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Architect Building Net-Zero Energy Hotel in Connecticut—Hotel Marcel
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Architect Building Net-Zero Energy Hotel in Connecticut—Hotel Marcel

NEW HAVEN, CONN.—When the Hotel Marcel opens next summer in New Haven, Conn., it will be a shining example of sustainability and what every hotel could and should be. The 165-room boutique hotel will be the result of the renovated Armstrong Rubber Company Building, aka Pirelli Building, originally designed by Marcel Breuer in 1967. It...

Twenty Shipping Containers Comprise Highly Innovative Geneseo Inn
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Twenty Shipping Containers Comprise Highly Innovative Geneseo Inn

PASO ROBLES, CALIF.—Open since June, the luxury boutique Geneseo Inn in Paso Robles, Calif., is one of a number of lodging establishments in the United States built using steel shipping containers—in this case shipping containers from the Port of Los Angeles. Walter Scott Perry of Ecotech Design was the architect of the eight B&B units...

ASHRAE Announces Move to New Net-Zero Energy Global Headquarters in Metro Atlanta
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ASHRAE Announces Move to New Net-Zero Energy Global Headquarters in Metro Atlanta

ATLANTA—ASHRAE, a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment, announced a move to its new global headquarters, located at 180 Technology Parkway, Peachtree Corners, Ga. The Society began renovations in January 2020 on an existing 66,700 ft2 building, originally built in 1978, on 11 acres of land. Located 10 miles north of its...

Entrepreneur Develops Elite Room Concept for COVID-19 World
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Entrepreneur Develops Elite Room Concept for COVID-19 World

DENVER—Scott Milne*, Lead Energy Auditor and Commercial Consultant for Denver-based Rocky Mountain Efficiency Group, has launched the Elite Room concept to give hoteliers—“even the Days Inns of the World are looking for a solution,” he says—a leg up on their competition in the race to provide the safest and cleanest rooms for guests. “You have...

Financial Model Makes LED Upgrade ‘No Brainer’
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Financial Model Makes LED Upgrade ‘No Brainer’

NATIONAL REPORT—At a time of low occupancies caused by COVID-19, spending money on upgrades other than those related to cleaning and maintenance is likely not a priority. At least one company, however, is offering a “pay as you save” program that makes investing in LED lighting upgrades very enticing. “Through our ‘pay as you save’...

Features to Look for in Eco-Friendly Commercial Design
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Features to Look for in Eco-Friendly Commercial Design

There is tremendous demand for eco-friendly design features and elements not only in residential development but also in commercial development. Image by ejaugsburg from Pixabay There are plenty of reasons for business owners to seek out green commercial spaces. In terms of overhead and operating expenses, with an eco-friendly space, there are opportunities to save...

Red Sea Project Seeks Dark Skies International Accreditation
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Red Sea Project Seeks Dark Skies International Accreditation

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA—The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), the developer behind one of the world’s most ambitious tourism initiatives, has announced plans to become the largest certified Dark Sky Reserve in the world, and is seeking an accreditation that recognizes areas with an exceptional quality of starry nights and a commitment to protecting the nocturnal...

The Environmental Impact of Fuel Cell Candle Use
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The Environmental Impact of Fuel Cell Candle Use

NATIONAL REPORT—Humans strive to make life easy. It’s this desire to do less labor that, over our existence, has driven our imagination to invent more efficient ways of completing various tasks ranging from eating to traveling to communicating. Yet our advancement is a double-edged sword. As of recently, especially within the last 100 years, we’ve...

Waterpark Giant Great Wolf Resorts Getting Greener One Phase at a Time
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Waterpark Giant Great Wolf Resorts Getting Greener One Phase at a Time

CHICAGO—A year and a half ago, Great Wolf Resorts announced it would replace plastic straws at all 17 of its indoor water park resorts with more environmentally friendly paper straws. That step completed by the end of 2018 stopped more than 5 million plastic straws from entering local landfills annually. Bob Holesko, Corporate Director of...

Consumer Reports Says Rolling Back Lightbulb Efficiency Rules is a Costly Mistake
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Consumer Reports Says Rolling Back Lightbulb Efficiency Rules is a Costly Mistake

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Department of Energy announced a decision to roll back rules that would have required lightbulbs to be more efficient, a decision that could cost consumers up to $100/year per household starting in 2025, according to estimates by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). David Friedman, Vice President of Advocacy for Consumer Reports, and...