Most hotels have rolling programmes involving redecoration, changing lighting and services or, more radically, refurbishing whole floors and upgrading major items of plant. Often systems are replaced on a like-for-like basis, but refurbishment presents an excellent opportunity to increase energy-efficiency as well as introduce other environmental improvements.
When choosing materials, products and equipment, environmental criteria should be given equal consideration alongside issues such as appearance and performance. The cost of choosing an energy efficient or environmentally preferable option is often marginal, while the benefits of doing so will accrue over many years.
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