Proximity Hotel Receives Energy Award
(Press release from Energy Solutions Center, June 13, 2008)
Washington, DC - Representatives from the nation’s leading gas utilities will present four North Carolina companies with the “Partnership Award for Innovative Energy Solutions” at the Charlotte Westin Hotel on June 18. The non-profit Energy Solutions Center will be making the awards to Proximity Hotel, Fairway Row, JDavis Architects, and Piedmont Natural Gas for the recent implementation of innovative energy systems utilizing natural gas technology. The awards will be presented during the Center’s Technology & Market Assessment Forum, which brings energy technology and equipment entrepreneurs and developers together with representatives of 42 North American energy utilities.
“We were delighted to work with The Proximity and Fairway Row in designing, planning, and installing these new energy systems which are not only highly efficient, but environmentally friendly as well. These are excellent examples of how environmentally sensitive building designs can provide practical energy solutions in today’s residential and commercial markets,” said Ranelle Warfield, Vice President for Sales and Marketing, Piedmont Natural Gas in Charlotte, North Carolina. “Proximity and Fairway Row should be congratulated for making the commitment to seek out new energy efficient equipment and systems that will help reduce their energy costs through improved efficiencies while contributing to a cleaner environment through reduced emissions of greenhouse gases.”
The Proximity Hotel, located on Green Valley Road in Greensboro, was completed earlier this year and is currently awaiting certification to the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum level. LEED is the nationally accepted benchmark developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for design, performance, and construction of high-performance green buildings. The Platinum level is the highest LEED certification available. One of the more than 70 sustainable and energy-conserving designs is the combined use of solar energy from 100 solar panels on the hotel roof and an energy-efficient natural gas system to meet the hot water needs of the hotel. This and other measures enable the Proximity to operate with 41 % less energy than a conventional hotel. According to Dennis Quaintance, CEO of Quaintance-Weaver Restaurants and Hotels and the Chief Design Officer for this project, “ "In designing the Proximity Hotel, one of our goals was to make sure our sustainable practices did not produce one iota of sacrifice in the experience of our guests. A good example is that the hot water in the shower may be heated in part with yesterday's sunlight and in part with natural gas. If the guest can't tell the difference, we have been successful."
Fairway Row, located in Charlotte, is a premier row home development adjacent the Providence Country Club golf course. Some features of these new homes include high-efficiency, forced air gas furnaces with digital thermostats, tankless gas water heaters, and gas logs. Energy-efficient gas ranges and gas dryers are offered as options. JDavis Architects of Raleigh assisted in the project and will be receiving an award as well. Greg Helms, owner of GM Helms Construction, notes that “The dependable, efficient, environmentally-friendly natural gas equipment provides our customers the comfort and value they desire .”
Charlotte-headquartered Piedmont Natural Gas is an energy services company primarily engaged in the distribution of natural gas to more than one million residential, commercial and industrial utility customers in North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
The Energy Solutions Center based Washington DC, is a partnership of energy utilities and equipment manufacturers. The Center is designed to facilitate the pathway of new energy technologies from the successfully completed R&D phase to broad market acceptance. The Energy Solutions Center funds and manages on-site technology demonstrations at the facilities where the new equipment or process will be deployed. It also creates educational materials, case studies, and other tools and resources to help achieve marketplace acceptance of new technologies. The Center publishes a well-known journal, Gas Technology, which highlights successful applications of new energy efficient gas technologies in the industrial sector, along with Energy Solutions for Commercial Buildings, which focuses on energy efficiency strategies for governmental, institutional, and commercial facilities. Additional information about the Center can be found at www.energysolutionscenter.org.