Launch of world’s first fully net zero carbon hotel

Press Release
13 October 2021

London room2, a hometel brand, has announced that it will open the first ever whole-life net zero carbon hotel in Chiswick (West London) in December. Room2 Chiswick is expected to be 89% less energy-efficient than the average UK hotel per square meter. It was built using pioneering technologies that achieve net zero during both design and construction and throughout its entire life. This first in the hotel industry includes both operational and embodied emissions.

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The product reflects increasing investor and consumer interest in environmentalalism and sustainable development with a special focus on reducing climate change's greatest contributor, carbon emissions, and greenhouse gases. The ultra-low energy standard does not affect the guest experience. The buildings' interior design is inspired by the arts & crafts movement in Chiswick.

After two years of planning, the creation of the first world-class whole life net carbon hotel was completed. Robert Godwin, Lamington Group's Managing Director, stated that the hotel is 89% more efficient than the average UK hotel and sets a new standard in sustainable hotel development.

The building's energy consumption will be converted to hot water, heating, and cooling by using on-site renewables. The building's intelligent building and reporting system is a proprietary innovation that aims to increase performance by combining incremental gains. Two lab rooms collect data on energy, water, and air quality. They also study and learn from guest behaviours. University partnerships have been allowed to use the building to experiment with new technologies and to develop interventions to reduce carbon and energy. As a pioneering example of the built environment, the Net Zero Building Framework for Future Hotels will be developed using the learnings.

Others initiatives include:

100% renewable energy for an electric-only building without any fossil fuels

On-site renewables convert all the heat and energy from ground source heat pump and solar to produce hot water, heating and cooling.

Occupancy-enabled lighting, heating, and cooling systems

Blue roofs can hold 50,000 litres rainwater, which helps to reduce flooding in the local area.

Green roof for local biodiversity

Zero waste to landfill policy. Custom made bins in-room for recycling food waste, general waste and recycling.

Low heat technology is used to purify water. It reduces the temperature required for it to be heated by up 30 degrees

Recycled li-ion battery cells M-BRIC technology being used to integrate energy demand response and storage

All unavoidable carbon emissions can be offset by verified, nature-based carbon reduction offsets

A BREEAM excellent rating

Robert Godwin said: To truly address climate change and reduce our impact, it is necessary to consider the entire footprint or life span of a building. Operationally, net zero does not account for the vast majority of carbon emissions that occur during the building's life. We are proud to be the first hotel company to establish a standard of living for all its buildings. We also hope to collaborate with investment and development partners who share our vision.

Room2 carefully selects suppliers that meet its sustainability criteria. Local artists and designers contributed to the fitting and loose furniture throughout the guest experience. FSC-certified timber was used for all bespoke furniture. It was manufactured within 10 miles from the property. 4,478 trees were planted to offset carbon emissions.

Lamington Group's 2030 Net Zero Carbon Roadmap was published last month. It is the first UK hotel company to publish such a document. It outlines its commitment to develop and only operate net zero carbon buildings for their entire lives going forward. The document also includes the actions needed to achieve the 1.5oC target set by the Science Based Target Initiative.

Room2 Chiswick was developed in accordance with Lamington Groups newly launched Net Zero Building Specification. This strict framework aligns to the principles of the London Energy Transformation Initiative and the UK Green Building Council net-zero carbon buildings framework.

Lamington Group's sustainability path continues with the delivery of the hotel. It is the latest milestone in their long-standing sustainability program. This recognition recognizes the important role the real estate industry has to play in reducing climate change.

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