The tourism sector in India is growing with respect to ingress of foreigners form all around the world. To keep up with such intense strength of tourists, the required infrastructure such as hotels and BNBs should be readily available. Additionally if a layer of sustainability is added to this infrastructure, it would prove to be highly beneficial financially and environmentally. Indian hotels have realised the value of energy efficiency, and are now counted amongst the leaders in environmental stewardship and best practices globally.
Energy efficiency ensures that hotels can keep this cost low and at the same time reduce their environmental impact. “People are getting conscious of their ecological footprint when they travel. Many individuals and corporates factor-in the green quotient of the hotel in their decision-making. Energy efficiency is a major component of achieving a green building certification.” Says Tanmay Tathagat, Director of Environmental Design Solutions (EDS),
According to Tanmay, most of the space typology in hotels are service or circulation related so it is of the utmost importance that the energy efficiency related measures should extend to those spaces as well. This would in-turn enhance the overall energy performance of the built mass. Hotels can also produce renewable energy on site through solar, wind, or biomass to reduce their carbon footprint and energy cost.
Big industry players like ITC, Novotel, Sheraton, Taj group, etc., have entered into green building certification venues such as LEED, IGBC NB, EDGE, ARC etc and achieved tremendous energy saving benefits with platinum and Gold level certification.
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