Environmentally Sustainable Design

Environmentally Sustainable Design aims at reducing the effects of the creation and usage of residences on the natural setting, thus in addition to enhancing the inhabitants’ comfort Think Australia Hospitality Limited (TAHL) is committed towards operating ‘green’ hotel. Sustainable hotels are increasingly becoming famous destinations for visitors since it is providing a safe environment to them and the environment. The newly acquired complex of fifty rooms’ renovation will be done through an environmentally sustainable perspective, that is, all materials and structures to be fitted will be green materials.  Because the purchasing will be in bulk the prices of items are expected to be quite low.  The materials used to renovate the rooms will be locally purchased to avoid any Additional costs such as shipping and duties costs.

SUSTAINABLE ROOM DESIGN

The room design in the hotel will take advantage of the most recent energy cutback materials and systems. This will comprise of widespread thermographic imaging to guarantee that the building is sealed and locate thermal spots and also include the most modern ventilation system accessible. Each and every room is to be fitted with (Bohdanowicz, Kallhauge, & Martinac, 2001):

  • Keycard systems worth $200 to regulate lighting, heating along with air coolers when room is unoccupied
  • The room will be fitted with energy reduction lighting, dimmers along with motion detectors at a price of $150
  • High design glazing will be done at $300
  • Flow restrictors for $100 to  replace showers and taps
  • Master switches worth $500 will be fitted to control lighting
  • LED lighting worth $300 towards reduced energy consumption
  • Energy resourceful boiler at $5000
  • Ozone pools worth $2000 to enable usage of ozone water disinfecting the in place of chlorine.
  • Thermostatic valves at the price of $500 will be fitted instead of showers to save water along with the elimination of baths to be replaced with shower rooms.
  • Bathroom vanity made of recycled hardwood and glass worth $500
  • Shower rooms to be fully tiled with recycled glass tiles that are ideal for current bathrooms at $3000
  • Bathroom pipe-work thermal insulation will be upgraded at $1000

Waste management

  • Rather than disposing-off waste food from hotel rooms which is environmentally unfriendly a food waste composting machine will be purchased at the cost of $5000
  • Train employees regarding waste management at a cost $ 500.
  • Donating waste to waste recycling firms

Energy & Carbon

  • Each room in the hotel have a solar paneled at the roof to help illuminate the rooms and public areas at a cost of $3000 in addition to installation. This results to a significant lessening of carbon dioxide release. This, in sequence, results to electricity bill savings of approximately 25%, over and above the decrease of CO2 release into the environment  (Reinhart, Mardaljevic, & Rogers, 2006).
  • Enhancing walls to make them energy-efficient by installing heat insulating materials is capable of protecting the bright light and the ceilings will have big hanging lamps build from recyclable iron and glass fiber at a cost of $4000
  • Infrared presence detection sensors will be fitted so that the room lights could turn on once occupant is noticed and off once the occupant is no longer in the room. Additionally presence detection will assist in turning on or off the room fans/heaters once rooms are empty. This will be at a cost of $4000
  • Thermal windows will be fitted at a cost $200 each which reduces transmittance to less than 1.3 m2k
  • Linen and towels at a cost of $100 will be place in each room.
  • Mattress and beddings including pillows and duvets will be purchased from companies using recycling and recyclable materials at a cost of $2000
  • Partnership outside eco-friendly laundry businesses: with reduced environment effect utilizing 100% biodegradable clean-up products at a price $200
  • The room will additionally be fitted with an energy saving 40 inch LED television using an android system at a price of $1000
  • The iPod docking station along with a Blue ray player of both utilizing low energy will be fitted at a cost of $1000

Recycling

  • The hotel will encourage the reuse towels that is on guest’s request
  • Newspapers will be provided on request.
  • Mass procurement of chemicals & usage of dosage dispensers
  • The remainders of toiletries and soaps will be donated to charity
  • Wastes will be compacted in order to ensure reduced collections

Interior Design

  • Table mats, ironing boards  along with bread baskets inside the rooms will be made recycled products which are inturn recyclable at a cost of $1000
  • An environmental sustainable Minibar fridge at a cost $1000
  • A sustainable certified room wall paper at a cost $500
  • Spring mattresses made of recycled materials $1200
  • Carpets to be fitted  will be sourced from natural fibers and those without any chemical treatment at a cost of $1000 per room (Blevis, 2007)

After adopting all the green hotel requirements in accordance to the cost constraints the total expenditure per room amounts to $39750. The idea to go green will greatly attract many visitors since nowadays individuals have become highly appreciative towards such business which take care of their safety and the environment’s.

References

Blevis, E. (2007). Sustainable interaction design: invention & disposal, renewal & reuse. doi:10.1145/1240624.1240705

Bohdanowicz, P., Kallhauge, A., & Martinac, I. (2001). Energy-Efficiency and Conservation in Hotels – Towards Sustainable Tourism. Retrieved August 17, from http://www.greenthehotels.com/eng/BohdanowiczChurieKallhaugeMartinacHawaii2001.pdf

Reinhart, C. F., Mardaljevic, J., & Rogers, Z. (2006). Dynamic Daylight Performance Metrics for Sustainable Building Design.

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