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GREEN ACCREDITATION

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sustainability A sustainability rating brings a hotel operational cost savings and differentiates it from competitors. And, addressing environmental issues might not be as costly as you’d think. Tom Harvey of BRE explains

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he first purpose-built luxury hotel in London for 40 years, the Bulgari in Knightsbridge, boasts not only an impressive range of luxury facilities and an outstanding location, but also superb environmental credentials. The Bulgari was assessed under BREEAM, a scheme used around the world to rate and certify the sustainability of buildings. The Bulgari achieved the coveted Excellent rating in recognition of its sustainable design and environmental performance in areas such as sustainable management practices, energy and water use, impact on local ecology and minimising pollution. Geothermal ground-source heat pumps built into the fabric of the building provide substantial carbon savings, while the green roof incorporates boxes for bats and birds, including peregrine falcons. Among a multitude of other features, electric car charging points support environmentally friendly forms of transport, and 20 bikes are available for guests to explore London.

Costs can be paid back within two to five years through utility savings

Being green saves money

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Green luxury at the Bulgari, London

In the past there has been the perception that buildings focusing on sustainability are necessarily more costly to construct, extend or renovate than those that simply comply with building regulations. But

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