The construction of a new hotel means we can dramatically improve the efficiency of the building. We can incorporate environmentally friendly features which would be difficult or impossible to retro-fit into the existing hotel.
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
• High performance building fabric
• Heat recovery systems for ventilation
• Photo-voltaic panels to generate electricity
• Air-source heat pumps
• High efficiency LED lighting
Climate change was not something the original builders of what was to become the Corbyn Head Hotel had to take into consideration. But today, it is a key factor that we need to be aware of and accommodate.
The Environment Agency is the government body which has responsibility for improving resilience to climate change and flood defence. It has classified the site of the Corbyn Head as being in Flood Zone One, which is the zone with the lowest probability of flooding.
We have also undertaken comprehensive ecological surveys of the site to understand what impact our proposals might have on local wildlife. They show that there are no bats roosting in the building, nor is there any evidence of breeding birds. But because the old building has the potential to provide homes for birds and bats, we’ll incorporate bird boxes and bat tubes in the new build.