Check out AGPOM’s brand new Hotel Issue of the Green Property Insider Newsletter!
Hotel Carbon Measurement Initative – Free webinar with International Tourism Partnership (Tuesday, April 28th)
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Hotel Carbon Measurement Initative – Free webinar with International Tourism Partnership (Tuesday, April 28th)
See the full issue here
Take a look inside this month’s Green Property Insider for articles, course offerings and upcoming webinars all about Risk Management and Sustainability for property Owners and managers. We reported that BOMI is now offering a new LEED Credential Course focused on High-Performance Sustainability and industry expert Stephen Bushnell is offering a new course in Risk Management Sustainability.
Be sure to note upcoming webinars including Risk Management Center platform orientation and Measuring your Hotel’s Carbon Footprint with Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative through Green Hotelier. Green Hotelier is also seeking award submissions for the best in Green Hotels Worldwide.
Lastly, but certainly not least, we are thrilled to feature one of our newest AGPOM Members, Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Tennis and Golf Resort! Click any of the links below to read more.
BOMI International is proud to be a U.S. Green Buildings Council Approved Educational Provider. With eleven previously approved courses for LEED Credential Maintenance Program, BOMI International’s Course High Performance Sustainable Building Principles, has been approved for the LEED Credential Maintenance Program.
With twelve courses to assist LEED Green Associates, BOMI International is the top choice for professional career development and training. LEED Green Associates must earn 15 continuing education hours every two years, and LEED-APs must earn 30. HP Principles is listed as a 30 hour course.
AGPOM Members can save 10% on courses with BOMI International by using the code BOMI GREEN when registering. More information here.
High Performance Sustainable Building Principles is available as self-study course, instructor online course and an accelerated review course. Dave Pogue, LEED- AP ( subject matter expert and contributor to High Performance Sustainable Building Principles) will be instructing an Accelerated Review Course of High Performance Sustainable Building Principles in McLean, Virginia. Space is limited- reserve your space now.
|Accelerated Review||Apr 13, 2015 to Apr 16, 2015||McLean, VA||BOMI International|
|Instructor-Led Online||May 18, 2015 to Aug 28, 2015||Online||BOMI International|
|Instructor-Led Online||Sep 08, 2015 to Dec 18, 2015||Online||BOMI International|
The efficacy of energy-efficiency solutions becomes increasingly clearer to the hospitality industry year after year. In fact, some of the most recognized hotel and resort brands are making increasingly more green decisions and taking the lead to implement best energy-efficiency practices throughout their properties.
There are many green measures a hotel property can implement – from LED lighting to intelligent energy controls and smart pumping systems and efficient water management. In this article, we’ll take a look at smart energy controls and the opportunities for cost savings in heating and ventilation.
The first thing hotel management needs to do is have an effective training program in place to educate the staff on best energy-efficiency practices. Changing staff behavior and attitudes is important in adopting energy efficiencies at a hotel property. Secondly, it’s important that any energy efficiency solution, such as smart HVAC controls, does not have a negative impact on the daily life of a busy hotel, either during installation or afterwards. There should be no adverse effect on guest satisfaction.
Equally important is that any proposed energy efficiency solution is based on sound business logic with a clear idea of timing for return on investment and a way to measure and monitor the solutions implemented. Hotel management should be able to measure accurately and understand current consumption rates, identifying immediate benefits and prioritizing investment decisions.
For example, many hotel properties focus on the HVAC in hotel rooms since guests spend so little time in them. In fact, some research indicates that hotel guest rooms are often empty for up to 46% of any 24-hour guest stay. With smart and effective guest room controls through a combination of sensors that detects whether a guest is in their room or not, the property can control the temperature of the room. When a guest is in the room, he or she must have control of the system, including the existing thermostat. When not in the room, the system can switch to a money-saving, energy-saving mode after a suitable period – usually 30 minutes.
To minimize disruption and loss of business, the smart controls need to be based on the best wireless technology that connect the micro sensors, as this avoids the need for complex cabling so ensuring that installation is very quick – equivalent to the room being cleaned – which means that rooms do not have to be taken out of service.
Any smart controls system should also be thoroughly tested first and would need to have the capability of monitoring accurately the property’s HVAC units, providing detailed a wealth of data and reports on energy usage and the cost savings garnered.
Fulcrum Insurance Programs is committed to helping the hospitality industry in their green efforts, supported by their partnership with AGPOM. Fulcrum offers key benefits to AGPOM Members, including insurance premium discounts. For more information, please feel free to call 425-453-5157 or visit www.fulcrumprograms.com.
AGPOM provides a Green Property Behavioral Plan specifically designed for hotels and resorts to help their staff see the benefits of green practices. For additional Green Hotel resources and articles check out AGPOM’s Resource Page.
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A number of industry organizations offer programs-many in the form of tool or scale-to help industry professionals enhance building performance through the reduction and conservation of energy use. But with so many available options, how do you know where to begin the process of implementing and maintaining an effective sustainability program?
Whether you’re starting from scratch or planning to restructure your current sustainability program, the following two tips will support your efforts.
A key facet to planning or revising any program is to make sure you are up-to-date on industry best practices. However, keeping current with various applications and trends in greening can be quite time consuming and overwhelming.
The good news is the dirty work has been done for you by BOMI International. A leading industry education provider for over 44 years, BOMI International offers several subject-specific courses that focus on achieving greater building energy efficiency through the implementation of sustainable best practices.
Everything you need to know is compiled into a 15-week Instructor-Led Online course-or, for independent learners, available in a six-month Self-Study format. What’s even better, AGPOM members save 10% on all BOMI International offerings, including the following courses, which are approved by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) for the LEED Credential Maintenance Program (CMP).
Air Handling, Water Treatment, and Plumbing Systems
Revisit the components of HVAC systems, water treatment, and plumbing systems, and learn how to control climate for energy efficiency and for human comfort.
Electrical Systems and Illumination
Learn how to measure electrical consumption, and gain the ability to recognize, set up, and maintain reliable and effective maintenance and safety systems.
Energy Management and Controls
From everyday preventive maintenance tasks to developing an energy plan, this course provides you with the skills to evaluate and optimize your current system, the know-how to integrate new components, and the ability to communicate your needs to decision makers.
Environmental Health and Safety Issues
This course will help you develop and manage proactive environmental/occupational health and safety programs, comply with regulatory standards and guidelines, and assess when to obtain technical assistance.
Refrigeration Systems and Accessories
Gain the skills and knowledge to identify the performance characteristics of refrigeration components, and operate and maintain reciprocating and absorption refrigeration systems.
The Design, Operation, and Maintenance of Building Systems, Part I
This course covers best practices in building operations and maintenance-you will learn how to effectively manage the ongoing operation and maintenance of building systems to maximize building efficiency and cost-effectiveness.
The Design, Operation, and Maintenance of Building Systems, Part II
This course covers building systems management, analytics, and optimization, and high-performance security and life safety systems design-you will gain the knowledge needed to increase occupant safety and comfort while facilitating building efficiency to meet your business goals.
For a complete course/program list visit: www.bomi.org/AGPOM.aspx.
No matter your experience level, after a refresher course or two, it becomes easier to understand and, therefore, determine the right tool to assist with your organizations’ building improvement initiatives.
Listed below are summaries of a few options you can research and perhaps consider for your company.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations, and maintenance solutions. There are several LEED rating systems, including ones for new construction, existing buildings/O&M, core and shell, and others.
Evaluates major areas of building operations and management, and incorporates a rating system to compare a building’s performance against industry standards. Only occupied commercial office buildings and industrial buildings are eligible.
An assessment and rating system that delivers guidance for green building design, operation, and management in the US and Canada.
An assessment using recognized measures of performance, which are set against established benchmarks, to evaluate a building’s specification, design, construction, and use.
Focuses on saving money and protecting the environment through energy-efficient products and practices. For a manager, the most important part of the program is the Portfolio Manager. Portfolio Manager is an interactive energy management tool that allows the tracking and assessment of energy and water consumption across a portfolio of buildings in a secure online environment.
A nonprofit organization that develops lifecycle-based sustainability standards for products, services, and companies and offers third-party certification for those that meet the standard criteria.
We often write about the need to go green and sustainability for the various industries for which we write insurance, including for multi-family dwellings. There are many benefits to green buildings, including attracting and retaining tenants, the ability to get higher rents, receiving local financial incentives (such as tax credits), reducing maintenance costs and water and energy bills, among others.
This year, in fact, the New York State Energy Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) completed a study of more than 200 communities throughout the state, including 1,500 buildings and approximately 33,000 apartments, measuring the effectiveness of energy programs. The sample buildings included everything from high-rise apartments in New York City to converted historic mansions upstate. The NYSERDA wanted to see how much savings was realized from energy-reducing programs.
“We asked people to put together a customized work scope that’s going to reduce energy usage by 20% for most of the buildings,” said Lindsay Robbins, senior project manager, NYSERDA, according to an article in Multi-Housing News. “We look at energy bills one year post-construction and see if people actually got the savings they were expecting to achieve. “We’ve seen that 73% of the projects that have come through the program have hit [their] savings target. And for most projects, that was a 20% savings target. For some projects it was a 15% savings target.”
Diversity was key with varied cost-effective measures undertaken depending on the building. But there are also general measures all buildings should implement. This includes investing in improving the efficiency of a building’s heating system, which represents the lion’s share of the heating costs with energy for multi-family buildings. Also, other smaller measures may not yield high results but are a good start, such as changing the lighting in common areas to be energy-efficiency.
Smart water management is also key for multi-family dwellings. As we previously cited in our blog, according to the Irrigation Association, the average community is overwatering their grounds by about 30%. That’s a lot when you consider water scarcity and rising rates.
Fulcrum is a proud partner with the Association of Green Property Owners and Managers (AGPOM). Fulcrum provides clients with a customized industry-specific Green Property Behavioral Plan through AGPOM to help insureds with energy efficiency and other sustainable efforts. On AGPOM’s Green Resources pages You’ll find information for multi-family buildings on energy efficiency, water conservation, indoor air quality, site sustainability, and general business practices on office equipment use and helping residents go green.
Like AGPOM, Fulcrum recognizes a connection between risk and going green. As such, the “greener” an insured, the lower their premiums in Fulcrum’s Green Insurance Programs. For more information visit FulcrumPrograms.com.