Green Sleep

Published by Electrical Construction & Maintenance: Energy-efficient building design could be marking an important progress milestone with the recent opening of a potentially groundbreaking property. The Hotel Marcel New Haven, in New Haven, Conn., was set to welcome its first guests the week of May 15, two years after work began to transform an existing building into a showcase for sustainability in an industry that has been slow to join the green building movement. The new hotel, in a 52-year-old building listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its origins in modernist design, counts on-site solar energy sources; battery energy storage; electric vehicle (EV) charging; and low-voltage Power-over-Ethernet (PoE)  lighting among features that will contribute to making it function as an all-electric, energy-sipping, net-zero-energy (NZE) structure. As with all NZE buildings it will take about a year for certification body New Buildings Institute to analyze building energy usage to confirm zero-carbon-emission status.

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