Four hotels demonstrating outstanding sustainable design and operational practices have picked up Sustainable awards in the 2013 Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) Awards this month in Hong Kong.
Two awards for Sustainable Operations were awarded to the Balinese property, Bambu Indah, and Jetwing Lagoon in Negombo, Sri Lanka.
Bambu Indah was recognized by HICAP for operational inclusions such as a pool that uses a filtration system using lava rocks and a vegetation zone in preference to chlorine, a “zero waste to landfill” policy, whereby the property produces compost and animal feed, and a hospital-grade filtered drinking water system and naturally drained greywater system. The Bambu Indah menu also has a focus toward a ‘farm-to-table’ style cuisine.
Sri Lanka’s Geoffrey Bawa-designed Jetwing Lagoon also received the Sustainable Operations award. Innovative initiatives including a biomass boiler-powered air conditioning system that satisfies the needs for the entire property, biomass generated hot water, a solar installation that powers lighting for the guestrooms, a waste water treatment plant for re-use on the hotel grounds, and a 100 per cent use of low-energy LED lighting, all added to the property’s strong sustainable credentials.
Two awards for Sustainable Project Design were presented to Holiday Inn Express Hong Kong Soho and Parkroyal on Pickering with the Parkroyal also receiving the 2013 Reggie Shiu Development Of the Year award.
Holiday Inn Express Hong Kong Soho has achieved a total annualized energy savings of 58.5 per cent. Incorporating natural light usage and building orientation, the building has also managed a 47.5 per cent green ratio. Energy saving initiatives such as solar-heated water, automated motorized window blinds interlinked with guest room key cards, rainwater and air conditioning condensation recycling, intelligent lifts, and a patented headboard cooling concept contributed to earning the HICAP award.
Singapore’s Parkroyal on Pickering is distinguished by its “hotel-in-a-garden” concept, which covers the property with 15,000 sqm of vertical gardens and water features, equating to more than double the hotel’s land area. Cobiaz technology used in the property lowered the amount of concrete used on the project, creating enhanced thermal performance of the building envelope and overall energy efficiency. Over half of the guestroom corridors are not airconditioned, instead offering attractive shaded garden spaces with natural light and air. The inclusion of light, rain and motion sensors, rain harvesting and recycled water, create even more energy-savings within the hotel grounds.
The Sustainable Hotel Awards strive to recognize the sustainable achievements of hotel properties located within the Asia Pacific region.