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Designing Eco-Hotels, Environmental considerations 

Environmental considerations for an eco-hotel requiring integrated solutions and engineering input.

Design Element

Consideration

Engineering Actions

Building siting

Solar loads Minimize building load.
Maximize solar-collector potential.
Shading

Maximize summer shading.
Avoid reflected radiation.

Wind effects Minimize wind velocity against building
Access to natural energy sources Site near geothermal, water, wind, and utility resources.

Building envelope

Thermal performance Computer model for peak efficiency and performance.
Fenestration Model for optimum performance and life-cycle selection.
Minimize infiltration Control all air into and out of the building.

Building-interior

Acoustical environment Use quiet equipment. environment
Avoid high on/off differential-noise levels.
Visual environment Avoid eye strain and discomfort.
Thermal-comfort environment Allow individual temperature control to the maximum extent.
Control humidity, air quality, and air movement.

Recyclable materials

Use components with much recycled content Seek out products that use recycled materials.
Use components that are recyclable Find suppliers of products recyclable components
Avoid materials that deplete natural resources Favor products made with renewable resources.

Global environmental consideration

Global warming and ozone depletion Use zero-ozone-depletion refrigerants.
Use zero-global-warming-potential materials.
Renewable energy Favor renewable energy sources sources (wind, solar, hydro, and tidal power).
Transport impact Use local products to reduce transport-energy impact.

Building operations

Environmental awareness Train all staff to be aware of the environment and what impacts it
Education Train all staff in the proper operation of equipment and the environmentally friendly maintenance of it.
Monitoring Continually monitor the installation for conformance to design intent.

 

 
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