Radisson RED opens sustainable design hotel in Oslo

NORWAY: Radisson Hotel Group has opened a sustainably certified hotel in the heart of Norway’s capital.

NORWAY: Radisson Hotel Group has opened a sustainably certified hotel in the heart of Norway’s capital.

The hotel has been certified by BREEAM and has been given an Excellent rating.

BREEAM, one of the world’s leading science-based systems to determine the sustainability of buildings considers a building’s low impact design and carbon emissions, forward-thinking design features for climate change, and ecological value and biodiversity protection. 

The rating was given for several reasons including the hotel’s A class energy rating, meaning its energy level will not exceed 140 Kwh/sqm, and it uses rainfall catchers to water its rooftop garden. 

Tom Flanagan Karttunen, area senior vice president, Northern & Western Europe at Radisson Hotel Group said: “This is the perfect location for our second Radisson RED property in Norway, following the opening of Radisson RED Oslo Airport earlier this year. Radisson RED’s creative approach works in harmony with Økern Portal’s green spaces and sustainable initiatives, and offers the best city views from its rooftop bar and outdoor terrace.”

The Radisson RED Oslo Økern is just 15 minutes from Oslo’s Central train station in a sustainably focussed business neighbourhood, Økern Portal, which includes Norway’s largest rooftop garden.

The Økern Portal community has its own energy wells that produce 90 per cent  of the heating for the entire development.

The 204 room hotel has playful artistic design and is inspired by fashion, music and art. There are also 13 meetings rooms with the largest able to host 120 people.

It’s the second Radisson RED hotel in the country after the opening of Radisson RED Airport earlier this year.

A Glossary for Sustainable Hotels

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This is a growing tree of acronyms and information and we will be adding to it frequently.

Alternative Energy or AE: Any energy that does not harm the environment or use up the Earth’s natural resources.

Blackwater: Contaminated waste water from toilets, sinks and kitchens.

​​BMS systems: A BMS monitors, controls and reports on smart building technology systems to control HVAC (heating ventilation and air con) and lighting systems and efficient water systems.

BREEAM certification: Globally accepted as a certification process for a sustainably designed building. BREEAM is a certification system for a sustainable built environment. It’s a bit like LEED. They just have different processes to get to their criteria.

Carbon Footprint: Emissions of greenhouse gases from an individual or business. Measured in tons. Most businesses are aiming to be carbon neutral.

Carbon Neutral: This is when a business achieves net-zero carbon emissions, which means it can offset or balance its carbon footprint or buy carbon credits to make up the difference.

Carbon Offset: When you buy credits to offset or balance the carbon you are producing.

Corporate Social Responsibility: Where companies and businesses take on social and environmental concerns when planning their operations. 

Eco Hotel: A hotel which, with its operations and practices, is deemed not harmful to the environment.

Embodied Carbon: Carbon emissions which happen during the building, development or renovation of a building.

ESG: Environmental Social Governance – this phrase is all around us at the moment and is interchangeable with CSR. It means a company has to be socially and environmentally responsible in its strategies and can be held to account by its own self governance.

Gigawatt: a gigawatt is a unit of measurement of electrical power and is often talked about when discussing Solar energy. It takes three million solar panels to create 1 gigawatt of power (and that energy can be stored and then dispersed). A gigawatt is the equivalent to 10 million 100 watt light bulbs or 100 million LED lightbulbs.

Green Building: Any building – hotel, school, house – that creates a positive impact on the environment with its design and construction and subsequent operations. There is no global standard but there is the World Green Building Council, which supports its members to help them create green buildings suited to the environment they are in.

Greenwashing: A term used when companies suggest they are greener than they are to sell its products. 

Green Key: Another award for environmental standards  – this one is a “voluntary eco-label awarded to more than 3,600 hotels and other establishments in 60 countries.” The other establishments include campsites, hostels, restaurants and conference centres. Operated by the Foundation of Environmental Education.

Green Globe: Established nearly 30 years ago this is another certification for sustainable hotel and tourism operation practices. If hotels adhere to the strict criteria they get the Green Globe International Standard for sustainable tourism.

ISO14001: an environmental management system standard. ISO 14001 Environmental Management provides guidance on how manage all aspects of a business from building to operations to product development and more. The idea is to be more sustainable and improve environmental performance for regulatory compliance and the ability to meet supplier requirements.

Embodied Carbon: This is the carbon a building will emit when going through development, reconstruction or demolition, to make way for a new eco-friendly building. All this carbon emission has to be considered when ‘making’ a sustainable hotel.

EMS: Environmental Management System.

EU Ecolabel: As its website says “the official European Union voluntary label for environmental excellence. Established in 1992 and recognised across Europe and worldwide, the EU Ecolabel certifies products with a guaranteed, independently-verified low environmental impact.”

LEED certification: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is a globally recognized green building rating system. It’s a bit like BREEAM. It provides a framework for being environmentally friendly, to produce lower carbon emissions and be healthier for people who use it and in the community. It’s a complex process but these are some of the points which have to be checked and certified. Sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality. You can get up to 110 points on your LEED certificate depending on what levels of sustainability you achieve. There are four levels:

  1. 40-49 points LEED Certified.
  2. 50-59 points Silver Certification
  3. 60-70 points Gold Certification
  4. 80+ points Platinum Certification

Net Zero Water: When a building or community only used the water that falls on its location.

SATE External Thermal Insulation System: When buildings are thermally and acoustically insulated from the outside making them more environmentally friendly through saving energy and preserving temperatures on the inside.

Sustainability: Achieving an ecological balance in the natural environment as resources are used. Basically keeping at a level which is sustainable for the environment. Or according to the United Nations: meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. 

Zero Waste: When there is no waste – waste might be composted or reused or repurposed but nothing is chucked in landfill.

1 Hotels to open sustainable Nashville property this month

US: 1 Hotels, the luxury eco-conscious hotel group is opening its Nashville poverty this month hot on the heels of its San Francisco site.

US: 1 Hotels, the luxury eco-conscious hotel group is opening its Nashville poverty this month hot on the heels of its San Francisco site.

The Nashville property is built on a brownfield site and will feature a living wall cladding the facade with 56,000 plants.

1 Hotels takes sustainability seriously with each US location certified carbon neutral and 100 per cent LEED Certified (the most recognized sustainable building rating system in the world). 

To achieve these levels the design process is key and 1 Hotels has repurposed more than 50 per cent of construction waste materials to create the hotel.

Other essentials are intelligent BMS systems (A BMS monitors, controls and reports on smart building technology systems) to control HVAC (heating ventilation and air con) and lighting systems and efficient water systems.

The group also has a partnership with Audi which offers guests use of their electric e-trons to explore the area.

The Nashville property opens this month.

1 Hotels is a US based group but its portfolio ranges across America and North America as well as four hotels in Europe and two in Asia Pacific.

Turkey welcomed its first carbon neutral hotel this month.

The Stay Hotels becomes first in Turkey to gain carbon neutral status

TURKEY: The Stay Hotels in Istanbul has become the first hotel group in Turkey to be awarded carbon neutral status.

The Bosphorus – image from The Stay Hotels
TURKEY: The Stay Hotels in Istanbul has become the first hotel group in Turkey to be awarded carbon neutral status.

The luxury hotel group, which has opened its fifth hotel, was certified as carbon neutral in March this year.

The carbon neutral designation was awarded by the French Bureau Veritas, which audited the hotel's operations and then evaluated it inline with the ISO 14064-1 international standard for greenhouse gas verification.

The group's website explains what they had to do to gain the award.

- We measured total carbon emissions over the consumption plan of all of our hotels, headquarters and other venues and vehicles. 

- We invested in and supported projects approved by international certification systems including Gold Standard and IREC. 

- We underwent an audit Bureau Veritas, an internationally recognised institution, in order to verify our compliance. 

We will continue to contribute to the world and its future as we implement these stages every year, by offsetting emissions and continuing to invest at home and across the world.

The hotel has to meet the same standards year on year in order to keep the certificate. Other sustainable touches include the pool tiled with glass bottles, the recycled sun loungers, and vegan leather headboards for the property.

Ali Ispahani, managing partner at The Stay Hotels said: “From the very beginning, sustainability was at the heart of our hospitality and we moved forward with this in mind in every aspect of our business.”

The company also invests in green-energy projects and makes sure it works with sustainable suppliers as well as using recycled materials where possible. 
The aim for The Stay is to become a zero-waste operation across all five of its properties by the end of this year.

Turkey as a destination is also hoping to attract those who want to 'stay sustainable' and in 2021 the tourism authority became a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). This includes encouraging cycling instead of using cars as transport, as well as the trend of moving away from large resorts and focusing on small sustainable hotels.

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