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Rooms with a view


The Green House in Bournemouth lays claim to being the most environmentally friendly


hotel in Britain, and every aspect of it has CO2 reduction in mind. Wessex renewable energy and Wessex building services installed a variety of mirogeneration based systems and low energy products, as Rob Shepherd discovers


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ocated in the heart of Bournemouth, The Green House opened in April 2010 after undergoing a complete refurbishment. With the intention of being the nation’s greenest hotel, no stone was


left unturned in its quest to use the very latest sustainable systems, materials and processes in order to limit its impact on the environment.


Walk it like you talk it While most hotels stake a claim to environmental friendliness by doing nothing more than asking guests to reuse their towels and turn off lights, The Green House has extended an environmental philosophy throughout every aspect of its operation. A Grade II Victorian villa, it has been extensively


renovated with an investment in excess of £5m, and the result goes a long way to proving that luxury accommodation and a sustainable ethos can co-exist. The hotel has set itself some pretty stiff targets to


back up its claims and the owners are committed to achieving ISO14001 (Environmental Management Standard) and BREEAM accreditations – aiming for a BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating.


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Setting the standard While some hotels may still be trying to ‘greenwash’ their guests, The Green House is setting its sights high and raising the bar for what can be achieved with energy reduction technology.


Green rooms: An


environmental philosophy extends to all aspects of the hotel’s operation


Guest list: The Green House is a Grade II listed Victorian villa


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ECA Today Winter 2010


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