important. Increasingly, hotel owners are turning to clean energy technology for heating and cooling. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

Heating & Cooling

Home Heating & Cooling
With up to 50 percent to 70 percent of a hotel’s energy bill attributed to heating and cooling (especially in limited-service hotels), there is no question that wise selection of equipment is important. Increasingly, hotel owners are turning to clean energy technology for heating and cooling. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

Features to Look for in Eco-Friendly Commercial Design

NATIONAL REPORT—There is tremendous demand for eco-friendly design features and elements not only in residential development but also in commercial development. There are plenty of reasons for business owners to seek out green commercial spaces. In terms of overhead and operating expenses, with an eco-friendly space, there are opportunities to save money. For example, the integration of an energy-efficient PTAC air-conditioning unit can help cool spaces that central air can’t reach. Then, there are also chances for businesses to use their dedication to being green as a marketing tool. Modern consumers want to buy from businesses they feel reflect their values. The following...

Atlanta’s Stonehurst Place: Luxurious While Strong on Sustainability

ATLANTA—Throughout the current pandemic, Atlanta’s historic Stonehurst Place has continued to provide a safe place to stay for travelers in search of boutique luxury—all with a dose of eco-friendliness thrown in. The eight-suite property, owned by Barb Shadomy and first constructed in 1896, has features including a solar thermal system for water heating, a greywater recycling system, and rainwater purification system. “My partner and I purchased Stonehurst in 2007 and after 14 months of intense renovation, I returned the grand old lady back to her youthful self—with a few modern and green improvements,” Shadomy says. “We have not closed during the current...

Carbon Dioxide Sensor Can Lower Energy Use, Reduce Utility Costs

WEST LAFAYETTE, IND.—Walk in a room, the light goes on. Most people are familiar with the motion sensors that detect activity and then turn on the lights. Purdue University researchers are turning to similar technologies to help manage climate control and indoor air quality. They have developed a sensor to help control and cut down on energy consumption through heating and ventilation systems, particularly those used in large office and hospitality industry buildings. “Climate control and proper ventilation are especially important because most people spend considerably more time indoors than outside,” said Jeff Rhoads, a professor of mechanical engineering in Purdue’s...

Finding the Sweet Spot Between HVAC Performance & Sustainability

When it comes to finding the right HVAC system for your building, it can be challenging to find the right balance between high-quality performance and meeting sustainability goals. To make the best decision, building owners have to compare the purchase and installation price, operational cost and projected life expectancy of the equipment. Often, the most energy-efficient equipment can cost more to install up-front but also offer significant savings in operational costs over the long term. On the other side of the equation, less efficient equipment may end up costing less initially but will use more energy during day to day operations....

Carrier Expands TruVu Family of HVAC Controls

KENNESAW, GA.—Carrier has added two new multi-purpose controllers (MPCs) to its TruVu family of flexible, scalable building controls for the i-Vu building automation system. These new controllers feature integrated input/output (I/O) points, built-in BACnet routing and integration capabilities, and expansion modules that can be added to support up to 224 total I/O points for a variety of heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) applications. Carrier is a part of Carrier Global Corp., a leading global provider of innovative HVAC, refrigeration, fire, security and building automation technologies. The latest TruVu MPC controllers are field programmable and include a comprehensive library of...

Carrier Chooses R-32 Refrigerant for Commercial Scroll Chillers

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—As part of its commitment to provide customers with solutions that use the right refrigerant for each application, Carrier has selected R-32 refrigerant to replace R-410A refrigerant, a high global warming potential (GWP) refrigerant, in commercial chillers using scroll technology. R-32 was chosen for its lower environmental impact, high energy efficiency, wide availability and ease of use. In Europe, the refrigerant will be offered in some scroll chillers beginning in the first half of 2020. Introductions will follow in other regions and all will meet UN Montreal Protocol Kigali Amendment regulations taking effect in 2023. “Carrier focuses the right...

EPA Names LG Electronics 2020 Energy Star Partner of the Year

WASHINGTON, D.C.—LG Electronics has been named 2020 Energy Star Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Sustained Excellence award recognizes LG’s continued leadership in protecting the environment through high-performing, energy efficient products loved by millions of consumers across the country. “Responsible innovation is the foundation of creating Innovation for a Better Life,” said Thomas Yoon, President and CEO, LG Electronics North America. “With Energy Star, LG is helping consumers make a difference—with products that deliver energy savings to help save money and the planet without sacrificing performance or style.” Bolstered by its leadership in Energy Star...

Emerson’s Sensi Smart Thermostats Named ENERGY STAR Partner of Year

ST. LOUIS—Emerson, a leader in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) solutions, was named a 2020 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for its top-rated Sensi smart thermostat suite. Sensi is the first smart thermostat brand to receive this honor. “Receiving the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award affirms our commitment to offer top-quality, smart thermostat solutions that make life better for our customers and for the planet,” said Craig Rossman, President of White-Rodgers for Emerson. “Heating and cooling are major drivers in a home’s energy usage and costs. With our ENERGY STAR-certified Sensi smart thermostats, Emerson is positioned...

Carrier Announces 2020 Hall of Fame Inductees

INDIANAPOLIS—Carrier recently announced the latest dealers to be inducted into its Dealer Hall of Fame at the 2020 Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer National Meeting in Colorado Springs, Colo. Established to recognize dealers who adhere to the highest standards in customer service and loyalty to the Carrier brand, this award celebrates years of outstanding work in the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) industry, as well as in their communities. Carrier’s HVAC business is part of Carrier, a leading global provider of innovative HVAC, refrigeration, fire, security and building automation technologies. “This year’s inductees embody all of the qualities the Carrier...

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...