Sustainability in operations
Through its Living Green environmental programme, the Dalata Group aims to reduce energy and water consumption as well as waste generation in its buildings. The progress it has made is published in the annual report of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), a respected non-profit organisation.
Building on the Dalata Group’s environmental programme, the first step involved teaming up with Deka Immobilien to obtain BREEAM In-Use certification for the Dublin properties The Gibson and Clayton Charlemont, both of which were rated Very Good according to the recognised green building standard.
In the second step, the Clayton Hotel in Birmingham was certified Very Good, and a rating of Good was awarded to the Maldron Smithfield Hotel and the Clayton Hotel Burlington Road in Dublin.
This sustainable approach to certification is of particular importance to the Dalata Group and Deka Immobilien. In addition to improvements in economic criteria, progress is also being made in terms of creating a feel-good climate and enhancing the quality of guests’ stay at the hotel.
The Gibson is the first certified hotel property in Ireland. The main factors that earned the hotel this recognition were active management in the area of energy efficiency, the use of rainwater in hotel operations and a diversified waste concept.
The Gibson’s other strong points include natural ventilation and plenty of daylight. The hotel entrance has a three-storey atrium with a green wall. There are green spaces throughout the building, including accessible courtyards and terraces, as well as a green roof area. All of these features improve the building’s carbon footprint, provide a habitat for native species and reduce stormwater run-off from the building, mitigating the risk of flooding in surrounding areas.