Crowne Plaza Melbourne Installs mySmart enGauge Sustainability Indicator for Improved Energy Efficiency
Crowne Plaza Melbourne Installs mySmart enGauge Sustainability Indicator for Improved
Melbourne 13 April, 2010 – Crowne Plaza Melbourne has installed mySmart’s enGauge screen to provide its employees and customers with visibility into real-time and historical energy-usage data from across the hotel.
Crowne Plaza Melbourne has been selected as one of the first businesses to trial enGauge, a ‘sustainability indicator’ which allows the hotel to visually share its sustainability strategy. enGauge, provided by mySmart, a supplier of energy and resource-efficient solutions for building environments, is the latest tool used in the implementation of the hotel’s wider sustainability strategy, the focus of which is driving down energy use.
Via animated slides, the portable enGauge screen displays real-time statistical data on a building’s use of energy, gas, water; its generation of waste; and its carbon emissions. In addition, it displays historical use and targets, as well as practical tips on ways to reduce usage. The information is provided is a simple format and segmented by various areas within the hotel, so it can be used by both guests and hotel staff to assess where they need to improve.
Robin Power, Area Chief Engineer, Crowne Plaza Melbourne, said: “We have already had a great deal of positive feedback from our guests regarding our enGauge screen. As we live in an era when caring for the environment is important to most people, customers are pleased to see hard evidence that Crowne Plaza Melbourne and our own staff are very serious about reducing the impact that a building and business such as ours can have on our surroundings. Our employees also find it rewarding to see the results of all their sustainability efforts.”
Hotel management mandated that enGauge be installed prior to the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, to enable the public display of energy reduction achievements. Crowne Plaza Melbourne has made a public commitment to sustainability, and was recently recognised internationally with ‘Green Globe Bronze’, a world-wide benchmarking and certification programme which facilitates sustainable management and operations. It was also awarded the Victorian state award for ‘Environmental Best Practice Hotel of the Year’ by the Australian Hotel Association.
Crowne Plaza Melbourne also uses in-room energy management solutions and digital thermostats provided by mySmart, which enable automatic control of utilities including air conditioning when guests are away from their rooms. As part of the hotel’s wider energy-saving initiatives, these solutions have contributed to a saving of $50,000 in annual utility costs.
Scott Warren, Managing Director, mySmart, said the enGauge display was a catalyst for behavioural change. “The display options are such that the hotel has the ability to provide further information for various areas and functionality within the hotel. This can create a healthy competition between different groups within an organisation, as they strive to reduce energy consumption and make a positive impact on their work environment. Employees are then more likely to maintain positive changes outside their workplace, which all helps – lots of small changes make the world of difference,” Warren said.
“Crowne Plaza Melbourne is making great headway in the areas of power and waste reduction and many of our sister hotels are watching and learning from us,” Power said. “Having enGauge in our hotel is already creating interest not only from our guests; we are even getting subtle enquiries from other hotels and businesses, keen to find out our secrets.”
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mySmart Pty Ltd is an Australian company that prides itself on making a major difference for its customers, their employees and the environment. The company helps create the most energy and resource-efficient environments possible. Using the latest technology, highly-trained consultants and technicians mySmart is able to optimise buildings and outdoor environments so that they use less energy and resources while simultaneously driving down ongoing operational costs. As a result businesses win and so do their employees and the environment.
Established in Sydney in 2001, mySmart remains wholly Australian owned and with offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Perth, now employs over 46 staff across the country. The company operates across a range of markets, including hospitality, education, health services, retail, residential, defence and industrial.
mySmart was winner of the Green Globe Award 2009 for sustainability achievements in the development and delivery of energy initiatives in New South Wales.