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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. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.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. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Venetian Macao Earns Platinum-Level Green Hotel Award

MACAO—The Venetian Macao has been awarded the Macao Green Hotel Platinum Award, the first and only hotel in Macao to earn the new top designation of platinum, which was introduced in the latest edition of the awards. Award criteria met by the integrated resort include showing evidence of year-on-year waste reduction; availability of electric vehicle parking spaces and charging stations for staff and guests; establishing an eco-friendly mattress replacement program; monitoring the environmental performance of shuttle buses, including turning off idling engines; establishing a management plan for reducing food waste; and carrying out regular carbon audits to identify areas for improvement. The...

Evolve Controls Releases Guest-Facing Room Controls Interface

CHICAGO—Wireless, cloud-based in-room control and management solutions provider, Evolve Controls, announced the launch of Evolve Guest Interface (eGI), the hospitality industry’s first multi-protocol gateway built into a touch-screen interface device. The eGI device will interface with Z-Wave, Zigbee, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. “With the multiple options for connecting IoT solutions in today’s fragmented technology industry, any product for the hospitality industry isn’t complete without multiple radio frequency connectivity options that include Wifi, Zigbee, Bluetooth, and Z-Wave,” according to Armand Rabinowitz, Senior Director of Strategy and Workgroups at Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG). “These options enable operators to choose the most reliable...

GLN Adds HydroTech Solutions Case Study to Website

ODESSA, FLA.—Green Lodging News has just added a new case study to its Vendor Case Studies section. The case study details the efforts of a Fortune 100 company to improve water conservation in its cooling system to reduce costs, save energy and reduce chemicals. HydroTech Solutions initiated its Total Water Management program in April 2016 that continues as a monthly service. Each of the two headquarters buildings has a 1,000-ton cooling tower on the rooftop and two chillers in the basements. The water consumption for each building exceeded 500,000 gallons per month during summer. The facility manager sought to safely...

Third Annual Green Lodging Trends Report Survey Set to Launch July 9

NATIONAL REPORT—The Third Annual Green Lodging Trends Report Survey will be launched by Greenview on July 9, 2018. The survey will close on August 10, 2018. You can participate in the survey by clicking here. There is no cost to participate. Tens of thousands of green lodging establishments around the planet are being encouraged to benchmark their sustainability practices by completing this survey which last year saw some 2,100 properties participating from 46 countries. The survey encompasses topics ranging from energy management to communication to Health & Wellness. The Green Lodging Trends Report Survey has the support of Green Lodging...

How to Use Electricity to Keep Ice Machines Clean & Safe for Guests

NATIONAL REPORT—Ice machines operate continuously to manufacture large quantities of ice, and while the low temperatures will slow the development of bacteria and algae, they actually provide an ideal environment for many strains of bacteria, which must be controlled continuously to prevent contamination. Ice machines are central to daily life, whether at home, restaurant, or wherever we have a drink we will have ice in our beverages. Health departments in most cities visit every restaurant on a schedule, and the ice machine is usually the first place they look for potential health issues. Ice makers require scheduled disinfection and wiping down to...

A Total Water Management Service Delivers Cost Savings & Cooling System Efficiencies

A Fortune 100 LEED Gold certified headquarters in Houston, Texas identified the need to improve water conservation in the cooling system to reduce costs, save energy and reduce chemicals. HydroTech Solutions initiated the Total Water Management program in April 2016 that continues as a monthly service. It’s important to note that it took a few months to remove existing deposits and stabilize the system, to allow significant cost savings. The Challenge Each of the two headquarters buildings has a 1,000-ton cooling tower on the rooftop and two chillers in the basements. The water consumption for each building exceeded 500,000 gallons per...

HITEC Wrapup—Guestroom Energy Management Innovations Grab Most Attention

HOUSTON—HITEC, the lodging industry’s leading technology trade show, was held at the LEED Silver George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston June 18 to 21. Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) just announced that the event broke barriers as the highest attended event in the association’s history with over 6,650 attendees. There were approximately 400 exhibitors, many of whom displayed their latest innovations to help reduce energy consumption in the guestroom. Other exhibitors concentrated on other aspects of sustainability—indoor air quality, for example. The following is a summary of the HITEC announcements having some type of “green” connection: Honeywell launched the...

Master-Bilt Names Johnson Regional Sales Manager

NEW ALBANY, MISS.—Master-Bilt, manufacturer and supplier of a full line of commercial refrigeration, announced that Rodney Johnson has assumed the role of Regional Sales Manager. As Regional Sales Manager, Johnson will manage the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada and will be responsible for managing seven manufacturer representative groups. Johnson has over 30 years of sales management experience. Most recently, he worked with Acosta Sales and Marketing where he was Vice President of Sales—Midwest. He was responsible for leading the national sales and marketing company in retail food, commercial food service and non-foods (equipment) industries. Prior to Acosta Sales, Rodney managed...

Telkonet, SONIFI Partner to Deliver Increased Energy Savings to Hotels

LOS ANGELES—SONIFI Solutions announced a collaboration with Telkonet, Inc. to make hotel rooms smarter and more connected, by combining energy management solutions with in-room guest entertainment systems. Telkonet’s EcoSmart technology uses intelligent automation and communicates a room’s accurate occupancy status to thermostats, lights, signage and other integrated in-room devices. This feature was recently installed at The Diplomat Beach Resort, Curio Collection by Hilton in Hollywood, Fla. The newly renovated property sits oceanfront along the Gold Coast. “Many of our guests spend time outside of their rooms enjoying our beachside amenities,” said Nelson Garrido, SVP of IT Thayer Lodging, Brookfield Properties....

Honeywell to Launch New Connected Solutions at HITEC

ATLANTA—Honeywell, a global leader in connected buildings, will launch a suite of next-generation energy management software, smart lighting, voice controls, and secure cloud communication systems at HITEC 2018 in Houston. Through Honeywell technology, the hospitality industry can fully integrate energy management, safety and security systems, property management, and brand network operations for guestroom and building automation. Leading Honeywell’s lineup of new products at HITEC is the INNCOM INNcontrol 5 energy management and guestroom automation control system. The cloud-based and on-premise system monitors real-time guestroom data from intelligent INNCOM devices, such as its e7 Thermostat, to improve a hotel’s energy savings,...