Creating an Eco-Friendly Hotel Design: 7 Elements to Include

by | Apr 19, 2023

As we become increasingly aware of how we affect the planet, the demand for eco-friendly hotel design has skyrocketed. Guests are increasingly looking for environmentally conscious options when selecting hotels. For hotel interior designers, designing an eco-friendly hotel is not just a way to meet this demand but also an opportunity to reduce your carbon footprint. In this blog, we’ll discuss seven key considerations for designing a sustainable hotel that is both stylish and environmentally friendly.

a hotel lobby with wood and plant elements demonstrating an eco-friendly hotel design

Eco-Friendly Hotel Design Elements

While there are many factors to consider when designing a more eco-friendly hotel, let’s consider seven.

Energy Efficiency

The first step in designing an eco-friendly hotel is to focus on energy efficiency. This can be achieved through a variety of methods, such as incorporating natural lighting into the design, using energy-efficient lighting fixtures, and utilizing renewable energy sources such as solar or wind power. Designers can also choose to use energy-efficient appliances and HVAC systems to further reduce energy consumption.

Sustainable Materials

Incorporating sustainable materials into the hotel design is another important consideration for sustainability. Materials such as bamboo, reclaimed wood, and recycled glass are all environmentally friendly options that can be used in flooring, furniture, and decor. Using sustainable materials not only reduces the carbon footprint of the hotel but can also add a unique and stylish touch to the design.

Water Conservation

Water conservation is a crucial aspect of sustainability in hotel design. Hotels can incorporate water-efficient fixtures such as low-flow showerheads and toilets, and can also implement rainwater harvesting and greywater reuse systems. Additionally, designers can incorporate drought-resistant landscaping and native plants to reduce the amount of water needed for irrigation.

Waste Reduction

Reducing waste is another important consideration for sustainability in hotel design. Hoteliers can incorporate recycling and composting programs. They can also choose to use durable, long-lasting materials that do not need to be replaced as frequently. One way that hotels have contributed to less waste is by replacing single-use toiletries in the bathrooms with large-format bathroom amenities.

Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air quality is an often-overlooked aspect of sustainability in hotel design, but it is crucial for the health and well-being of guests and staff. Designers can incorporate materials and finishes that are low in VOCs (volatile organic compounds) to improve indoor air quality. Additionally, designers can choose to incorporate natural ventilation systems and air-purifying plants throughout the hotel.

Local Sourcing

Sourcing materials locally is an important consideration for sustainability in hotel design. Using local materials not only reduces the carbon footprint of the hotel but also supports the local economy. Designers can incorporate locally sourced materials such as stone, wood, and textiles into the design.

Education and Engagement

Finally, education and engagement are crucial components of sustainability in hotel design. Hotels can educate guests and staff about sustainability practices through signage, educational materials, and interactive experiences. Additionally, hotels can engage guests in sustainability efforts by offering eco-friendly amenities and activities, such as bike rentals and nature walks.

Balancing Sustainability and Luxury

Incorporating sustainability into luxury hotels does not necessarily mean sacrificing comfort. Rather, it is about finding a balance between luxury and sustainability. Hoteliers can achieve this by using natural lighting and ventilation, which not only reduce energy consumption but also create a relaxing and inviting atmosphere for guests.

Additionally, hotels can use sustainable materials such as organic cotton linens and towels. These reduce the carbon footprint of the hotel and add a touch of luxury and comfort to the guest experience. By finding this balance, hoteliers can create eco-friendly and luxurious hotels that appeal to guests who are looking for both sustainability and luxury.

Eco-Friendly Hotel Designs and Lesley Wong Interiors

At Lesley Wong Interiors, we are passionate about creating spaces that check off all of your guests’ boxes – including caring for the environment. To learn more, contact us today to talk about your next hotel project.

LESLEY WONG, Principal Designer

Lesley is committed to continuously keeping up with ever-changing trends and technology. But as every decorator knows, there’s no greater opportunity for learning than on-the-job experience. Lesley has worked in hospitality, commercial and residential projects and enjoys crafting customized and beautiful environments for her clients.

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