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19/01/2022 Comments (0) Environment, Other, Real Estate

London welcomes the world’s first zero-carbon hotel

It is supposed to be 89% more sustainable than a standard hotel. In West London, Room2Chiswick opened at the end of December 2021, and it is a hotel that aims to be zero-carbon throughout its life.

All the energy needed to power Room2Chiswick comes from renewable green energy. Not only have resources been maximised on site, with solar panels and geothermal heat pumps, but the rest is purchased through clean sources: wind, solar and hydroelectric power.

Lighting, heating and cooling systems are managed according to the hotel’s occupancy level. Better still: two “laboratory facilities” provide data on energy, water consumption and air quality, and will study and learn about customer behaviour to “save even more energy“.

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Same exterior and interior durability

A “green” roof promotes local biodiversity. And, under this green roof is a “blue” roof, which can store 50,000 liters of rainwater by gently releasing it, thus reducing the risk of flooding in the event of heavy rain. 

This is quite unusual in the hotel sector: Room2Chiswick operates entirely without waste (everything is recycled or converted back into energy) with custom-made recycling bins placed in the rooms. In each of them, the furniture was made from FSC-certified wood and assembled within a radius of 15km around the site, while the “low flow” showers consume 40% less water than traditional ones. Finally, for the inevitable CO₂ emissions, because there are always some, the hotel will compensate by investing in a reforestation project in Nicaragua (4,478 trees have already been planted). 

The building is certified BREEAM Excellent.

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