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Hotels, Motels, Casinos, Clubs, and Other Hospitality
often have complicated operations and extensive
campuses, with many different types of energy end uses. These may
include sophisticated lighting and mechanical systems, pools,
elevators, and sizable hot water loads. Modern energy
management practices include using infrared motion sensors and door
contacts to control the heating and air conditioning systems (HVAC)
when guests leave the room or open windows, as well as behavioral
contributions by the guests themselves.
- e-News #88: Outdoor Lighting
for safety, security, productivity, and enjoyment. Guidelines and
technologies available today can help meet these lighting needs
while providing good quality lighting that minimizes light
pollution, conserves energy, and enhances community ambience,
including the effect on wildlife and our view of the starry night
- e-News #76: Vertical Transportation
are faster and more comfortable than their counterparts decades
ago. But even when you are standing inside an innovative looking
elevator cab, it is hard to identify the green features in the
elevator and recognize their energy savings. This issue of e-News
details major sustainable features in elevators and escalators and
some design considerations.
- e-News #74: Combined Heat and Power
or it may be old and
inefficient. Either way, the electricity used in the building
will likely be produced with inherent inefficiencies. The
efficiency of fossil fuel based electricity production averages 34%
(although new combined cycle plants can exceed 50% efficiency). The
ultimate efficiency of any building pulling electricity from the
grid is limited by that number.
- Design Brief: Chiller Plant Efficiency
to install and more complicated to operate, a chiller plant offers a number of benefits over simple packaged cooling units, including greater energy efficiency, better controllability, and longer life.
- Design Brief: Industrial Process Heat Recovery
in the industrial and
manufacturing sectors, and it often results in a large amount of
waste heat that is discharged into the atmosphere.
- Design Brief: Demand-Controlled Ventilation
that varies the amount of ventilation
outside air delivered to a space based on input from a single
carbon dioxide (CO2) sensor or group of sensors.
- Design Brief: Pumping System Troubleshooting
encountered in existing buildings during retro-commissioning
- Design Brief: Outdoor Lighting and Title 24
conserve energy and reduce electricity peak demand. The Outdoor
Lighting Standards regulate lighting power, controls, and allowed
lighting fixture types. Illuminated signs are also covered by the
- Design Brief: Commercial Kitchen Ventilation Design
exhaust ventilation system for a new commercial restaurant,
significant operational savings, energy efficiency, and
environmental improvements can be achieved.
- e-News #30: How to Keep Energy Consumption in Elevators "Going Down"
stock, elevators can consume five to fifteen percent of a
building's total energy usage, depending on the other services
running in the building.
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Advanced Energy Design Guide - Lodging: 30% over 90.1-1999
ASHRAE (with AIA/IES/USGBC/DOE)
For typical hotels found along highways having up to 80 rooms,
generally four stories or less, that use unitary heating and
air-conditioning equipment. These represent a significant amount of
commercial hotel space in the U.S. (2009 120 pages).
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Fairmont Hotel - San Jose
Pacific Gas & Electric
The Fairmont Hotel in San Jose installed an energy management
system that gave them a huge rebate from PG&E and enabled them
to reduce their demand by 20 percent as needed.
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Four Points by Sheraton - Emeryville
Pacific Gas & Electric
Four Points by Sheraton in Emeryville installed an ozone laundry
system, replaced T12 lighting with efficient T8's and performed
HVAC maintenance, while receiving rebates. The many energy
efficiency changes lowered Four Points' energy costs, maintained
customer satisfaction, increased employee moral and boosted their
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