Loews Vanderbilt Hotel recognized for energy efficiency
The U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Challenge has recognized Loews Hotels & Co. for the energy efficiency upgrades made at the Vanderbilt Hotel.
Through the Better Buildings Challenge, Loews set a goal to reduce energy use across all of its hotels by 20 percent in 10 years. Over the past two years, the Vanderbilt Hotel has improved its energy efficiency by 22 percent and achieved a total energy cost savings of $328,250, according to a release.
With updates to lighting and HVAC systems, guest rooms and the building envelope, the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel is demonstrating how building efficiency upgrades can preserve both comfort and affordability for its visitors, officials said.
"Businesses across the country are making a difference by stepping up and investing in energy efficiency in communities like Nashville," said Kathleen Hogan, deputy assistant secretary for energy efficiency for the U.S. Department of Energy. "Through the Better Buildings Challenge, Loews Hotels & Co. is saving money and investing in improved customer experiences while protecting the environment and helping create a roadmap for others to follow."
For the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel to reduce energy consumption by 22 percent within two years, Loews upgraded all public-area lighting fixtures to LEDs, installed new direct-drive elevator hoist motors on seven passenger elevators, replaced outdated 750-ton centrifugal chillers with re-sized, highly-efficient 500-ton chillers and installed a new, more efficient water system. The hotel also installed new variable frequency drives on the existing chilled water and condenser pumps to further enhance HVAC efficiency and replaced the water distribution media inside the cooling tower.
And by enhancing and insulating the hotel's façade and ballroom roof, the building's overall R-value (insulation effectiveness) was improved by 20 percent.
Through the Better Buildings Challenge, the Energy Department is partnering with more than 345 private businesses and public-sector organizations to achieve 20 percent portfolio-wide energy savings and share successful strategies that maximize efficiency over the next decade.
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