As consumers become more environmentally and socially aware about the choices they make so hoteliers are responding by creating eco-aware hotel interiors that they hope will attract a new generation of responsible guests
As well as meeting customer demand, the move to low-impact interiors reflects hoteliers’ desire to cut operating costs, create healthy and productive places to stay and work, and pass rigorous standards in order to achieve accreditation from one of the internationally recognised “green” building certification schemes, such as BREEAM (the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) or the US Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).
Professor Rebecca Hawkins, research and consultancy fellow at Oxford Brookes University and director of the Centre for Environmental Studies in the Hospitality Industry (CESHI), says it’s essential that hoteliers carry out a full lifecycle analysis when furnishing a property. It means establishing the cradle-to-grave impact of purchasing and installing fixtures, fittings and equipment (FF&E), from sourcing the raw materials (cradle) to their disposal (grave), whether it is new curtains or carpets, mirrors or vases, tables or chairs.
That includes considering any relevant socio-economic factors in the manufacture of the products, such as the use of child labour or poor working conditions. A hotel’s interior style should also blend with the local environment: “Hospitality facilities are often located in fragile environments and can be built with little or no consideration for the beauty and integrity of their surroundings, whether from the environmental or socio-cultural perspective,” says Hawkins. “The resulting effects can be highly visible and undermine the environmental quality of the destination.”
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