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Green Lodging News Launches New Website

Green Lodging News | November 7, 2016

ODESSA, FLA.—November 7, 2016—Green Lodging News, lodging's leading environmental news source, has launched its new website at www.greenlodgingnews.com. The site features improved navigation, access to almost 9,000 news and feature articles and columns, a Green Product & Service Directory with more than 50 categories, and new, larger ad positions. "I am very excited to launch this new site," says Glenn Hasek, Publisher and Editor. "It is the culmination of more than 10 years of work—a catalogue of content documenting thousands of efforts to improve hotel building and operations sustainably. I would like to thank We...

Reminder to Complete the Planet’s Premier Green Lodging Survey

Green Lodging News | August 10, 2016

ODESSA, FLA. & SINGAPORE—August 10, 2016—Owners and operators of lodging establishments around the world are encouraged to complete the planet's premier Green Lodging Survey. The first annual survey was recently launched with the support of Green Key Global, Mekong Tourism Office, Horwath HTL Asia Pacific and Clean the World. You can participate in the survey that will close on August 31 by clicking here. There is no cost to do so. Tens of thousands of green lodging establishments around the planet—primarily those in the United States, Canada, and Southeast Asia—are encouraged to benchmark their sustainabilit...

Disruptive 1.5-axis trackers improve on-site solar power generation for hotels and resorts

THEnergy | July 22, 2016

A development partnership with Club Med for HeliosLite's first tracking system has provided valuable information for optimizing the novel energy solution for hotels and solar-diesel hybrid microgrids. An increasing number of hotels and resorts generate at least a part of their electricity on-site with renewable energy power plants. The new HeliosLite/THEnergy white paper "1.5-axis tracker technology for auto-consumption of hotels and resorts" shows that a new tracker concept improves the energy yield and cost of electricity. A development partnership with Club Med's Europe – Africa Technical Department has given HeliosLite excelle...

Green Lodging News, Greenview Go ‘Live’ with Planet’s Premier Green Lodging Survey

Green Lodging News | June 8, 2016

ODESSA, FLA. & SINGAPORE—June 8, 2016—With the support of Green Key Global, Mekong Tourism Office, Horwath HTL Asia Pacific and Clean the World, Green Lodging News and Greenview have launched the planet's premier Green Lodging Survey. You can participate in the survey by clicking here. There is no cost to do so. Tens of thousands of green lodging establishments around the planet—primarily those in the United States, Canada, and Southeast Asia—are encouraged to benchmark their sustainability practices by completing this survey. The Green Lodging Survey is sponsored by The Arbor Day Foundation at the Silver lev...

Hotels Check in to Greener Thinking

JLL Real Views | April 12, 2016

by Jim McClelland Enter a hotel room anywhere in the world and the chances are you'll find a polite-but-prescriptive card by the bed or bath, advising of the benefits of 'eco-friendly' behaviors such as living with linen longer and reusing towels. Commendable as it may be, however, this consumer-facing front really represents only the tip of the iceberg for environmental impacts in the hospitality industry where fast-growing equates to resource-hungry. The latest Lodging Industry Trends report describes the pace of hotel development as robust, with total property numbers in the U.S. alone hitting 53,432, and the room count hitting nearl...

INTEREL’s Energy Management Meets Water Management at the 2016 HTNG Techovation Awards

INTEREL | February 25, 2016

Dubai, February 2016: INTEREL, the world's fastest-growing manufacturer of integrated room technologies in the luxury, upper scale and cruise line hospitality industry, has officially entered its new TCP/IP-based Water Management System into the HTNG North American Conference 2016 TechOvation Award competition taking place on Tuesday March 1 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort. "For a number of years, hoteliers around the world have focused on reducing their properties' energy consumption and costs to make their operations greener and more sustainable, and we see great results in this space. However, water consumpti...

Take Advantage of Free Cash! A User’s Guide to Energy Incentives

HVS | December 15, 2015

By Kevin A. Goldstein and Sonia Vasquez, Dec 14, 2015 Financial incentives and rebates available from utility providers and municipalities can significantly improve the economics of Return on Investment (ROI) projects. This article provides practical guidance on how to identify and secure incentives. Introduction There are many types of incentives available to improve the economics of utility efficiency ROI projects. These include cash incentives and rebates, tax incentives, regulatory incentives (e.g. expedited construction permitting), and other novel mechanisms. For the purposes of this article, we primarily focus on the cash incenti...

Green Lodging News Tops 30,000 Unique Visitors/Month, 500,000 Page Views/Month for Very First Time

September 16, 2015

ODESSA, FLA.—August was a busy month for Green Lodging News, the lodging industry's leading environmental news publication. The website topped 30,000 unique visitors/month, 160,000 total visits/month and 500,000 page views/month for the first time in the publication's 9+ year history. The final totals for August: 32,053 unique site visitors, 168,265 total visits, 512,397 page views. "Green Lodging News has come a long way since it was just an idea I had more than 10 years ago," says Glenn Hasek, Publisher & Editor. "I am excited to see so many people visiting our website. It is a testament to the quality of news content found on t...

Hotels Save Millions through Emerging HVAC Refurbishment and Re-commissioning Service

AirRevive | August 3, 2015

Transform fan coil units into sustainable, state of the art energy savers. Decades-old fan coil units may be saved rather than scrapped. Davie, FL - AirRevive, a Florida commercial air conditioning refurbishment and re-commissioning service provider, recently published case studies validating its cutting edge service that brings hotel air conditioners up to thirty-five years old to "better than new" condition and operating performance. Unique to both the HVAC and hospitality industry, AirRevive successfully developed a custom fan coil unit upgrade service that dramatically reduces the direct energy by up to 80%. This affordable service...

INNCOM® by Honeywell to Provide MGM Resorts International with Reliable Large Scale ‘Smart’ Networks

July 30, 2015

MGM Resorts Works with INNCOM to Develop and Implement Scalable Multi-Vendor Corporate Network Platform for 20,000+ Guest Rooms July 30, 2015 – MGM Resorts International is acknowledged as a leader in adopting and deploying hotel guest room technology. Its properties offer networked electronic locks for security, environmental controls for guest comfort, multiple entertainment options, refrigerated minibars for convenience, and other guest controls. But, MGM Resorts' guests never see the robust network platform behind the scenes that powers the company's tech leadership. INNCOM was able to meet MGM Resorts' large-property network requ...

INNCOM by Honeywell Brings The Future of Guest Experience To HITEC 2015

INNCOM by Honeywell | June 11, 2015

INNCOM Shows Money-Saving Global Solutions, Analytics Services and Innovation that Ensure Today's Technology Investment Supports Tomorrow's Requirements At HITEC Visit INNCOM in Booth #1411 June 15 to 18 at the Austin Convention Center Austin, TX - June 11, 2015 - INNCOM® by Honeywell comes to HITEC with a complete suite of integrated solutions that showcase the future of optimized operations, reduced energy expenses and the capability to deliver truly memorable guest experiences. INNCOM invites HITEC attendees to experience its integrated Deep Mesh Network wireless platform that provides reliable, total property multi-system communica...

ZENO’s Guest Experience Interface Connects Front Office Staff to Environmental Controls

June 11, 2015

New building automation tools from Zeno Controls LLC are equipping even the smallest properties with the equipment they need to monitor important engineering data; See ZENO Controls at HITEC in the Viconics / Schneider Booth #2133 [BUFFALO, NY - JUNE 11, 2015] - Today Zeno Controls LLC is putting sensor data in the hands of the people that impact the guest experience . . . the hotel staff. Using Zeno's InnPoint® Guest Experience Interface, data that normally is reserved for back-of-house areas is now available for guestrooms. InnPoint uses a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system that collects data points from anywher...

White Lodging Combines Guest Comfort and Energy Savings with INNCOM

White Lodging | May 5, 2015

What is the Bottom Line from a Greener Footprint and Pampered Guests? White Lodging Records Superior Guest Experience with Double-Digit Energy Savings May 5, 2015 - Travelers become guests for life when a hotel offers them an experience tailored to their needs. This is why guest comfort tops the list of reasons why White Lodging chose leading-edge energy management systems (EMS) from INNCOM®by Honeywell. "Ensuring a high level of guest comfort and satisfaction is always our first priority at White Lodging. The INNCOM thermostats help us meet this goal while we also realize excellent energy savings," says Thomas D. Riegelman, CFM, White...

What Does the California Drought Mean for the Hospitality Community?

Diane Vondrasek | April 30, 2015

By Diane Vondrasek This article summarizes the impact of the California drought on the hospitality community, including a review of the recent Executive Order on water conservation and its impacts on water availability, rates, and hotel operating practices. As you have probably heard in the news lately, California is experiencing its worst drought in recorded history. There was less rainfall in 2013 than in any year since California became a state 165 years ago. Precipitation and snowpack levels remain well below average, and there does not appear to be an end in sight. To mitigate impacts from the drought, California Governor Edmund G....

Keeping Guests Comfortable with Energy Intelligence

Dave Perrotta | April 20, 2015

By Dave Perrotta In the hospitality industry, shutting down operations for power related issues is not an option. Guests expect twenty-four hour service, seven days a week and they don't want to hear about broken air conditioners or appliances. What many hotel managers don't understand, however, is that the power flowing through a hotel's internal energy grid can be unstable and potentially damaging to connected equipment. HVAC systems, concierge computers, hotel room electronics, digital signage, security systems, and other powered products are in constant competition for power and need protection that a simple power strip cannot provi...

Top Designers Partner with INNCOM by Honeywell to Win Guest Room Design Awards at HI Connect®

April 14, 2015

INNCOM's Integrated Room Automation Systems Using Evora and Modeva Switches Lift Hotel Designers into Winner's Circle at Hospitality Design Event Nashville, TN - April 14, 2015 - Leading interior design firms from across the US teamed with INNCOM by Honeywell to showcase their best creations for guest rooms and public spaces at the HI Connect design event in Nashville held March 25-27, 2015. Award winners, designONE studio, VOA Associates, and Chipman Design Architecture featured INNCOM's Integrated Room Automation Systems (IRAS) with Evora and Modeva switches for hotel lighting and comfort controls in their displays. INNCOM partnered w...

Park Hyatt New York Opens with INNCOM Integrated Room Automation and Energy Management

Park Hyatt New York | March 17, 2015

Intelligent INNCOM IRAS Combines Significant Energy Cost Reduction with Guest Security from Day One New York, NY - March 17, 2015 - The luxury Park Hyatt New York wowed guests at its grand opening with an advanced Integrated Room Automation and Energy Management System from INNCOM by Honeywell. The system automates guest comfort with intuitive temperature and drapery controls and communicates with door locks to enhance guest security. INNCOM is the leader in integrated room hotel automation with energy-saving solutions used in more than 1.5 million guest rooms worldwide. For more information click on INNCOM by Honeywell. "The INNCOM net...

Delayed Gratification in Energy Savings

Pinnacle Advisory Group | January 12, 2015

By: Jenny Lee - Pinnacle Advisory Group January 2015 ENERGY COST FORECASTS For a full-service hotel, energy costs are usually between 4 to 6 percent of revenue, but historic and luxury properties may see energy costs exceeding 10 percent. For many hotels, electricity prices have been increasing almost as fast as the gasoline prices were decreasing. However, relief may be in sight. Wholesale natural gas prices are falling, due to the forecast of a mild winter. And, for many areas in which oil drives electricity power plants, electrical rates should stop climbing. Electricity accounts for approximately 46 percent of total utility costs i...

Westin Buckhead Atlanta Implements INNCOM to Meet its Starwood 30/20 by 20 Environmental Initiatives

Westin Buckhead Atlanta | January 7, 2015

Westin Buckhead Manages Guestroom Energy Use; Reduces Room Cooling Cost by 35%, Winter Energy Use by 55% with INNCOM System ATLANTA, January 7, 2015 - The Westin Buckhead Atlanta implemented an INNCOM Energy Management System as part of a comprehensive strategy to support its Starwood Hotels & Resorts' "30/20 by 20" environmental initiatives. The 358-room property installed e4 Smart Digital Thermostats with the patented ecoMODE® feature, INNcontrol 3 Central Room Management software, and a full INNCOM property management system interface. Westin Buckhead taps advanced system to achieve energy conservation standards "The goal of Sta...

Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa, St. Maarten Reaches Solar Energy Milestone

the Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa, St. Maarten | December 14, 2014

First Westin in World and Only Major Property in Caribbean Produces One GigaWatt Hour of Solar Power since June 2013; Also Installs Smardt Chiller for More Savings PHILIPSBURG, ST MAARTEN (December 15, 2014) - The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa, St. Maarten made its mark as a game-changer in the hospitality industry by completing a landmark solar installation earlier this year that allows the resort to produce six to eight hours of its own power during peak times. The resort has harnessed the power of the Caribbean sun for more than a year and reached an environmental milestone by generating one Gigawatt hour of solar power, or one ...

Bonaventure Resort & Spa’s Environmental Initiatives Win Three Palm Rating from FL’s Green Lodging

Bonaventure Resort & Spa | November 23, 2014

Weston (Fort Lauderdale), Florida, November 2014 ... An array of environmental initiatives recently won the Bonaventure Resort & Spa a coveted Three Palm rating from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Green Lodging program. Launched in 2004, the Florida Green Lodging Program is a voluntary initiative of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection that designates and recognizes lodging facilities, which make a commitment to conserve and protect Florida's natural resources. The program's environmental guidelines allow the state's hospitality industry to evaluate its operations, set goals and take specific acti...

Greater Cincinnati Green Business Council Shines Light on 8 Easy Energy Saving Strategies

Greater Cincinnati Green Business Council | October 2, 2014

Tips for National Energy Action Month to help businesses reduce costs CINCINNATI - [Oct. 2, 2014] - With colder weather right around the corner, it's a good time to look at energy consumption in your business and make changes to reduce energy use. In honor of National Energy Action Month in October, the Greater Cincinnati Green Business Council (GCGBC) has announced eight energy-saving strategies for the workplace, including some that can start saving your business money today. "Organizations often overlook simple changes they can make to save money today and into the future," said Jeremy Chapman, General Manager, Melink. "But the benef...

LED Source® Completes Lighting Retrofit at The Chatwal Hotel; Reduces Lighting Energy Use by 90%

LED Source | July 24, 2014

Uses Rebates and Incentives Program to Lower Costs to $1 Per LED Lamp (New York City)---LED Source®, the leading North American LED lighting solutions provider specializing in architectural, entertainment, and retrofit applications, has recently completed a major commercial project in the New York City area at The Chatwal, a Luxury Collection Hotel located in the heart of Manhattan's Theatre District. The project is part of a larger company initiative, led by Rick Lindemann, business development manager for the East Coast, to target all hotel properties throughout the greater New York City area that could benefit from an LED lighting u...

TripAdvisor Names 10 Highest-Rated Green Hotels in U.S.; Releases Annual Eco-Travel Survey Results

TripAdvisor | April 16, 2014

25% of Respondents Made a Green Travel Choice in the Past Year NEWTON, Mass. – April 16, 2014 – TripAdvisor®, the world's largest travel site*, today announced the 10 highest-rated TripAdvisor GreenLeaders™ hotels(1) in the U.S. and the results of its eco-travel survey of more than 2,100 U.S. respondents. According to the survey, 23 percent of respondents have consciously made an eco-friendly travel choice in the past year, and 85 percent said doing so made them feel more positive about their trip. The top five most common ways U.S. respondents travel green: Ensured the lights were turned off when not in hotel room – 96% Par...

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