Hol­low on the Square built its green wing to high­est pos­si­ble stan­dards

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY -

HOL­LOW on the Square in Ryk Tul­bagh Square, Cape Town, opened its new en­ergy-wise wing in De­cem­ber.

The green cre­den­tials at the ho­tel’s new 30 room ex­ten­sion set a prece­dent for South Africa’s ho­tel in­dus­try, with ev­ery pos­si­ble green de­tail to save en­ergy hav­ing been thought out metic­u­lously dur­ing ren­o­va­tions of the 50-year-old build­ing, says Mark Ble­loch, co-owner and project man­ager of Hol­low on the Square’s green wing.

“The words ‘ green’ and ‘ ecofriendly’ are of­ten used as emo­tive mar­ket­ing tools, and have many adap­ta­tions to their ac­tual mean­ing.

“We were de­ter­mined to en­force the ‘real deal’ at the Hol­low on the Square green wing and, al­though we faced many chal­lenges build­ing in the city, we man­aged to reach our tar­get of a 50 per­cent en­ergy sav­ing,” says Ble­loch.

“In­verter air con­di­tion­ers and in­tel­li­gent sys­tems en­sur­ing en­ergy is used only when rooms are oc­cu­pied are just two of the en­ergy sav­ing tools in­cor­po­rated.

“When guests leave their room, the six-star en­vi­ron­men­tally rated air con­di­tion­ing sys­tem senses their de­par­ture and au­to­mat­i­cally switches to econ­omy mode. Twelve so­lar pan­els trans­fer heat 11 storeys down to gey­sers and lights switch off due to the in­stal­la­tion of in­tel­li­gent pro­grammed key guards.

“Other en­ergy-sav­ing tools used in­clude low-en­ergy lighting, and dou­ble glaz­ing that boosts in­su­la­tion and re­duces noise. Cork tile floor­ing and hand-crafted bam­boo fur­ni­ture com­ple­ment the over­all green phi­los­o­phy.”

Ble­loch says the Aus­tralian Green Build­ing Coun­cil model was used as a guide­line for the ex­ten­sion un­til the SA Green Build­ing Coun­cil star rat­ing, which is be­ing re­vised to en­com­pass ho­tels, is avail­able. The model works on a sys­tem of points rated for var­i­ous green ex­e­cu­tions.

“The re­vamped wing uses half the amount of elec­tric­ity used in other ho­tel rooms. We hope this re­mark­able achieve­ment will help us earn the high­est green rat­ing pos­si­ble for a city ho­tel ren­o­va­tion.

“The rat­ings will as­sure our guests that they re­ally are back­ing ‘green’ at its best when stay­ing with us.”

The 30 stylish rooms opened in De­cem­ber and form part of a build­ing next door to the orig­i­nal Hol­low on the Square.

LOW ON EN­ERGY: A bed­room in the new en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly wing at Hol­low on the Square. The new wing boasts new tech­nolo­gies that save elec­tric­ity in an in­tel­li­gent way.

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