The construction of a new hotel means we can incorporate environmentally friendly features. We can dramatically improve the efficiency of the building which would be difficult or impossible to retrofit into the existing building.
Among the green technologies, we’re exploring is a cutting-edge combined heat and power system (CHP).
CHPs generate electricity on site and the heat produced by this process as a ‘by-product’ is then used throughout the hotel to heat rooms and water. CHPs are up to 90% efficient, compared to an average gas power station which is around 50% efficient.
This means CHPs are much better for the environment than traditional sources, with considerably lower CO2 emissions.
Other energy-saving measures could include:
- Solar shading and treated glass to reduce internal heat
- Using natural ventilation where possible
- Heat recovery systems for ventilation
- Photo-voltaic panels to generate electricity
- Air-source heat pumps
- LED lighting
Climate change was not something the original builders of what was to become the Lighthouse had to take into consideration. But today, it is a key factor we need to be aware of and accommodate.
The Environment Agency, the government body which has responsibility for flood defence and improving resilience to climate change, says that the Lighthouse is classified as being in Flood Zone 3. Whilst benefiting from existing defences, this means that in producing our designs we have designed-in resilience which the old building did not have. For example, all guest bedrooms are above the ground floor to minimise risk whilst our surface water drainage system is designed to reduce overall flood risk – improving the situation for our neighbours too.
We’ve also undertaken an Ecological survey on the site to understand what impact our proposals might have on local wildlife. The survey found no evidence of breeding birds, neither was there any evidence of the buildings providing a roost for bats. The site is, of course, in an urban location away from areas suitable for bats to forage and ‘green corridors’ favoured by the animals.