The Hospitality Industry is Upping its Efficiency Game…Mostly

Carl Weinschenk

Energy efficient and green operations have caught on in the hospitality sector, at least in San Francisco. The San Francisco Business Times reports that of the 230 hotels in the Bay area listed at TripAdvisor site, 66 hotels — 27 percent – are in the GreenLeaders program. That percentage easily tops New York City (15   …Continue Reading

The Hospitality Sector Offers Significant Energy Efficiency Opportunities

Carl Weinschenk

Hotels are 24/7 businesses that lend themselves to evolving energy efficiency technologies and best practices.

Veolia Checks Into the UK’s Tallest Hotel

Carl Weinschenk

Combined heat and power (CHP) is getting quite a boost: When it is finished this autumn, the tallest hotel in the United Kingdom will use CHP to provide heat and hot water. Veolia’s technology will be used at the Novatel London Canary Wharf hotel, which will be 39 stories high and have 313 guest rooms,   …Continue Reading

Houston Hyatt Maps its Energy Future

Carl Weinschenk

A story at Hospitality Technology traces the approach the Hyatt Hotel in Houston is using to upgrade its energy efficiency.

It’s Check-In Time for Hotel Energy and Water Management

Carl Weinschenk

From an energy efficiency standpoint, hotels seem to have much in common with office buildings. And they indeed do: Hotels and office buildings generally are large structures that often are managed in portfolios. Increasing energy efficiency at a hotel involves many of the same technical steps as doing so in an office. But there are significant differences. MACH   …Continue Reading

LEED Report: Hospitality Efficiency Growing

Carl Weinschenk

The U.S. Green Building Council’s “LEED in Motion: Hospitality” report found that more than 109 million square feet of hotel space is LEED-certified, according to the organization. More than 1,400 hotels, which represent 638.7 million square feet, participate in the LEED program. The release cites a McGraw Hill Construction study that found than green construction   …Continue Reading

The Hospitality Industry Pays Attention to Energy Efficiency

Carl Weinschenk

The varied ways in which hotels use energy offer great opportunities for relatively easy efficiency gains. Some of the big players in the sector clearly are paying attention. There has been news on the hospitality power front lately. Today, Hilton Worldwide said that it has become the first hospitality company to gain Superior Energy Performance (SEP) from   …Continue Reading

Energy Manager Today Product & Project of the Year Award Winners Announced

Jennifer Hermes

Energy Manager Today announces the winners of the first annual Energy Manager Today Awards, a program recognizing excellence in products and services that provide companies with significant energy management benefits, or in projects implemented by companies that improved energy management and increased the bottom line. You can download the report here. The following companies won Product of the   …Continue Reading

IBEW, NECA Create Fund for Upgrades and Retrofits

Carl Weinschenk

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association has created the $300 million Clean Energy Fund. The fund, which will be available to the two groups’ members through ReNewAll and Tritec Americas, will finance energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy storage upgrades and retrofits for commercial buildings,   …Continue Reading

Hilton Upgrades LightStay to Better Track Energy Use

Carl Weinschenk

Hilton Worldwide said this week that it is upgrading LightStay, its corporate responsibility measurement platform used in its properties worldwide. The press release says that the next-generation of LightStay tracks historical energy and weather forecasts to predict needs going forward and predict impacts on cost and consumption. LightStay will provide a three-month forecast of energy and water   …Continue Reading