Enhance Sustainability Through Energy Efficiency and Occupant Engagement
Sustainability has rapidly become a strategic driver in the hospitality sector. As consumers become more educated and demand for environmentally responsible practices grows, hotel owners and operations recognize that sustainability is not only good for the environment, but also good for the bottom line.
Energy conservation is a cornerstone of any commitment to environmental responsibility. On average, hotels spend over $2,000 per guest room each year on energy, representing approximately 6% of total hotel operating costs according to the EPA Energy Star.
Evolve Controls helps our customers meet today’s energy codes and standards, access rebate and incentive funding, and earn industry recognition for superior energy and sustainability performance.
California’s Title 24 – the California Building Standards Code – ensures that all new buildings and those undergoing substantial renovations throughout the state adhere to strict guidelines to achieve energy efficiency and preserve both outdoor and indoor environmental quality. The simplest and easiest way to reduce lighting in buildings is to automatically turn off lights and manage HVAC temperatures when rooms are not occupied. There are key provisions within Title 24 that require hotel operators to more effectively manage energy use by:
- Automatically shutting off guest room lighting within 30 minutes of the room being vacated
- Requiring that at least one-half of all receptacles are controlled, and are automatically shut off within 30 minutes of the room being vacated
- Automatically raising temperatures by +/- 5°F (+/- 3°C) in cooling mode and lowering temperatures by +/- 5°F (+/- 3°C) in heating mode within 30 minutes of the room being vacated
- Installing thermostats with numeric setpoints, with established setpoint stops which are accessible only to authorized personnel
- Limiting the ability of guests to adjust the setpoint by more than +/- 5°F (+/- 3°C) above or below the established setpoint stop in heating or cooling mode
The Evolve Connected Room Solution is ideally positioned to comply with California Title 24 through our suite of thermostats, lighting controls, receptacles, door contacts and card key systems.
The City of Seattle has implemented some of the most rigorous energy code requirements in the country. There are key provisions within this energy code that require hotels with over 50 guest rooms to more effectively manage energy use by:
- Automatically setback temperatures in winter and set up temperatures in summer by no less than 5°F when the room is vacated.
- Occupancy sensor controls that are activated by the occupant’s presence in the room.
The Evolve Connected Room Solution is ideally positioned to comply with the City of Seattle Energy Code through our suite of thermostats, lighting controls, receptacles, door contacts and card key access systems.
Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, the LEED Green Building Rating System is a voluntary standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings worldwide. The LEED rating system is the most widely adopted and recognized Green Building rating system in the marketplace, and increasingly serves as a guide for legislative mandates, tax incentives and commercial sector green building initiatives.
The Evolve connected room solution can help building owners and managers achieve LEED credits that support the goals of greater energy efficiency and improved indoor environmental quality. Through occupancy based energy management, our solution can significantly reduce building energy consumption, while providing occupants with improved levels of control over the indoor environment.
The EPA’s ENERGY STAR program is the most widely recognized and utilized energy performance rating system in the marketplace today, addressing a wide range of commercial and institutional building types including hotels, offices, hospitals and retail facilities. It provides building owners and managers with a means to benchmark facility energy performance versus similar buildings based on type, size, and geographic location. Today, local governments throughout the United States have enacted legislation requiring buildings to benchmark energy performance through ENERGY STAR, and share the results as a means to provide market transparency and spur action to reduce energy consumption.
Implementing an Evolve Controls solution can positively impact the ENERGY STAR score by reducing energy usage through more effective control and management of lighting, HVAC, temperature, room occupancy and plug loads.
Developed by the American Society for Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Standard 90.1 provides the minimum requirements for energy efficient design of most buildings. The standard defines the minimum energy efficiency requirements both for new construction as well as new systems installed in existing buildings, and has been broadly adopted by state and local governments. There are specific provisions within the standard for lighting and HVAC control, however in older versions of ASHRAE 90.1 (prior to 2013), hotel and motel guest rooms are not required to implement automated controls based on room occupancy. However the most recent addenda to ASHRAE 90.1 2013 includes specific requirements for automated and occupancy-based control of both lighting and HVAC for hotel and motel guest rooms.
Implementing an Evolve Controls solution ensures that you are not only meeting the most stringent energy code requirements, but that you are planning for the future, where greater levels of lighting and HVAC control become standard in how buildings are managed.
Building owners and managers have access to a wide range of rebates and incentives ranging from Federal tax incentives to robust programs offered through utility providers. These programs provide financial incentive and support to encourage investment in a variety of energy conservation technologies and strategies.
By delivering technology solutions that reduce energy consumption, customers who deploy Evolve Controls system can be eligible for financial incentives to reduce up-front investment costs.