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Building our Industry – Eco-Sensitive Architecture

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Features of green buildings include the consideration of the environment during every stage of the construction process; planning a green building focuses on the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of the building. Green buildings not only offer widespread benefits to various stakeholders and society, they also provide better air quality, natural light, and view and noise control, which makes them ideal for living and working.

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Since not all structures can be replaced with newer green buildings, retrofitting existing buildings to improve sustainability and energy performance should be considered. To improve the sustainability of a building there are numerous steps to consider, such as renewable energy suppliers and sources, e.g. solar panels or wind turbines. Other initiatives could be to develop a more efficient waste and water management plan, or install other features like eco-friendly insulation.

More details on greening buildings and other sustainability tips can be found here.

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), with its LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standard, offers a leading benchmarking service to certify the resource efficiency of buildings.

USGBC also provides some useful facts on green buildings and ways to save.


How do you source your water?

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In order to solve some of today’s most pressing concerns sometimes the answers are simple.

Look to what was done in ancient times as well as to local communities today, which still hold a strong connection to the natural environment.

The diminishing fresh water supply is undoubtedly one of the biggest issues facing the globe today, particularly in the wake of climate change. The tourism industry is a big user of water, often far surpassing the water use of locals nearby.

Although the initial setup costs for rainwater harvesting are medium to high, the on-going costs of maintenance are minimal and it is one of the most sustainable, quality sources of water, albeit dependent on rainfall levels.

There is also a strong business case for collecting rainwater. Kuoni recently published a Water Management Manual for Hotels in Thailand where, through their Water Champion Programme, they found that “harvesting rainwater from the roofs of the hotel allowed 2,000 cubic meters yearly saving, equivalent to 200,000 THB (6,297 USD) per year.”

The benefits are out there and tourism operators such as Loola Adventure Resort in Indonesia are already reaping the rewards. So why not take the first step by analysing the feasibility of a rainwater collection system for your business and if attainable, take action!

Have you thought about harvesting rainwater for your business, or are you already doing so? If yes – the team at PATA would love to hear from you. We showcase sustainability champions and their stories to inspire others as well as support you in your sustainability endeavors. Please submit your case studies here.


Light up your life with energy and cost efficient lighting!

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Utilising cost efficient lighting is especially easy to do in the summer months when the sun is shining bright. You can begin by removing light bulbs in areas that are over lit, or simply turn off the light when you leave the room. Why? It not only saves the use of electricity, it also saves you money – did you know that electric lighting burns up to 25% of the average home energy budget? One way to decrease electricity usage is by switching to LED lighting. Not only does this save you money, it also benefits the environment. Try implementing these ideas in your home, office, and while on vacation.

Here are some more tips for efficient lighting!


Teen to government: Change your typeface, save millions

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An e. You can write it with one fluid swoop of a pen or one tap of the keyboard. The most commonly used letter in the English dictionary. Simple, right? Now imagine it printed out millions of times on thousands of forms and documents. Then think of how much ink would be needed. OK, so that may have been a first for you, but it came naturally to 14-year-old Suvir Mirchandani when he was trying to think of ways to cut waste and save money at his Pittsburgh-area middle school. By Madeleine Stix. Read more.

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Improving lighting efficiency can be one of the most simple and cost effective strategies for tourism operations to reduce energy consumption.  This Fact Sheet provides useful information on different types of lighting and tips on how to balance functionality, cost and environmental considerations.

by ATEC, EC3 Global