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Chapter 8 Equipping Better Buildings

DOI: 10.23912/9781911396376-3866

ISBN: 9781911396376

Published: January 2018

Component type: chapter

Published in: Sustainable Value Creation in Hospitality

Parent DOI: 10.23912/9781911396376-3447



When discussing hotels, it is very difficult to do so without conjuring an image of a beautiful tower in a city centre or perhaps a majestic chateau in the countryside. Regardless of the initial image, chances are that the first thought was of a building of some kind. These types of buildings have existed for as long as the profession of hospitality has existed and have often demonstrated little regard for energy efficiency or the larger economic, environmental or social impacts of the built environment.
Sustainable building attempts to break with these practices by reducing negative impact and, when possible, restore the balance between the social, environmental and economic dimension of sustainability. By understanding the main challenges in this topic, one can begin to address them by considering the past and present in order to build for the future. Early efforts to bring change to the building sector in the 1960s through the 1980s generally focused on single issues such as energy efficiency and conservation of natural resources, but a movement to formalize led to the rise of committees and institutes in the late 1980s to the mid 2000s. This included the American Institute of Architects (AIA) forming the Committee of Environment in 1989 and the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) forming in 1993 and them piloting their Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) programme in 1998. Today green building features can include high-tech, modern practices such as geothermal heating as well as simple and often time-tested practices like attention to building orientation and design. In this chapter, challenges and solutions of sustainable accreditation of buildings, selection of the best materials and equipment and financing options will be explored alongside some best-case practices of the same.


  • Thulani Xhali, NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences (Author)
  • Philipp Kanthack (Author)

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Xhali, T. & Kanthack, P. (2018) "Chapter 8 Equipping Better Buildings" In: Cavagnaro, E. (ed) . Oxford: Goodfellow Publishers http://dx.doi.org/10.23912/9781911396376-3866


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