Marriott Whistler Drives Down GHG Emissions and Energy Costs with Environmental Makeover

Marriott Whistler Drives down GHG Emissions and Energy Costs with Environmental Makeover Final phase builds on over 45 per cent cut in GHG emissions through the use of hybrid heating.

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By completing the third phase, we are able to align our environmental practices to our serene mountain surroundings while providing our owners with significant financial savings.

Whistler, BC (PRWEB) January 15, 2009

The Residence Inn by Marriott - Whistler is announcing it has completed its third and final installment of Sempa Power's Hybrid Heating System TM, which will further accelerate reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while cutting energy costs.

"The first two implementations of Sempa's hybrid heating system have surpassed our expectations by providing GHG emission reductions of over 45 per cent while lowering energy costs by over $125,000 each year," said Ian Lowe, General Manager of The Residence Inn by Marriott - Whistler. "By completing the third phase, we are able to align our environmental practices to our serene mountain surroundings while providing our owners with significant financial savings."

The hotel's environmental upgrades are part of a global effort by Marriott International, Inc. to reduce the chain's GHG emissions by six percent per room by 2010. The hotel chain is the first of its kind to be named a Climate Leader by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

BC-based Sempa Power System's hybrid heating technology allows commercial buildings to decrease GHG emissions and reduce energy costs through automatically switching between fossil fuels and, in BC, hydroelectricity, based on the cheapest fuel source in a 24-hour cycle.

"We are happy to have been a major part of the environmental upgrade made by the Marriott Whistler. By including the installation of Sempa's hybrid heating system in their mechanical upgrades, the hotel not only managed to save money, but was also able to channel savings into other system improvements," said Ron Dizy, President & CEO, Sempa Power Systems Ltd.

The Residence Inn by Marriott-Whistler has implemented Sempa's Hybrid Heating System TM throughout the renovation in three stages. The first stage, completed in 2004, saw the installation of hybrid heating in the hotel's pool and hot tub boilers. The second stage, completed in 2006, included the installation of electric duct heaters to heat the common areas of the hotel. The third and final stage included the addition of a new electric boiler to heat the hot water supply.

The 186-suite hotel located at Blackcomb Mountain has already introduced a composting program for the food and beverage department and has retrofit all common area lighting to energy-efficient compact florescent bulbs.

About Sempa Power Systems Ltd.:
Sempa Power Systems Ltd. is a world-leading alternative energy company with a patent-pending Hybrid Heating Solution TM. Sempa provides technology and implementation services to help commercial building owners and managers dramatically lower energy costs, significantly reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions, and cut energy consumption. More information can be found at: http://www.sempapower.com.

About The Residence Inn by Marriott - Whistler:
Opened in 1996, The Residence Inn by Marriott - Whistler is ideally situated slope-side on Blackcomb Mountain. Guests are able to ski, hike and bike in and out. Our spacious, luxuriously appointed guest suites boast full kitchens, and 50% more space than the average hotel room, perfect for families, groups, and corporate retreats to enjoy. As the only hotel in Whistler to offer daily complementary hot breakfast, guests are able to fuel up before hitting the slopes or trails. Romantics will love the in-suite fireplaces and large balconies. The hotel offers a perfect blend of business and leisure facilities, with onsite ski and sporting equipment rental, complementary high-speed wireless internet access and friendly, efficient staff to take care of all your needs. For more information or to book your next trip, please visit: http://www.whistler-marriott.com/
For more information, please contact:
Alison Reed
Temple Scott Associates for Sempa Power
(416) 360-6183 x 227

Chris Witney
Sempa Power
(604) 657-3868

Ian Lowe
Residence Inn by Marriott - Whistler
(604) 905-3102

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