HICAP SUSTAINABLE AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Hong Kong – Burba Hotel Network (BHN), Horwath HTL, and Stiles Capital Events, co-hosts and organizers of the annual Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP), are pleased to announce the winners for the HICAP 2013 Sustainable Hotel Awards. The 24th annual HICAP will be held 16-18 October 2013, at the InterContinental Hong Kong.
In the category of Sustainable Project Design, the winners are:
Holiday Inn Express Hong Kong Soho, Hong Kong – By coordinating an integrated sustainable building design process amongst the entire project planning team, a total annualized energy savings of 58.5% has been realized, representing a four-year payback relative to the assessed incremental development costs. Design considerations and features include the building orientation, natural light usage, a 47.5% green ratio and adoption of a variety of green construction technologies (i.e. design stage testing/modeling, prefabrication, low VOC building materials). Energy-saving M&E systems include solar-heated water, water-cooled variable speed chiller, automated motorized window blinds interlinked with guest room key cards, rainwater and A/C condensation recycling, intelligent lifts and fan coil units and a patented headboard cooling concept. An on-line energy management and analysis system enables remote access for monitoring, managing and improving building efficiency.
Parkroyal on Pickering, Singapore – The hotel is distinguished by its innovative and sustainable “hotel-in-a-garden” concept while embodying modern comforts and authentic local connections. With 15,000 sqm of high-rise and vertical gardens and water features, the hotel’s greenery constitutes over twice its land area, a scale unprecedented in an urban setting. Solar panels power all of the sky gardens’ lamps and softscape lighting. A pioneering use of Cobiaz technology lowers concrete usage and carbon emissions to enhance the thermal performance of the building envelope, lighting power density and overall energy efficiency. Other energy-saving features include the use of light, rain and motion sensors, rain harvesting and recycled water. 51% of guestroom corridors are non-air conditioned acting as attractive garden spaces shaded by tropical trees with natural light and fresh air.
In the category of Sustainable Operations, the winners are:
Bambu Indah, Bali, Indonesia – Founded by John and Cynthia Hardy, the sustainability philosophy of this unique resort retreat was developed from its origin. Re-assembled 100-year old Javanese homes form its eleven-room inventory, while all other buildings, along with connecting walkways and stairs, are constructed from sustainable bamboo. All water is sourced from on-site wells and a hospital-grade water filtration system provides clean water for guests, employees and the neighboring village. Grey water is channeled into the gardens via a natural drainage system. Instead of chemicals, the swimming pool relies on an eco-system of lava stones and a vegetation regeneration zone to cleanse, filter and oxygenate the water and nurture beneficial bacteria. A “Zero Waste to Landfill” policy incorporates strong practices on avoiding waste production, on- site composting and recycling of inorganic materials.
Jetwing Lagoon, Negombo, Sri Lanka – This original Geoffrey Bawa-designed resort was acquired by Jetwing Hotels in 2011 and thoughtfully restored in line with Bawa’s original plan. A Green Directory measures environmental performance across ten specified key performance areas including energy, water and waste. Monthly reports and an annual independent audit regularly assess the hotel’s environmental performance. The importance placed on remaining sustainable through energy efficiency and education is heightened with a wide range of innovative initiatives including a central chilling system powered by a biomass boiler for running the entire air conditioning requirements of the hotel, 100% illumination through energy-saving LED lighting, room lighting powered by solar panels, hot water generated through biomass boilers and all waste water treated via an on-site treatment plant and re-used within the hotel gardens.
The Sustainable Hotel Awards were launched at HICAP in 2007 to recognize hotels in the Asia Pacific region demonstrating exemplary sustainable best practices. The institution of the Awards hopes to inspire industry wide commitment to embracing and proliferating sustainable development and operations as standard practice in contribution to the preservation of our global and local environments and cultures.
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