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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.

Hotel of Tomorrow Project Unveils Seven New Hospitality Concepts

CHICAGO—What will hotels of the future look like and how will they function? The Hotel of Tomorrow Project (HOT Project), a global think tank of industry leaders, seeks to answer that question. After an eight-month collaborative effort, which included regular and virtual reality meetups on a custom-built HOT airship in the metaverse, a team of more than 200 including representatives from Hilton, IHG and Marriott hotels, along with technology experts and hospitality school students has unveiled seven future hotel visions. “When you gather and collaborate with many of the most innovative minds in the hospitality industry from owners to operators to...

Capstone to Provide 16 Microturbine Unites to California Customers

VAN NUYS, CALIF.—Capstone Green Energy Corp., a global leader in carbon reduction and on-site resilient green Energy as a Service (EaaS) solutions, announced that Cal Microturbine, exclusive distributor for California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, has secured six orders for C65 microturbines throughout the state of California. The 16 C65 units will be installed for customers in the agriculture, oil and gas, and hospitality industries. The systems are expected to be commissioned in early 2023. In all cases, Capstone’s microturbine technology was selected for its ability to reduce energy costs while providing reliable, low emissions power. The microturbines will be...

A. O. Smith Water Heaters Receive Energy Star Honor

ASHLAND CITY, TENN.—A. O. Smith, the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial and residential water heaters, has once again been named an Energy Star Partner of the Year and Sustained Excellence Award winner by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy for helping Americans save energy and reduce carbon emissions at home. A family-founded business with 148 years of American manufacturing expertise, A. O. Smith offers more than 1,000 Energy Star certified products across its brand portfolio, including high efficiency residential water heaters that one can purchase at Lowe’s. This marks the fourth consecutive year that...

Projects Light Years Beyond ‘Low-Hanging’ Fruit

Utilizing breakthroughs in design and technology, hotel owners and designers around the world are establishing new benchmarks for what it means to be a “dark” green hotel—one that has gone far beyond investing in easy low-hanging fruit. As published previously on Green Lodging News, Hotel Marcel New Haven, Tapestry Collection by Hilton just opened within the last two weeks in Connecticut. It is believed to be the first net-zero hotel in the United States. It will utilize renewable solar power sources on site to generate the electricity needed for its common areas, restaurant, laundry, meeting rooms and 165 guestrooms and...

GLN Adds Lodging Technology to Product & Service Directory

ODESSA, FLA.—Green Lodging News has added Lodging Technology to the “Energy Management/Guestroom” section of its Green Product & Service directory. Lodging Technology is the pioneer and inventor of infrared occupancy sensor-based hotel energy conservation (1980). For four decades the company has provided innovative energy solutions to the hospitality, classroom and dorm, vacation condo, and military lodging sectors. Lodging Technology’s GEM Link Wireless is: not a thermostat; does not connect to the thermostat; and is not a door lock or TV remote. GEM Link Wireless is “Pure Energy Management”—reduces kWh and kW demand about 40 percent on any HVAC, effectively reducing the total...

Green Lodging News Adds Insight Energy Solutions as Founding Sponsor

ODESSA, FLA.—Green Lodging News has added Insight Energy Solutions as a Founding Sponsor at the Bronze level. Insight Energy Solutions is committed to engineering proven, turn-key, brand agnostic energy solutions and sustainability projects with its clients. Opportunities are particularly large with hospitality due to its comparatively high energy intensity, varied building loads and seasonal nature. “Being green does not mean sacrificing the core business of hospitality which is guest experience and comfort,” the company says. “Energy efficiency can and should co-exist within this business model and, in most cases, enhances it.” Insight Energy Solutions services cover a range of applications but...

Vicinity Energy Launches New Renewable Energy Technology in Boston

BOSTON—Vicinity Energy, a national decarbonization leader with the most extensive portfolio of district energy systems, announced it has launched eSteam, a new innovation designed to rapidly decarbonize the highest source of emissions in major cities, commercial buildings. Vicinity is the first in the United States to electrify its operations, offering renewable thermal energy by installing electric boilers, industrial-scale heat pumps, and thermal storage at its central facilities starting in Boston and Cambridge, with its other districts to follow. “We’re thrilled to be the first district energy company in the United States to bring renewable thermal energy to our customers. Our operations are...

ENERGY MANAGEMENT/GUESTROOM

Telkonet Reduce Energy Consumption, Improve Guest Experience Telkonet, Inc. provides intelligent energy reduction and automation platforms at the forefront of the Internet of Things. Helping the hospitality industry better manage operational costs, the EcoSmart platform utilizes a full suite of connected devices that work together to reduce energy consumption by scheduling and automating HVAC runtimes for only when the guest is present. The operator dashboard provides in-depth and actionable energy usage insights, and remote operation allows for unmatched flexibility and responsiveness. The platform also allows for the creation of immersive and connected guest experiences, by automating lighting, window treatments, and other...

Clean Air in Buildings Challenge Provides Roadmap for Ensuring Superior IAQ

In case you missed it, earlier this month, the Biden-Harris Administration released the National COVID-19 Preparedness Plan, a roadmap to move the country forward safely and continue to fight COVID-19 as Americans get back to their more normal routines. Of course, a big part of getting back to normal is improving air quality in whatever dwelling we happen to be in—hotels included. As part of its Preparedness Plan, on March 17, the Administration launched the Clean Air in Buildings Challenge. It calls on all building owners and operators to assess their indoor air quality and make ventilation and air filtration...

FRG Tankless Rack System Offers ‘Plug-and-Play’ Setup

COMSTOCK PARK, MICH.—Facilities Resource Group, LLC (FRG), a leading provider of single-source, turnkey commercial domestic hot water solutions, recently unveiled the TTS Synergy Series to help engineers, contractors and commercial facility owner-managers streamline and accelerate the process of changing out a centralized water heating system. The result is a powerful, high-performance, tankless rack solution with a turndown ratio of 66:1 that will provide more than 1,600 gallons of hot water per hour yet is compact enough to fit through a standard mechanical room doorway. Most importantly, TTS systems are pre-engineered and prefabricated to install quickly and without complications, minimizing costly...