Technical Designs Oversees the “Greening” of New Hampton Hotel

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National Consulting Firm Provides Green Engineering Expertise In Building Innovative, Sustainable & Environmentally Friendly Hotel

Technical Designs was instrumental in creating a state-of-the-art facility with a higher level of performance.

Technical Designs, a leading national consulting firm specializing in green engineering, today announced the successful completion of Hampton Hotel’s first LEED® certified hotel in California.

The Hampton Inn and Suites in Folsom represents a prime example of how businesses can construct cost-effective buildings with less environmental impact and lower operating cost., said officials with Technical Designs, the company responsible for helping incorporate a wide range of sustainable design strategies to achieve LEED certification – the gold standard recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

“We like working with clients like American Hospitality Services Inc. -- the Hampton franchisee in Folsom -- who really 'get it',” said Mark Hauenstein, president of Technical Designs. “We start with the idea that sustainability is the goal and then focus on overhauling basic construction practices. The result is improved living spaces with less environmental impact and lower energy cost. Hampton's dedication to green building is truly commendable and should be a model for the rest of the American hotel industry.”

Technical Designs’ work included oversight of such LEED categories as sustainable site design, reduced water use, optimized building energy performance, sustainable building products, construction recycle management and improved indoor air quality.

Achieving LEED certification, granted earlier this summer, was based on a variety of design and construction elements. These included:

  •     Advanced mechanical system design, selected for its high efficiency, quiet operation and central control / alarm features;
  •     Water saving fixtures that will reduce water usage by a third;
  •     Zero CFC based refrigerants in the air conditioning system;
  •     The hotel’s efficient insulation system, glazing, roof, hot water production, air conditioning, heating and lighting equipment allows it to reduce its annual energy usage by at least 24 percent compared to a similar hotel built under standard building codes;
  •     The hotel purchased 572,000 Kilowatt-hours worth of Tradable Renewable Energy Certificate. This amounts to 70 percent of the building energy usage over a two-year period. The goal is to reduce the carbon footprint of the hotel with the purchase of wind powered energy certificates;
  •     Low emitting (VOC) materials (glues, sealants, woods) were used during the construction;
  •     Landscaping utilizes native plants, reducing the need for watering;
  •     The hotel is conveniently located near a public transportation hub and provides a shuttle so guests can avoid use of cars;
  •     The hotel provides extensive bicycle parking and a shower facility to encourage hotel employees to ride their bicycle to work;
  •     The hotel offers preferred parking places for fuel efficient and high occupancy vehicles.

Hampton officials applauded the work of Technical Designs.

“Technical Designs was instrumental in creating a state-of-the-art facility with a higher level of performance,” said Rohit Ranchhod, owner and developer with American Hospitality. “Sustainability is a driving force for the brand and for Hilton Worldwide. By partnering with skilled firms like Technical Designs, our franchise is able to stay in the forefront of our industry as a leader in sustainable building and operations.”

About Technical Designs
Headquartered in Reno, Nevada, Technical Designs is a national consulting firm that provides green engineering expertise and related services throughout the United States to a wide range of businesses, non-profits and public-sector organizations. With offices in Nevada and Texas, the firm helps its clients realize savings, boost profitability and stretch budgets through environmentally friendly infrastructure improvements. The company offers expertise in energy audits, building commissioning, smart-building technology, acoustics, solar and other green engineering solutions. A member of the U.S. Green Building Council, Technical Designs is certified in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED); this third-party designation recognizes excellence in green building performance and practice, and is widely viewed as the industry’s gold standard. We are in the process of revamping our web site to make it more useful to our customers. In the meantime, please feel free to contact us by phone or email for more information or to learn how Technical Designs can assist you in becoming more energy efficient.

About Hampton Hotels
Hampton Hotels (http://www.hampton.com) is the international brand of nearly 1,800 mid-priced Hotels. Hampton hotels Take Care program’s mission is “to show the world we Take Care by preserving our environment and enhancing the health and well-being of one another, one caring moment at a time. Hampton has implemented several programs as part of the Take Care initiative, such as optional linen and terry freshening programs and water aerators to reduce the use of water, energy and detergent. There’s even a fluffy, durable pillow made from 100% recycled materials. Hampton is also continuing its innovation within the Take Care program with other future product enhancements on the way like CFL bulbs and eco-friendly disposable items in place brand-wide by the end of the year. As a part of Hilton Worldwide, Hampton is currently rolling out the company’s proprietary LightStay™ system. By Decem¬ber 31, 2011, all 3,600 properties within Hilton Worldwide’s global portfolio of brands will use LightStay, making the company the first major multi-brand company in the hospitality industry to require property-level measurement of sustainability. LightStay, mea¬sures energy and water use and waste and carbon output at Hilton Worldwide properties around the globe. The system also analyzes per¬formance across 200 operational practices, such as housekeeping, paper product usage, food waste, chemical storage, air quality and transportation. The company saved more than $29 million in utility costs in 2009 and the reductions conserved enough energy to power 5,700 homes for a year and reduce carbon output equivalent to taking 34,865 cars off the road.

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