as Key Piece in Renovation
Thermostats with EMS option, reaps rebate from local utility company
Niantic, Conn. — April 30, 2009 — The luxurious Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale, Ariz., has made the INNCOM Energy Management System a key component of an extensive renovation project — a component which, thanks to a local energy-rebate program, is even further ahead of schedule in paying for itself.
Niantic-based INNCOM is the global leader in developing, manufacturing and marketing advanced guestroom control systems for the international hospitality industry. The Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa, which among many other features includes 492 spacious guest rooms, 70,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor meeting space and 27 holes of championship golf, is one of the top resort properties in a market known worldwide for its luxury business/leisure hotels.
According to INNCOM Senior Vice President Bill Russell, the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa chose INNCOM to upgrade its HVAC functions with the installation of INNCOM e4™ Smart Digital Thermostats in all rooms, interfaced with the networked INNcontrol™ II Energy Management Software.
“Some suites also have the INNtouch™ electronic Doorbell / Privacy / Make-Up-Room annunciation system installed,” Russell said. “The benefits of the total INNCOM installation are increased operating efficiencies, energy savings, enhanced guest satisfaction and the financial bonus that resulted from our assistance in securing a rebate that goes directly to the property. That rebate alone pays for about 30 percent of the INNCOM contract.”
Jennifer Schaff, Director of Engineering for the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa, said the property renovation began in May and was completed on schedule in late 2008. The INNCOM installation is currently being tested and commissioned, she added.
“After the INNCOM installation is complete, Arizona Power Supply will send an Inspector to verify performance,” Schaff said. “If the Inspector is satisfied with the results, APS will rebate us $55,000 on the project, based on the preliminary analysis that INNCOM submitted to APS.”
In addition to the substantial rebate, Schaff said the property’s management chose the INNCOM EMS because of its reputation for delivering multiple additional benefits.
“The specific EMS benefits we expect to derive from this will installation are a reduction in energy of approximately 626,345 annual kilowatt hours, the cost savings that goes along with that reduction in energy use, and the fact that the new EMS will contribute to our environmental-sustainability efforts by reducing our carbon footprint,” Schaff said.
In addition to energy savings and rebates that can accrue from local environmental/energy-use initiatives, INNCOM EMS solutions offer flexibility, expandability and system integration. For example, the e4 Smart Digital Thermostat can be used as a direct digital control thermostat, as the main component of a standalone in-room energy management system, or as the key guestroom element of a powerful, centrally controlled, energy management system. The e4 Smart Digital Thermostat can replace virtually any existing thermostat and has the unique feature of being able to directly control virtually any HVAC fan coil unit, packaged terminal air conditioner or other HVAC systems without the need for additional relays or transformers.
INNCOM’s Russell noted yet another benefit specific to the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa.
“INNCOM EMS solutions, like the ones we’ve installed at this great property, help enhance guest comfort and satisfaction while contributing to overall operating efficiencies,” he said. “INNCOM is dedicated to assisting Hyatt in providing an unsurpassed guest experience as efficiently as possible — and that’s true for all the properties we’re privileged to be associated with.”
“We are pleased and gratified to be partnering with one of the finest luxury resort properties in one of the world’s most well-known resort destinations,” said INNCOM CEO Duane Buckingham. “Our installation at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa is a high-visibility example of our commitment to offer systems that are both environmentally friendly and financially beneficial to hotel operators. We at INNCOM share that commitment with Hyatt Hotels & Resorts and are proud to be partnering with them on the recent installation at the Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch.”
For more information on INNCOM products and solutions, visit the company Web site at www.inncom.com.
About the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch: Set amidst flowering cactus and framed against the majestic McDowell Mountains, the resort features 492 newly renovated guest rooms, 70,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor function space, 10,000 square feet in pre-function space, 33 meeting rooms, a full-service business center and property-wide high-speed Internet access. The luxury resort property also features a 2 1/2-acre "water playground," 27 holes of championship golf and three distinctively different restaurants. For more information, visit www.scottsdale.hyatt.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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