UTSA engineers tapped to improve Marriott’s energy efficiency
UTSA Today, February 5, 2015
Marriott International, an industry leader in energy conservation efforts, is partnering with The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) to help it reach its current environmental goal of reducing energy and water consumption (on an intensity basis) by 20 percent throughout its approximately 1,200 managed properties by 2020.
Over the last few decades the lodging industry has become increasingly focused on reducing its energy use and environmental impact. Hotels rely on energy to maintain their operations, and investing in new and innovative energy management tools is allowing many hotel companies to make significant reductions in energy and water use, operating costs and utility bills.
Through the new partnership, UTSA will help Marriott improve its hotels’ ability to collect and analyze utility data in real-time and in turn make immediate energy-saving adjustments on-site.
UTSA assistant professor of mechanical engineering Bing Dong has developed a proprietary tool and software to capture, model and analyze real-time occupant behavior and energy consumption data. The tool helps users quickly identify ways to increase energy efficiencies.