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Spain’s Hotels Power Up for an Eco-Friendly Future
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Spain’s Hotels Power Up for an Eco-Friendly Future

The Parador de Corias, Spain is housed in a former monastery. Photograph: Parador de Corias SPAIN—Across Spain, hotels are prominently flagging their green credentials as they increasingly take steps to reduce their environmental footprint and appeal to a new generation of eco-aware consumers. The country’s Paradores, state-run hotels in historic buildings such as former palaces...

ASHRAE Wraps Up Successful 2019 Winter Conference, AHR Expo
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ASHRAE Wraps Up Successful 2019 Winter Conference, AHR Expo

ATLANTA—Increased building activity, operational demands, changes in codes and design and new energy efficiency strategies were just some of the topic discussed among buildings professionals at the 2019 ASHRAE Winter Conference and AHR Expo. The 2019 ASHRAE Winter Conference took place last month at the Omni Hotel Atlanta at CNN Center and the Georgia World...

NAFEM Suppliers Roll Out New Products, Feature Time-Tested Equipment
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NAFEM Suppliers Roll Out New Products, Feature Time-Tested Equipment

ORLANDO, FLA.—The NAFEM Show, held every two years, wrapped up in Orlando on February 9 at the Orange County Convention Center. More than 600 suppliers featured their latest products to help restaurateurs and hoteliers save money, energy, water and reduce waste. It would be impossible to mention every product showcased in a single article. The...

ASHRAE to Begin Renovation to Create New Net-Zero World HQ Building
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ASHRAE to Begin Renovation to Create New Net-Zero World HQ Building

ATLANTA—ASHRAE announced board approval of a $15.7 million budget to begin a renovation of its new world headquarters building in metro Atlanta, with the intent of being designed for net-zero energy efficiency. The building located at 180 Technology Parkway in Peachtree Corners, is approximately 10 miles north of ASHRAE’s current location. The 1970s-era building was...

Cala Luna Boutique Hotel & Villas Completes Renewable Energy Project
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Cala Luna Boutique Hotel & Villas Completes Renewable Energy Project

GUANACASTE, COSTA RICA—In line with the sustainable tourism philosophy of Costa Rica Tourism Institute (ICT), Cala Luna Boutique Hotel & Villas has implemented a mass solar panel installation on its path toward entirely renewable energy. The project, one of the largest solar energy undertakings in Central America, was completed in December and will provide Tamarindo’s...

Solar-Powered Kudadoo Maldives Now Open
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Solar-Powered Kudadoo Maldives Now Open

LHAVIANI ATOLL, MALDIVES—Crown & Champa Resorts has opened its 100 percent solar-powered Kudadoo Maldives Private Island. The luxury resort is 200 meters long by 200 meters wide and was designed by Yuji Yamazaki. Included on the island are 13 one-bedroom residences and two two-bedroom residences. According to Crown & Champa Resorts, at every point in...

Their Mission: to Recover Laundry ‘Waste’ Heat Before it Drains
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Their Mission: to Recover Laundry ‘Waste’ Heat Before it Drains

NATIONAL REPORT—Using different technologies, two innovative suppliers are making sure that the energy housed in laundry machines is not just sent down the drain after each wash load. Hotel owners investing in such systems are saving money, water, energy and helping to reduce their environmental impact at the same time. The two companies are AquaRecycle...

LaFonda on the Plaza Hotel Named ‘Sustainability Champion’ in Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence
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LaFonda on the Plaza Hotel Named ‘Sustainability Champion’ in Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence

SANTA FE, N.M.—La Fonda on the Plaza Hotel has been named “Sustainability Champion” in the Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide 2018 Awards of Excellence. Each year, the Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence honor the most exemplary historic hotels, hoteliers, and leadership practices in multiple categories. The winners were chosen from more than...

Net Zero Hotels Made Easy with Modular Engineering, Tesla Solar Technology
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Net Zero Hotels Made Easy with Modular Engineering, Tesla Solar Technology

MURRIETA, CALIF.—The pieces to put together a net zero hotel are here and ready to go—and at a cost less than typical hotel construction. So says S2A Modular, a Murrieta, Calif.-based company specializing in electrically self-sustaining, custom luxury homes and commercial buildings such as hotels. S2A Modular combines modular construction techniques with Tesla solar panels...

Targeting LEED Gold, Hyatt Regency Seattle Opens in Heart of Downtown
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Targeting LEED Gold, Hyatt Regency Seattle Opens in Heart of Downtown

SEATTLE—Hyatt Regency Seattle announced its opening, located in the heart of downtown at 808 Howell Street and near some of Seattle’s top attractions including the Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Pike Place Market. With its sprawling, dynamic event space and number of guestrooms, Hyatt Regency Seattle is the largest hotel in the Pacific Northwest and...