Sustainability has been included throughout room2 Chiswick to enhance and protect the environment we operate in. We have done the hard work with no compromises on quality or comfort, so you can stay with us proud to be supporting the shift to a greener future.
Taking care of our local communities now extends to our global ones, by tackling the world’s biggest threat, climate change. We have set a new industry standard, to be 100% net zero carbon from the construction, operation and eventual deconstruction of this building. Take a look at what we’re doing:
We have committed to only build and operate net zero hometels. That means all the carbon emissions from construction, operation and through to the end of the building’s end life are all equal to zero. We are the first hotel company in the world to set this standard, but hopefully not the last.
PAS 2060 is an internationally recognised specification for carbon neutrality. It sets out the requirements for quantifying, reducing and offsetting greenhouse gas emissions for organisations and products. This means we've meticulously measured and offset our carbon footprint for room2 Chiswick in accordance with the standard’s requirements, verified by BSI, for 2022. We will continue to reduce our emissions internally, in alignment with the Science-based Targets Initiative and offset residual emissions.
For our unavoidable emissions, we offset our footprint with our nature based reforesting partner in Nicaragua. room2 Chiswick is the first hometel in the world to offset both operational and embodied carbon to zero, taking into account the full picture of our presence. We believe in taking care of our global communities as much as our local ones.
Click here to view the video of our visit to Nicaragua.
Ultra low flow showers give the full impact of a power shower, but with around 40% less water.
To heat and cool our building we use heat pumps that go 200m below the hometel. The loops extract heat energy from the earth and draw it to the heating and water system. This also works in reverse, cool huh?
Solar panels on the roof power about 5% of the annual energy demand, which is enough to run the bar and lounge lighting and heating.
The building runs on electricity only, all the energy needed comes from renewable sources. We maximised renewable energy on site with solar panels and ground source heat pumps, we buy the rest comes from wind, solar and hydro offsite.
room2 Chiswick has two lab rooms, which learns over the long run how our guests use the rooms. It tracks everything from energy, appliances, lighting and heating, water and air quality, so we can get better and drive down energy further.
100% of our loose bespoke furniture is manufactured within 10 miles, using only natural, recycled, or reclaimed materials and FSC certified wood. 4,462 trees were planted to offset the carbon of all the furniture in the hometel.
The green roof promotes biodiversity, improves insulation for the building and provides a home for insects and bugs.
Under the 'Green' roof, is a 'Blue' roof. It catches and retains up to 50,000L of rainwater, slowly releasing it to the drainage system to reduce the chances of local flooding.
room2 Chiswick has a zero waste policy, where nothing will end up in landfill. All waste is recycled or turned into energy.
We didn’t like the look of bins in the market so we went about designing and manufacturing our own 3-in-1 recycling bins. They separate general waste, mixed recycling, and food waste in one easy place.
Our guests are accompanied by 75,000 bees living on the roof, supporting biodiversity in the area, and in the process making unique, local honey.
The lighting and heating systems only work when someone is in the room. So despite what your parents told you, you now no longer need to turn lights off when you leave the room.
We achieved Gold rating by Green Tourism (the highest rating available). Green Tourism is an internationally acknowledged certification and an indicator of good environmentally-friendly practice. The process targets 15 principles across People, Planet and Places, making sure that we include all parts of our business.
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