Toward LEED-Certification Goal
Sandpearl Resort features INNCOM
EMS as a key design component in its effort to become
Niantic, Conn. — February 12, 2008 — When the Sandpearl Resort opened last August in Clearwater Beach, Fla., its developer had already determined that the property would serve as a prime example of how new developments can be built and equipped to be more energy-efficient and environment-friendly. Today, with substantial help from INNCOM international, inc., that vision is becoming reality.
Niantic-based INNCOM develops, manufactures and markets room automation systems for the international lodging industry. INNCOM’s product line ranges from programmable digital thermostats to fully integrated energy management, lighting control and communication systems—all designed to enhance guest comfort, safety and satisfaction while increasing bottom-line profits and being environmentally friendly.
Developed by St. Petersburg-based JMC Communities, a real-estate development firm specializing in premier waterfront properties that preserve and accentuate Florida’s natural beauty, the 253-room Sandpearl Resort was designed to be environmentally friendly and energy-efficient. Because of its efforts in sustainability, the Sandpearl Resort is being considered for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification -- awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council to facilities that go above and beyond required standards in energy efficiency and environment-conscious design and construction elements. The Sandpearl will be one of the first in a small group of resorts to attain the LEED designation.
One of the major components of the Sandpearl Resort’s energy-efficient and environment-friendly design is INNCOM’s in-room energy-management system.
“Implementing energy-saving equipment like the INNCOM system is a prerequisite toward obtaining credit points toward LEED certification,” said Brian Grant, the Sandpearl’s Director of Engineering. “Our INNCOM system was installed during construction of the resort. The system allows the guest to maintain the comfort level they desire when they are in their room. After they leave the room or check out, the INNCOM resets to an idle set-back temperature. It also does not allow the air-conditioning unit to operate if the guest room’s sliding glass door is left open.”
D.J. McIndoe, the Sandpearl’s IT director, added that the resort’s INNCOM EMS monitors room temperatures from a central location, allowing guests to control temperatures in rented occupied rooms.
“With the INNCOM system, our rented unoccupied rooms have the temperature controlled within a small range, while unrented rooms are controlled within a much wider range,” she said. “Also, the INNCOM system features motion detectors, which determine whether the rented rooms are occupied or unoccupied. Energy consumption in guest rooms can be reduced by as much as 30 percent without compromising guest-comfort levels.”
Among other special features the INNCOM EMS offers are:
For more information on INNCOM solutions, visit the company Web site at www.inncom.com.
About the Sandpearl Resort: The 253-room Sandpearl Resort, the first new beachfront resort on Clearwater Beach in more than 25 years, is located on 700 feet of Gulf of Mexico shoreline and features a lagoon-style beachfront pool, fitness center, the members-only Beachfront Club Room, an 11,000-square-foot full-service spa, signature restaurants, resort enrichment programs, Camp Ridley for Kids, resort discounts, meeting and event space, and more. The Sandpearl Resort was developed by JMC Communities, St. Petersburg, Fla., a real-estate development company specializing in premier waterfront properties that preserve and accentuate Florida’s natural beauty and uniqueness. The Sandpearl is managed by Naples, Fla.-based Coral Hospitality; other project partners include the Hunter Hotel Group and Greenfield Partners. For more information on the Sandpearl Resort, please visit www.sandpearl.com.
About INNCOM international, inc.: Founded in 1986, INNCOM develops, manufactures, and markets advanced guestroom control systems for the global lodging industry. The company’s product line ranges from programmable digital thermostats to fully integrated energy management, lighting control and communication systems. All INNCOM products are designed to enhance guest comfort, safety and satisfaction while increasing bottom line profits for property owners. INNCOM systems are installed in more than 500,000 guestrooms in many of the most prestigious hotels in 26 countries.
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