Environmental concerns and the popularity of eco-friendly practices in hospitality industry continue to increase. The environmental issues become more central and it’s becoming more important for hotel developers to include sustainable approaches, especially energy conservation in their design.
As more hotels work to incorporate sustainable principles into their design and guest services, more and more guests expect many of today’s eco-friendly innovations as standard features or amenities.
With those considerations, these are some common eco-friendly approaches to hotels design, especially in conserving energy use:
Use of Energy Management System
Whether in central operations such as boilers, or with lighting systems, kitchen equipment, and automated energy management systems, hotels all over the world are working to reduce energy use while sustaining and enhancing the guest experience.
Hotels are recounting the need for major appliances consuming power such as Air Conditioning. The use of innovative low voltage, alternative – energy star efficient HVAC in hotels are increasing. Hotel designers are taking shift towards energy conservation to greatly reduce operational cost and speed up return on investment.
Courtesy of Jade Mountain Resort – Source: www.nytimes.com
At the Jade Mountain resort in St. Lucia, open-air rooms eliminate the need for air-conditioning.
Jump to Renewable Energy
Everywhere in the world, hotels are taking bold steps towards clean energy approach. Small to huge scale hotel developers are using solar panels, wind turbines, even geothermal power as their main energy source. The jump towards alternative clean eco-friendly power sources is made possible because governments are changing policies on carbon fuel and also because the cost of clean energy can now compete with carbon fuel or even cheaper in the long run.
Grand Hyatt Jakarta installed 45 photovoltaic panels on its helipad area in order to produce a more sustainable energy at its properties in Central Jakarta.
The Hilton Fort Lauderdale Hotel and Beach Resort installed six 4kW wind turbines on its rooftop, which are expected to produce 10 percent of the hotel’s electricity. The turbines will power lighting in 372 guestrooms and public areas and are expected to return the $500,000 investment in less than 10 years. Photo by Lidija Grozdanic.
Ion Adventure Hotel, Reykjavik, Iceland has an ambitious green energy project, in collaboration with the local government, that allows electricity to be generated through the cooling of volcanic waters sourced beneath the geothermal parkland on it’s location.
Support Green Vehicles
Today governments all over the world are pushing the use of electric car by offering subsidies, discount for electric car purchase, adding recharging stations, and cutting subsidies on oil-based fuel. Electric cars are flooding the market like never before, and hotel developers are incorporating recharge electric car station as interesting feature towards better service to their eco-minded customers.
Recharging Station for electric cars at the Rainer Hotel, South Tyrol, photo by S. Ombellini
Many hotels, from the budget-friendly to the luxurious, are taking major steps to make their practices more sustainable. Conserving energy had proven to have positive impact in customer satisfaction, promote loyalty, elevate hotel branding, reducing building cost, ease permit and saving the environment. Customers have more eco-friendly energy- lifestyle choices now than ever before, and they are willing to pay more for hotels that are taking eco-friendly initiatives. Therefore they are demanding hotels designers to be smarter, more efficient, sophisticated in conserving resources, especially energy use.