Commercial, Demand Management, Energy Efficiency  -  June 29, 2017

Nashville hotel recognized by DOE for energy efficiency

Photo provided by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Loews Vanderbilt Hotel was recognized by the U.S. DOE on June 27 for energy efficiency upgrades that helped to lower its energy consumption by 22% in the past two years.

The reduction in energy use at the property resulted in a total energy cost savings of $328,250, according to the DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge. The upgrades at the hotel, located in downtown Nashville, were a result of a companywide initiative by Loews Hotels & Co. to reduce energy use in all its hotels by 20% in ten years.

In 2015, to reduce energy consumption at the Vanderbilt Hotel, Loews Hotels & Co. upgraded all public area lighting fixtures to LEDs, replaced outdated 750-ton centrifugal chillers with resized 500-ton chillers and replaced more than 2,000 square feet of ballroom roofing that improved the building’s overall insulation effectiveness by 20%. It also updated elevator functioning on seven passenger elevators and began monitoring the equipment preventative maintenance system to track performance, according to a report from the Better Buildings Challenge.

"There is always more we can do to enhance building efficiency and reduce energy costs throughout our hotel," said Tony Phillips, general manager of the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel. "By teaming up with the Better Buildings Challenge, the Energy Department provided a wealth of resources to help cut costs and reduce energy waste. In turn, this cleared up plenty of resources to ensure our guests enjoy the best of what our hotel and the city of Nashville have to offer."

In 2017, the hotel chain, which owns 27 luxury hotel properties in the U.S. and Canada, plans to continue its energy upgrades at the Nashville location with the installation of a new thermostat centralized control system. The system will allow the engineering office to remotely control guestroom fan coil units, allowing for better temperature management across the property. The hotel also plans to install three new hot water boilers and replace older pipe insulation to minimize heat loss.

The Better Buildings Challenge is targeting 20% energy savings across their entire portfolio of partners, a collection of more than 345 private businesses and public sector organizations. The DOE estimates that its partners have cut a total of $1.9 billion in energy costs since the program launched in 2011.

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