Achieving a BREEAM rating of Excellent, the hotel makes use of a number of renewable technologies;
• Bedroom wings orientated to face north and south to allow easier control of sunlight and solar glare, and encourage natural light.
• High performance building envelope with U Values targets not exceeding 0.15 W/m²K for external walls and 0.1 W/m²K for floors and roofs.
• Air Handling Units (AHUs) using a high efficacy thermal wheel to recuperate heat .
• Lighting provided from energy efficient lamp sources with absence detection and other efficiency measures.
• Heating and cooling predominantly a mix of ground source heat pumps, with high efficiency variable refrigerant volume systems.
• Combined Heat and Power (CHP) units used as the lead heat source for the remaining low temperature hot water heating and domestic hot water generation, also providing electrical power for the building.
• 60 sq m of photovoltaic panels
• 1,600 sq m of biodiverse green roofs
• A building energy management system monitors the differing energy usages, controlling central plant and interfacing with the campus-wide system.
The hotel was constructed between July 2011 and November 2012. To see a time-lapse video of the build, click here