Within the next 20
years, our planet could reach the peak regarding oil consumption. What’s more
worrying is that the demand for oil continues to grow year upon year as the
global production of oil appears to decrease.
problem will impact the way that hotels are constructed in the future, and how
eco-friendly strategies can benefit hotels in terms of their cost-efficiency.
When constructing new
hotels, most of the machinery used, if not all are powered by fossil fuels and
crude oils. The reason for this, is that without them, the construction process
would not be able to function in its current form. This is however, having a
detrimental impact on greenhouse gas emissions. Within the UK, 50% of carbon emissions are accounted for by the construction industry
and machinery within the production process.
In the light of this,
the awareness off how pollution is starting to impact our planet, is finally
being realised and as result, attitudes are beginning to change. Within the
construction industry, Eco-friendly practices have been growing, and although
the US market have estimated revenues of $245 billion, UK firms could also take
advantage of these environmentally friendly practices.
Providers of container hire and waste management
solutions, Reconomy explain further on how eco-friendly practices can be
implemented within the construction of hotels and other buildings, and once
they’re built, can help tackle climate change.
When constructing a
new hotel, the UK government are instructing construction firms to use green
processes by passing legislation. Post-construction, firms are also encouraged
to incorporate green technologies within the build to benefit the environment
once construction is complete.
Building an eco-friendly hotel
There are three core principles that need to be taken in account during the
construction of a hotel so that’s ecologically beneficial to and within the
to be established, is whether energy is being wasted during construction.
During the production process machines can more than often be overused. This
leads to energy that is wasted that can never be used again. So that a motor
isn’t overworked, electric vehicles or machines with hybrid-engines should be
used so that when a motor is overworked – electric engines can help power and
support the overall load.
building of the hotel is complete, what energy is being generated within it,
and is it being wasted?
assess whether materials for the construction of the hotel have been locally
sourced – if they haven’t, a decision has to be made on whether they can be
recycled in the future.
For the roofing of the
hotel, recycled paper can be utilised instead of new insulation that’s often
expensive. By using cheap and practical alternatives – insulation that is
produced for individual roofs will be more cost effective when using
pre-existing materials. By using timbers that are sourced from sustainably managed
forests within the local areas, this avoids when to chop down trees that will
not be replanted.
Ecological hotel structures and their design
Based on making the most out of the hotel structure, these eco-friendly
techniques can help to save costs, and energy within the hotel design.
Drainage systems and water filtration. When biological waste is treated safely, water
can be re-used within a hotel. Rainwater can also be utilised and collected
into specific drains that recycle it, so it can be re-used instead of water
from a tap and also used in outdoor spaces such as gardens and courtyard spaces
Low-energy lighting. Low energy lighting can last twice as long as
regular lightbulbs, which accounts for an energy saving of 100%
Solar energy panels. Solar energy is fast in becoming a cheaper
alternative as opposed to other forms of commercial power. When using them
within a hotel’s power supply, this can account for a significant saving in
energy costs. A hotel also covers a large surface area, which means that many
solar panels can be used, maximising the amount of electricity that can be
generated in this energy efficient way.
Benefitting from environmentally friendly construction
The day-to-day running of a hotel can account for 80% of hotel’s overall cost,
which can be expensive. Reducing the total running costs of a hotel by one
third, introducing green initiatives can help reduce these costs to 53.3% of
When it comes to the hotel’s
architectural design, daylight should always be considered. This is because
daylight helps to save on artificial lighting costs. Furthermore, it is
considered by many that the ‘indoor environment quality’ of a hotel can be
improved when natural light is abundant – this is because it creates the
illusion of more space within a more natural feeling environment, benefitting
the health of occupants that are present within the building.
Once the construction
part of hotel begins, long-lasting materials that can be recycle should always
be utilised. This means that fewer new materials will be used during
construction, helping to reduce the overall cost of the build whilst less
energy is consumed in order to produce the new structure.
To tackle climate
change, construction firms will have to use these materials and techniques
within their construction processes. By producing hotels that are greener, more
environmentally efficient and conceptualised with the long-term future of the
planet in mind, this will ensure that buildings are constructed in a
sustainable way for generations to come.
Construction sites need to be created and maintained with
much security. One failure can result in severe problems or even perhaps
irreversible damage. For people working around the construction sites, every
day can be a new myriad of possibilities that’s a mix of rewarding and
frustrating feelings. Every little progress in construction is a big success.
One of the areas of construction sites that need a big focus
of attention has to do with the plumbing. Especially for residential
neighborhoods, this can be one of the most overlooked areas. But, remember that
plumbing problems can have adverse effects both as to the efficiency and
financial capacity of the construction site that you’re creating.
That said, here are some of the best plumbing tips for you to
remember, as to construction sites:
All thanks to technology, there are now many upgrades, even
in plumbing systems that you can use to your advantage. This includes leak
detectors. As you install the whole plumbing system around the building or
house, it’s worth considering attaching a leak detector.
Sinks, pipes, and the entire plumbing system will eventually
weaken in time. One of the telltale signs of problems is in leaking. However,
sometimes, leaking may be neglected or manifest only when the problem has
already escalated. In the worst instances, you may have to replace the entire
plumbing system with a new one. This is more cumbersome than only having to go
through a repair.
To avoid more significant and sometimes irreversible
damages, a leak detector will tell you when there are first signs of minor
leaking. This enables you to address the plumbing problem before it gets too
Heating And Water Systems In The Basement
One of the best places for you to install the heating and
water furnace is in the basement. Plan this outright even before you start with
the construction itself. If the building is made to have no basement, remember
to install these systems on the main floor. Leave a small room dedicated to
this. In smaller houses, even a utility closet will do.
This system is usually attached to the basement or ground
floor, for the following reasons:
To promote even distribution of heat
and water across all rooms of the house
To avoid damage or flooding in the
rest of the house, should a problem arise
Ease of repair, when all plumbing
systems are in one room, or adjacent to each other. This includes the sump
pump, water heaters, water softener, sewer connection, and furnace.
Proper Installations Of Plumbing Systems
You’ve heard of that all-too-familiar statement that
prevention is better than cure. There’s much truth to this statement, indeed,
and it applies universally. Not just to medicine, but even in the construction
industry. The key to preventing serious problems with the plumbing systems lies
in the proactive measure of correctly installing the entire plumbing system.
When it comes time for your team to install the plumbing
system, don’t rush this step. Be sure that no steps are skipped, and each is
gone through carefully. Two of the most common causes of plumbing issues
include improper installation and lose pipes. These problems are avoidable,
with proper installation.
Consult With A Professional Plumber
Should a problem arise, it’s better that you consult with Winchester plumbers. Yes, you may want to save some
costs by doing a DIY plumbing job, but this can cause even more severe problems
in the future. Though it’ll cost you more initially, the benefits in the long
run still outweigh the costs. It will save you hundreds to thousands of dollars
in costly repairs in the future.
5. Use The
Right Plumbing Tools And Equipment
For some of the minor
plumbing problems, anyone in your construction team may be able to do the
work successfully themselves. But, you must also be using the right plumbing
tools and equipment. Using the right tools and equipment can prevent mistakes
and even accidents.
Examples of the right plumbing tools include:
Occasional plumbing problems may still be considered as
normal. But, when it gets too frequent, that’s when you know that you’re
dealing with a severe problem. As plumbing systems run quite deep, it’s
essential that even as you’re still in the process of building, you’ve already
placed much focus and attention on plumbing. That way, early on, possibly more
significant problems are avoided. Keep these tips in mind to avoid falling into
the loopholes of plumbing.
Eindhoven – Bricsys®
and BIMcollab are delighted to announce the integration of the BIMcollab BIM
Collaboration Format (BCF) Application Programming Interface (API) into
BricsCAD® BIM V20. A new BCF panel in the BricsCAD BIM product lets users
connect to the BIMcollab platform through this open API. The connected panel
allows users to see, open and manage BIM model issues directly inside of the
BricsCAD BIM product environment, while working directly with the BIM model.
The open BCF API has been recently released by BIMcollab. It is based on
BuildingSMART open standards, to better facilitate effective communications
across a variety of BIM tools and workflows. Bricsys is proud to deliver one of
the first application software products that uses this open BCF API to connect
with the BIMcollab platform.
Using the panel, the BricsCAD BIM user can select an issue and have the
relevant model elements automatically selected / highlighted. This workflow
enables efficient communications of design issues, without the added hassle of
sending emails and attachments back and forth via traditional channels. Also,
users can add comments to model issues stored on the BIMcollab server and can
change the status of issue notifications.
is an issue management system for BIM in the cloud and bridges the gap between
BIM applications by offering a broad set of add-ons for all popular BIM tools.
Part of its powerful ecosystem is BIMcollab ZOOM, a free model viewer to find
information flaws, communicate issues and verify solutions. Connecting
BIM-teams via the BIMcollab cloud means dramatically reducing time spend on
communication about issues and helping to improve model quality: less
construction errors, lower costs.
About Bricsys NV
BricsCAD®, software for people who build things. For the last two decades, our
singular focus has been making cost-effective, unique Computer Aided Design
(CAD), Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Common Data Environment (CDE)
products. Now a part of the global technology giant Hexagon AB, we are
reinforcing our commitment to take your design workflows to the next level. Our
goal: to help our customers achieve more, in less time, for less money.
Leading energy and services
specialist, ENGIE, is playing a key role in developing the new £475 million
Midland Metropolitan Hospital in Smethwick in the West Midlands.
Work will now re-commence
following two years of delays due to the collapse of Carillion, with the
project now set to be completed by Balfour Beatty.
Sandwell and West
Birmingham NHS Trust, which will run Midland Met, said that securing the
services of ENGIE, which aims to embrace a lower carbon and more efficient way
of working, was a big step towards opening the hospital.
Mark Harris, divisional
managing director for ENGIE UK & Ireland, said: “We are very pleased to be
working alongside the trust to bring their new flagship site online over the
next two years, before becoming a strategic partner at the hospital.
“ENGIE has long-term
experience in successfully providing facilities management services to a wide
range of healthcare establishments across the UK, including primary care
facilities and major acute hospitals. We look forward to working closely with
the trust and serving the local community.” Trust chairman Richard Samuda said:
“This is a key long-term relationship for us, with a shared commitment to local
procurement, local employment and the living wage.”
Trust chief executive Toby Lewis
said: “ENGIE is a major energy provider with a focus on sustainability. We know
that our future will move towards a zero carbon position and we want to be at
the forefront of that movement.
facility management services in over 30 hospitals across the NHS and we look
forward to working successfully together.”
Leading energy and
services specialist, ENGIE, has launched a high profile new carbon-reduction
energy centre in Newcastle
A high profile new district
energy centre is being officially launched by ENGIE UK, in partnership with
Newcastle City Council.
The official launch event,
which took place on Wednesday, January 15, saw the district energy centre –
which forms part of a wider £20m low carbon scheme within the City – further
boosting Newcastle’s commitment to tackling climate change by saving more than
30,000 tonnes of carbon over 40 years.
The facility on the
flagship Newcastle Helix site, will use a 5km network of underground pipes to
supply heating and cooling to 10 buildings and up to 450 homes on site.
Using heat and power
created through the use of low carbon and cost-effective energy solutions,
including natural gas fired CHP (Combined Heat and Power), the centre also generates
chilled water and cooling facilities and electricity to neighbouring buildings.
It’s hoped the new centre
will be the first of many innovative energy projects resulting from the
Regenerate Newcastle Partnership; a joint venture between ENGIE and Newcastle
City Council, to develop and operate district energy schemes within the City
over a 40-year term.
Nicola Lovett, Chief
Executive of ENGIE UK and Ireland, said: “We are delighted to be marking the
completion of the new Helix Energy Centre, the first of what we hope will be
many innovative low carbon energy projects delivered by our long-term
partnership with Newcastle City Council.
“With local authorities
playing an increasingly key role in the drive to reduce the UK’s carbon
emissions, ENGIE is committed to using its expertise to support Newcastle with
its climate goals and on its journey to becoming a zero carbon city by
The centre has been made
possible with funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and
the Government’s Local Growth Deal through the North East Local Enterprise
Leader of Newcastle City
Council, Cllr Nick Forbes, said: “Climate change is the biggest threat to our
planet so it’s incumbent on all of us to do what we can to reduce our carbon
“Last year we declared a
climate change emergency and since then have set up a Climate Change Convention
and are putting in place a range of measures to make the city carbon zero by
“The opening of the
District Energy Centre is a significant boost to our climate change credentials
and will provide affordable and sustainable heating to residents and
cutting-edge businesses which are bringing high quality jobs to the city,”
added Cllr Forbes, who also chairs the council’s Climate Change Committee.
Helix District Energy
Centre is the first innovative scheme in a venture to develop District Energy
in the Newcastle city boundaries as part of the Regenerate Newcastle
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