Green hospitality showcase
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[Johannesburg, 25 July 2013]
From the end of August, travellers arriving at Cape Town International Airport will be able to check into South Africa's newest energy-efficient hotel, aptly named after the Italian word for 'green'.
Situated close to the airport, Hotel Verde was runner-up in the Energy Efficiency and Carbon Management category of the Mail & Guardian Greening the Future Awards in early July. The judging panel praised the project for setting new benchmarks that could be scaled up in the tourism and hospitality industry.
The hotel, which opens on 27 August, incorporates some of the most advanced environmentally friendly technologies, operating processes and products to reduce energy consumption and emissions.
From wind turbines, to CO2 monitoring, water management and passive measures, to reduce heat-load and energy losses, the hotel is pursuing green certification through a stringent programme called Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, spearheaded by the United States Green Building Council.
Elevators are run on a regenerative drive, allowing around 30% of the energy input to be recaptured and fed back into the building, said the hotel's sustainability consultant, Andre Harms.
'Double-glazed windows with spectrally selective glass minimise heat entering the hotel, reducing the need for air conditioning. And instead of standard air-conditioning systems, we're using ground-source heat pumps in geothermal boreholes.'
Three wind turbines are installed at the reception entrance. 'We also mounted solar panels on the north facade of the building, not only to generate electricity, but to create shading for the windows that get the most sun,' Harms said.
As well as multiple passive measures to reduce heat-load and losses, the hotel uses energy-efficient technology such as occupancy sensors, keycard readers, micro-switches and intelligent building management systems monitoring.
The Eskom eta Awards, which partnered with Greening the Future this year, celebrate excellence and innovation in energy efficiency. Entries for the eta Awards close on 2 August, and projects that showcase energy efficiency are urged to enter before that date.
The eta Awards were established in 1985 with the aim of generating awareness about the critical need for saving energy and encouraging people to take action towards being energy efficient, both in their personal and professional capacities.
Eta is the Greek letter for efficiency, hence the name of the awards. They recognise and reward the proven application of sound energy efficiency principles across a broad spectrum of sectors, including commercial, industrial, residential and the youth.
Winners and finalists will be feted at a gala event on 5 December 2013. All the awards comprise a cash prize of R30 000 for the winner in each category, and R5 000 for each of the runners-up, subject to the judges' discretion. - Fiona Rom
Enter online at ww.eta-awards.co.za or contact Annamarie Murray.