NIANTIC, CONN.—INNCOM International Inc. announced that its automated guestroom systems played a
lead role in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification of
the Yountville, Calif.-based Bardessono Hotel, Restaurant and Spa.
LEED Platinum, the highest designation of its kind by the U.S. Green Building Council, recognizes
sustainable and environmentally friendly building designs, including hotels. LEED promotes a
whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in six key areas of human
and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency,
materials selection, indoor environmental quality, and innovation in design. The 62-room
Bardessono, a luxury boutique hotel distinguished by lavish spa amenities, is just the third
hotel in the world to receive the Platinum certification.
John Tavares, vice president sales and marketing, said INNCOM brought energy management and
integrated guestroom automation to the design mix of Bardessono.
“We’ve underscored the potential of green technology in the hotel industry: to provide a
superior guest experience using energy that is managed appropriately and not wastefully,”
Tavares said. “It’s a great honor for INNCOM to be associated with setting the pace and taking
a leadership position in what these systems can do. LEED Platinum is a prestigious award for a
property, and the end result has more than one benefit. It isn’t just energy management. It isn
’t just a luxurious stay. It is the combination of both of them.”
Destined for LEED Certification
Designed by Irvine, Calif.-based architects WATG, developed by Phil Sherburne and operated by
Kirkland, Wash.-based MTM Luxury Lodging, Bardessono was destined for LEED certification at its
blueprints. Its design, construction and operation follow LEED’s Green Building Rating System
guidelines. It uses solar and geothermal energy, sustainable building materials, organic
landscape-management practices and energy management systems.
“INNCOM provides three vital parts of energy management in the guestroom,” said Chuck Marratt,
vice president of information technology for MTM Luxury Lodging. “It controls the lights in the
room, the thermostat in the room, and introduces automated “solar shades”—highly technical
Venetian-like blinds placed on the exterior of guestroom windows to keep heat in or out when
unoccupied or empty. All cogs operate in an automated environment in the guestroom.”
Marratt described a walk-through of the INNCOM technology in use at Bardessono, noting the
property has a unique design. Each guestroom has an entrance space that leads to two large areas:
the living area and the bathroom. The bathroom area is notably larger than normal as it includes
luxury spa amenities.
“INNCOM’s automated guestroom system features a magnetic strip at the guestroom door, which
signals entrance and exit activity,” Marratt said. “In the entrance corridor is the thermostat,
which senses motion and, therefore, signals when a guest is in the room. There also are motion
detectors in the living and bath areas.
“The system is fully aware of when a guest is in the room,” he added. “When occupied, the
system sets the lights and thermostat to predetermined levels. Also at this juncture, the solar
shades outside the windows automatically are lifted, almost invisible to the guest.”
PMS Interface Included
INNCOM’s guestroom automation system interfaces with the hotel’s property-management system.
That means guest-history information plays a factor in the desired room settings. “The system
knows if a guest desires a room at 72 degrees,” Marratt said. “And upon check-in and entrance
to the room, it sets the temperature at exactly 72 degrees. And the same goes for lighting
An occupied but empty room is detected when the door’s magnetic strip detects door activity, but
no motion in the room—meaning the guest has left the room. If so, then the lights are turned
off, the temperature is set to conservation levels, and the solar shades are dropped to enhance
energy management. It’s what Marratt called the room’s “cocoon state.”
Finally, the system recognizes check-in and check-out status. If a room is unoccupied (or
“checked out”) and the motion sensors detect entrance and movement (from housekeeping staff,
for example), then the room remains in energy management stasis, Marratt said. “The system
provides for manual overrides of lighting and temperature settings during occupancy, meaning the
guest has the final say on all lighting and thermostat settings when inside the room,” he added.
Bardessono was the first application of INNCOM’s solar shades, which were a prototype as the
hotel was designed. The company didn’t roll them out until Bardessono opened in February 2009.
One year later, the hotel earned its LEED Platinum certification.