Lantronix Helps Power New Net-Zero Energy Hotel

The Challenge:

Support Creation of a Net-Zero Energy Hotel

The hotel owner had an ambitious goal of creating a model for environmental sustainability by building a net-zero energy hotel that would operate entirely on the energy it creates.

Challenges included:

• Accommodating a very tight timeline
• Identifying and implementing the most efficient energy technologies
• Retrofitting a 50-year-old historic building

The Solution:

Lantronix Smart Managed Gigabit Ethernet PoE++ Switch

The hotel’s team turned to Lantronix, a leader in delivering high-end Power over Ethernet solutions for smart buildings; and Sinclair Digital Services, experts in delivering sustainable, safer power sources that enable efficiency, cut costs and provide a positive experience for building occupants.

To provide power to support the hotel’s renewable on-site energy generation solution, the hotel’s team chose Lantronix’s Smart Managed Gigabit Power over Ethernet++ (PoE++) switch. The only UL-certified switch with true 24×90-watt power and direct high-voltage DC power, Lantronix’s PoE++ switch supports the latest PoE standard, ensuring the highest possible integration with the other smart building solutions. The Lantronix team worked with its partner to customize the PoE++ functionality to ensure that it would meet the hotel’s unique power needs.

“To create the net-zero energy Hotel Marcel, we used alternative resources such as the Lantronix PoE++ switch to power the entire hotel, including the lighting and even our window shades.”

– Bruce Redman Becker, FAIA, LEED AP of Becker + Becker and owner of the Hotel Marcel

The Benefit:

Hotel Generates 100% of Its Own Power

Supported by Lantronix’s customized PoE++ switch and a smooth and integrated installation by Sinclair Digital Services, the hotel generates 100
percent of its own electricity and energy to power, automate and control all of its electrical systems, including lighting, automatic window shades, heating and hot water as well as the guest room refrigerators.

The country’s first net-zero energy hotel, Hotel Marcel is also one of the first Passive House-certified hotels and one of fewer than a dozen LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum-certified hotels in the country.

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About Hotel Marcel Built in 1970 and located in New Haven, CT, the 165-room Hotel Marcel was designed by Bauhaus designer and architect Marcel Breuer, after whom the hotel is named. Originally built as the headquarters of the Armstrong Rubber Company, it subsequently became the Pirelli (tire) Building. Unoccupied since the late 1990s, in 2021, it was converted into the Hotel Marcel. Designated a historical building, it is now part of the Tapestry Collection by Hilton, a group of unique, historical boutique hotels. 

About Sinclair Digital Service, Inc. Sinclair Digital Services, Inc. is an authorized Lantronix Value Added Reseller (VAR) based in Fort Worth, Texas. Its services include design, consulting, installation and support of traditional and advanced low voltage solutions for a variety of industries including hospitality and historic buildings. It is located in Fort Worth, TX.

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