HOTEL CASABLANCA – Old San Juan
Earns EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Certification for Superior Energy Efficiency
December 5, 2016 Hotel Casablanca in Old San Juan, owned/managed by SOFO Hotels LLC, has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR certification, which signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.
"SOFO Hotels is pleased to be the first Hotel in Puerto Rico to accept EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts,” said Rafael Oller, owner and manager. "Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs.” For more information please contact us at (787) 725-3436
Commercial buildings that earn EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. SOFO Hotels improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to its building located at 316 Calle de la Fortaleza in Old San Juan.
“Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s buildings is critical to protecting our environment, “ said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch. “From the boiler room to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their buildings more efficient and earning EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification.”
To earn the ENERGY STAR, Hotel Casablanca took the following actions:
- --New Hi Energy Efficiency Air Conditioners
- --Installed LED Light Bulbs in Main Areas
- --Changed to High Efficiency CFL Light Bulbs in Bedrooms
- --Invested in New High Efficiency Inline Water Heaters
- --Insulated All Room Doors and Windows
EPA’s ENERGY STAR energy performance scale helps organizations assess how efficiently their buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide. A building that scores a 75 or higher on EPA’s 1-100 scale may be eligible for ENERGY STAR certification. Commercial buildings that can earn the ENERGY STAR include offices, bank branches, data centers, financial centers, retail stores, courthouses, hospitals, hotels, K-12 schools, medical offices, supermarkets, dormitories, houses of worship, and warehouses.
ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 65 different kinds of products, 1.4 million new homes, and 20,000 commercial buildings and industrial plants that meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the EPA. Over the past twenty years, American families and businesses have saved more than $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with help from ENERGY STAR.
For more information about ENERGY STAR Certification for Commercial Buildings: www.energystar.gov/labeledbuildings
For more information about Hotel CasaBlanca please visit:
www.hotelcasablancapr.com or Call (787) 725-3436 x.2
*To calculate greenhouse gas emissions, please visit http://www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-resources/calculator.html