Tags Posts tagged with "hotels"

hotels

The hotel sector is one of the most intensive as regards energy consumption. The vast majority of hotels were constructed during an era in which energy did not represent a significant cost and as a result their design did not place much importance on efficiency and sustainability criteria. The increase in the cost of energy (both electricity and fossil fuels such as gas and diesel) has resulted in the gradual introduction of solutions to improve the energy efficiency of hotel installations. One such solution currently available is hybrid solar panel technology that simultaneously generates heat and electricity and whose features perfectly adapt to the needs of hotel installations.

There are three steps to achieving reduced operating costs. The first step consists of reducing the energy demand of the building; the second comprises the self-generation of energy by integrating renewable energy sources; and the third step is to ensure that the energy demanded (which is not covered by renewables), is supplied by the most efficient installations possible. These three steps must be applied in the above order, given that the lower the demand, the fewer the number of installations to be undertaken.

This article describes the case of a 4-star, 400-room hotel in the Balearics that has integrated this innovative solar technology: hybrid solar panels. This technology simultaneously generates electricity and hot water from a single panel, producing more energy from the same available space. Greater energy savings translate into an increased economic saving, which is the key to the cost-effective solution offered by this technology, as this case study shows. Read more…

Article published in: FuturENERGY March 2018

In little under two years ITH, the Hotel Technological Institute has, with the support of the Secretary of State for Tourism, launched the ITH Sustainability Model. This model is geared towards hotel and tourist accommodation establishments and incorporates good practices and measures designed to improve their energy efficiency, helping them make greater economic savings while improving the level of sustainability of their businesses.

The ITH Sustainability Model is implemented via an online platform, called iSave Hotel, which hotels and tourist establishments access free of charge, and by means of which their managers can identify those saving measures that are most relevant to their own business. The tool includes a map of the funding available for efficiency measures, as well as a list of service providers and efficient products. Apart from being technologically open to tourist establishments, the iSave Hotel tool provides a free online advisory service on sustainability and energy efficiency, complemented by onsite technical advice. 52 hotel establishments, representing a total of 7,414 bedrooms, have already enjoyed the benefits of this service.

The more than 100 hotels that have registered for the online tool are distributed the length and breadth of Spain. They are on average 30 years old, with some buildings dating back to 1912 and categories ranging from 2- to 5-star. This wide spectrum of examples provides valuable information when determining considerations about the status of Spain’s hotel stock in terms of sustainability and energy efficiency. Read more…

Óscar Alonso
Dept of Sustainability and Energy Efficiency, Hotel Technological Institute (ITH)

Article published in: FuturENERGY March 2018

portada_sep_hoteles_spt.17

Special issue focusing on energy efficiency in hotels, published as a supplement to the September 2017 issue of FuturENERGY, for special distribution at the ITH events taking place as part of the IX Energy Efficiency and Sustainability in Hotels Seminars 2017 (Cádiz, Nerja, Benidorm and Tenerife), at the IV Energy Efficiency in Tourism Establishments Seminars 2017 (Huesca) and at Guest 2017 (Madrid, 28-29 November)

This special report includes the following::

SPECIAL CONTRIBUTION: ITH
The status of sustainability in Spain’s tourism sector

COVER STORY:
ACV, pioneering efficient DHW production

Maximum control and remote monitoring for VRF installations
Energy efficient solutions help the hotel sector grow
Remote energy management for hotels
Smarter and simpler, plug+play home automation

Read more…

The hotel sector is constantly evolving to comply with new demands and new challenges. Its buildings have to be able to express the innovation of an exclusive offer and provide increasingly customised services, with concepts that add value while respecting environmental legislation and managing costs.

Whether this concerns an international hotel chain, a small boutique hotel or a multipurpose holiday resort, every single building has to offer its guests a new service concept.

  • Thermal and visual comfort combined with safeguarding privacy, actively contribute to the well-being of the guest.
  • Different settings that allow guests enjoy the comfort they seek at all times.
  • Guaranteed prestige through added-value features.
  • Highly energy efficient buildings reduce the need for air conditioning and heating, which translates into less consumption in terms of energy and natural resources, improving the building’s energy rating as an added value.

The result is a rapid return on investment arising from energy savings and reduced maintenance costs. Read more…

Article published in: FuturENERGY June 2017

Sustainability is playing an increasingly central role in the tourism sector, arising from the growing concern of tourists and local residents over aspects including the environment, the impact of tourism on society and the local economy and employment. This concern is becoming clearer to see in businesses in the tourism sector, where the level of implementation of measures that guarantee the sustainability of their economic activity is rising.

Among the range of measures that businesses in the tourism sector can undertake as regards sustainability, is it easiest to start with those that have the most direct impact on the bottom line. As such, energy efficiency emerges as one of the areas in which more businesses are focusing their efforts, given that in addition to improving environmental sustainability, it enhances the company’s asset value.

 

The Instituto Tecnológico Hotelero (ITH) has been working throughout last year to develop an online platform (www. hotel.isave.es). Based on the ITH Sustainability Model, it works as a self-diagnostic tool allowing those hotels that so wish undertake an analysis of their current situation as regards sustainability and obtain a raft of possible measures to be implemented that will improve their situation. From the outset, this project has enjoyed the support of the Secretary of State for Tourism.
Read more…

Óscar Alonso
Dept. of Sustainability and Energy Efficiency, ITH

Article published in: FuturENERGY June 2017

Improving the energy efficiency of the hotels, implementing a series of proposed measures in order to guarantee the sustainability of hotel establishments, while simultaneously promoting sustainable economic, social and environmental development in the tourism sector. These are the objectives proposed by the Instituto Tecnológico Hotelero (ITH) with a view to developing the ITH Tourism Sustainability Model, supported by the Secretary of State for Tourism. In turn, the iSave Hotel platform is the tool by means of which the ITH and the company iEnergy help hotels implement the measures covered by the model.

Guaranteeing the economic, social and environmental sustainability of tourism is essential to achieve feasibility and competitiveness in this sector. Harmonising the tourist industry and protection of the environment undoubtedly has to be the primary goal of Sustainable Tourism. In this regard, directives concerning the sustainable development of tourism and sustainable management practices have to be applied to all forms of tourism and to every type of destination.

 

Beyond environmental impact and energy saving, sustainability has a social and corporate dimension that affects every sphere of business and acts as a differentiating element as regards society. The world is shifting to becoming more respectful of the environment, and this compels tourism administration businesses and public entities to take an interest in renewable energy, ecological products, care over waste disposal and reduced pollutant emissions.
Read more…

Oscar Alonso
Energy Efficiency and Sustainability ITH

Article published in: FuturENERGY January-February 2017

The hotel sector is constantly evolving to comply with new demands and new challenges. Its buildings have to be able to express the innovation of an exclusive offer and provide increasingly more customised services, proposing concepts with an added value that respect environmental legislation as well as managing costs.

Whether this concerns an international hotel chain, a small boutique hotel or a multipurpose holiday resort, every single one of these buildings offers its guests a new concept in terms of service.

 

• Thermal and visual comfort along with the protection of privacy, actively contribute to the wellbeing of the guest.
• Different environments that allow guests to enjoy the comfort they seek at all times.
• Guaranteed prestige through added-value features.
• Buildings with high energy efficiency reduce the need for air conditioning and heating, which translates into less consumption in terms of energy and natural resources, improving the energy certification as an added value for the building. The result is a rapid return on investment arising from energy saving and reduced maintenance costs. Read more…

Article published in: FuturENERGY September 2016

portada_sephot_sep16_300px

Special issue focusing on energy efficiency in hotels and efficient heating, published as a supplement to the September 2016 issue of FuturENERGY, for special distribution at the ITH events taking place as part of the VII Energy Efficiency and Sustainability in Hotels Seminars 2016 (Lanzarote, Zaragoza, A Coruña and Castellón) and at the III Energy Efficiency in Tourism Establishments Seminars 2016 (Santander and Almería).

 

This special report includes the following:

COVER STORY
Panasonic revolutionises its heating and dhw range with high efficiency solutions and in the Cloud control

Maximum energy efficient HVAC at the Casa Bonay hotel in Barcelona
Comfort and efficiency. Added value in hotels
Heat generation from outdoor stand-alone units at the vincci The Mint hotel
ITH promotes the collective purchase of natural gas for hotels
Maximum efficiency to produce heat for a school using thermodynamics technology
Improving the environmental certification of buildings via automation

Read more…

HVAC units are big consumers of energy in the majority of installations in a range of sectors. They can account for 60% of the electricity bill in tertiary sector buildings such as hotels, hospitals, shopping centres, industrial and office blocks. The way forward to finding solutions that achieve energy savings in this field is based on access to information. As a result, Indoorclima is developing the Climate management Big Data, offering vital information on the operation of chiller and rooftop units from manufacturers worldwide. Having knowledge of their actual operation in a wealth of situations (both those inherent to the units and those relating to the installation or location) is providing the keys to developing the necessary algorithms to be able to parameterise each installation in terms of optimal performance and thereby reduce energy consumption from 20% to 50% depending on the installation.

HVAC installations have a low level of energy management. One major issue is the lack of the control over large output units that are usually located in regions with difficult access, and the preventative maintenance itself that is very basic, generally reduced to the minimum regulatory requirement. As a reference, of the total sales of HVAC units in 2012, only 15% corresponded to regulation and control systems. And this, in sectors where HVAC units consume more than 3,000,000 kWh/year, representing disproportionate and unnecessary energy costs.

And this has provided the basis for the work of Indoorclima in its search for a solution whose main aim is to save energy in HVAC installations. Read more…

Silvia Escámez
María del Mar Romero
Óscar Marinello
Indoorclima

Article published in: FuturENERGY July-August 2016

Portada_Separta_Hoteles_FuturEnergy_Jun16

Special report focusing on energy efficiency in the hotel sector, published on the June 2016 edition of FuturENERGY.

This special report includes the following:

neZEH Project: nearly zero energy hotels
Maximum energy efficiency technology at the Hotel W Mexico City
Meliá Castilla. Top level refurbishment
Radisson Blu Madrid Prado. DHW generation with thermodynamic solar technology
TOC Hostel Madrid, conversion of dhw installations with high efficiency technology
Smart water management for the heated swimming pool at the Hotel Villa in Laguardia
Sector News

 

Read more…

COMEVAL