GF Victoria was born with sustainability as a fundamental basis of its accommodation offering, with innovative solutions being sought from the beginning to help to achieve this goal; a commitment certified with the adhesion of GF Victoria to the United Nations Global Compact, a step by which it pledges to assume the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that aim to stop global warming.
It is the first hotel in the Canary Islands to obtain the TYPE A Energy Rating, the building certificate that represents the maximum range of energy efficiency. Its advantages:
- Reduction of energy consumption / reduction of CO2 emissions.
- Economic savings.
- Reduction of consumption of other natural resources.
The general strategies developed in favour of this sustainable management are:
From this sustainable commitment comes the driving force for the effort needed to generate 90% of all energy consumption through renewable sources, turning this hotel into one of the tourist complexes of the archipelago with the best and most ambitious energy efficiency parameters.
To comply with this percentage, the following facilities and management systems have been implemented:
- Thermal solar collectors (high efficiency plates or panels).
- Biomass boiler
- Cooling unit with energy recovery
- LED system in 100% of the installed lighting
- Inmotic system, (KNX) the only current global standard for energy control.
A smart method to control energy resources; biomass boiler, solar thermal collectors (solar panels), modulating coolers with 100% heat recovery and high efficiency heat pumps. It is an intelligent system which allows each machine to act simultaneously, separately or in a combined manner, to give the optimal energy response to the hotel’s needs.
CONSERVATION OF RESOURCES
Our project has contributed to the conservation of the environment and the biodiversity of the area through an automated irrigation system with low consumption, thus reducing the island’s dependence on aquifers.
The vegetation is adapted to the local climatology and does not introduce any species harmful to the biodiversity of the area. Existing spaces have been enhanced through the recovery of important arid zones, transforming them into landscaped areas.
DESIGN, WORKING FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
Architectural criteria have been imposed, focused on reducing the loads and thermal conditions to which the building is exposed.
The complex has 100% of the roofs as well as the exterior with thermal and acoustic insulators which prevent the transmission of temperature from the building. In addition, we propose innovative solutions such as intelligent gardening. We are talking about the largest rooftop garden in the Canary Islands and it has minimal maintenance. The structure of this ‘carpet of vegetation’ is light and allows for a perfect drainage.
The orientation of the building facilitates renovation and ventilation in a natural way.
The hotel will have a selective segregation of waste via authorized managers. Separation modules have been installed throughout the entire complex to collect the waste generated by both guests and staff.
The reduction of single-use plastic becomes one of the main objectives of the sustainability strategy that has been set by GF Hoteles. To achieve this goal, the chain will start joint actions in all its hotels involving the gradual substitution of the consumption of plastic bottles with aluminium for both guests and employees.
Optimize the use of paper. A series of measures have been proposed with the aim of reducing the use of paper within the business group. An analysis is performed monthly on paper consumption and the information is transferred to all relevant departments. The consumption of paper is also reviewed quarterly and any deviation is communicated, so that consumption is minimized. The consumption is included annually in the EMAS Environmental Declarations.
Among the projects of GF Hotels for 2019 is the calculation of the CO2 absorption on the landscaped roof, in addition to continuing with the installation of an intelligent irrigation system in all the hotel establishments of the chain.