The New Look of Green for Hotels

Summary: I am embarking on a personal campaign to make the new wall mounted VRV air conditioning units for guestrooms the new “look of green” for hotels.

Studies show that green conscious buyers of electric cars want their cars to look green as well as be green.

So why not apply that same marketing strategy to hotel guestroom air conditioning units?

What is the chance that the VRV wall mounted unit below could become the desirable “look of green” of the modern hotel guestroom? If that could be accomplished, hotel developers would have an economic solution to costly, high-end HVAC systems. These VRV systems are low cost, energy efficient, and exhibit “five star” comfort and quiet to guests.

So I challenge hotel designers to make this look the “look of green” in hotel design.


As seen in the photo above, use of these systems is not completely original for hotels.  However, I am not aware of any major brand prototypes that include this as an option.  Concealed VRV units are being installed, but the construction cost savings are not being fully realized.  The challenge is to incorporate the exposed unit into designs that look good.

Please contact me if you wish to discuss ideas for incorporating this concept into your hotel projects.

Check out this website for more information on VRV systems:
Mitsubishi City-Multi

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2 Responses to “The New Look of Green for Hotels”

  1. Paul Chelminiak Says:


    LG has a very slick AC unit called Art Cool Inverter and/or Art Cool Picture. I’ve seen it installed in a small boutique hotel in Laguna Beach and it’s pretty hot. Check it out on the LG website or google LG air conditioning and find it there.


  2. Raul Torres Says:

    Thanks for the link Paul, interesting product by LG. We are working on a high end residential project in Central America and the VRV wall units are the standard, but the look is just no acceptable.
    We are trying to come up with some ideas on how to hide them, perhaps behind some louvers, cabinet, or something, but of course, mildew on wood is an issue…
    Thanks for the post


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