The new Hilton hotel in St. Augustine, Fla., has been fitted with a proprietary environmental HVAC system from PowerCold and plastic heat exchangers from DuPont Caltrel.
According to PowerCold, the new system controls moisture and provides fresh air throughout the hotel, including the guest rooms and public areas. The company is expecting that the operation will produce utility costs 50 percent below systems installed in similar hotels.
The hotel is a "hollow-square" design consisting of 19 separate buildings set around an inner courtyard and connected by an interior corridor. The facility features wooden balconies, cedar shake and tile roofs with different elevations and color schemes.
"The Hilton's unique Spanish Colonial design embodies the history of St. Augustine and its status as America's oldest city," said Kanti Patel, the hotel's owner. "PowerCold's central HVAC system met the city's stringent design construction requirements, and was specifically chosen because it eliminates the noisy, cumbersome, through-the-wall units that detract from the look, charm and feel of the Hilton's architectural design."
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Energy Conservation Assistance Program will conduct a site survey and energy audit of the hotel. The program will continually monitor the facility to record energy usage and determine cost savings. PowerCold is working with Florida officials to conduct energy audits for the hospitality industry and assist owners and developers seeking certification in Florida's "Green Lodging" program. The program recognizes lodging facilities that meet environmental guidelines to conserve resources and prevent pollution.