The importance of guest room and hospitality solutions is catching nationwide attention and coverage, including a recent article in The New York Times on hotel energy usage trends. When The New York Times needed experts to weigh in on what’s currently making waves in hospitality solutions and where the industry is headed, they turned right here to Leviton!
As a company, we’ve been talking extensively about the importance of advanced energy controls in hospitality applications, especially in light of ASHRAE 90.1, 2012 IECC and Title 24 requirements. All three of the major United States energy standards require some level of energy management technology installed in guest rooms.
“Energy is just going to go up in cost and environmental impact,” Tom Leonard, Vice President of Marketing and Product Management with Energy Management, Controls and Automation was quoted in the article. “I would be very surprised if the energy codes we see in California don’t expand across the nation.”
In fact, as ASHRAE 90.1 and 2012 IECC grow more strict and specific with each revision, this trend is already underway. And hotels are already reaping tremendous cost benefits—this article estimates that digital thermostat-based guest control systems can save a hotel “20 percent or more in energy costs.”
Code/Standard Requirements: Guest Room Control at a Glance
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Guest rooms require standalone controls at the room entry such as occupancy sensors or key card switches, and a separate control in the restroom
At least 50% of all receptacles must be off within 30 minutes of vacancy
Occupancy sensors must link to both HVAC and lighting, including lamps and plug-in lighting
Guest rooms require a master control at main room entry that controls all permanently installed luminaires and switched receptacles
Leviton Brings Guest Rooms Up to Code with Lumina™ RF Eco-System Solutions
The Leviton Lumina RF Eco-System was designed with the needs of hospitality applications in mind, in order to meet energy code requirements for ASHRAE 90.1, 2012 IECC and Title 24 while maintaining a seamless and comfortable guest experience. With Lumina RF’s wireless hospitality thermostat and the Leviton key card switch, installation is simple and low-cost, and an entire resort’s worth of guest rooms can be retrofitted in a fraction of the time a traditional system would take to install.
Working with Lumina RF wireless door/window sensors, occupancy sensors, motion sensors and the thermostat’s own built-in occupancy sensor, the thermostat’s logic can turn lights off when a guest is exiting a room, dial down the temperature, turn off the TV and more. Upon return, the room will re-activate. Free software allows rooms to be quickly replicated via a micro-USB connector for easy deployment and installation of multi-room properties.
The key card switch offers similar control of temperatures, lighting and energy loads by requiring a key card inserted to activate the room out of vacant energy-saving mode. This ensures that energy is only used when guests or staff are present.
Give your guests the comfort and ease of checking into an effortlessly comfortable space with the Lumina RF Eco-System. The ease of use is sure to score bonus points and repeat stays, all while ensuring you stay in compliance with codes and standards. To learn more, visit leviton.com/guestroomcontrols.