Benefits of Retrofitting Older Hotels
Chances are that if you think your hotel may need some work, it almost definitely needs some work—after all, as a hotelier, you very likely aim to keep up with modern trends and guest preferences in order to stay current and competitive. More specifically, it is a savvy move to “green retrofit” your hotel (i.e., adding sustainable features and technologies to your older hotel) in order to reduce energy consumption. If your hotel hasn’t seen some energy-efficient modernization in quite some time, your property is probably due for some retrofitting.
There are a number of benefits that accompany retrofitting your old hotel—that is, upgrading it by adding features it wasn’t built with. Numerous hoteliers are recognizing the wisdom in this endeavor, and many hotel guests are beginning to expect certain elements to the hotel they stay in. If you’re unsure about whether to retrofit your old hotel, consider these benefits:
1) Many guests appreciate a green hotel. Historical hotels with energy-efficient elements have become a big draw for hotel patrons. If your hotel makes a concerted effort to reduce its carbon footprint, you’ll likely attract more guests who might not have been previously inclined to stay. Your guests’ comfort is also an essential component: If your older hotel has cracked, drafty windows, this can lead to overworked or broken HVAC systems. This drives away guests in the winter due to the chill and turns guests off in the summer because of the heat and stuffiness. One very effective method of solving this is to have our professionals install solar films to save energy.
2) Energy-saving retrofits are bound to save you money in the short- and long-run. According to the U.S. Green Building Council,buildings that have been green retrofitted use approximately 26% less energy, emit 33% less carbon dioxide, use 30% less indoor waste, and send 50 to 70% less solid waste to landfills and incinerators. Not only are you doing a service to the environment by retrofitting your hotel, you’re helping your profit margin to grow as well.
3) Green retrofitting will keep you in the game. The “Dollars and Sense of Green Retrofits,” a 2008 report, notes that, “Buildings that are not upgraded with sustainability in mind will relinquish market leadership in terms of higher operating costs, lower productivity, negative brand image and declining attractiveness to workers.” Stay competitive by green retrofitting.
Green retrofitting isn’t as complicated as it may seem. Besides using energy-efficient lightbulbs and saving water with an optional daily towel and sheet washing service, another great way to save energy while creating a modern, attractive look is to have professionals tint the windows of your hotel. Not only does it prevent glare and provide the privacy that your guests expect, but solar films are the perfect way to save energy while providing elegant, modern style.
When you use Pacific Window Tinting, you’re not just reducing your carbon footprint–you’re protecting your investment with the Graffiti Gard protective film, which protects against vandalism on any surface to which its applied. At Pacific Window Tinting, we provide a wide array of films, including panorama solar films, which significantly reduce energy consumption while helping to regulate internal temperature. We also provide security and decorative films and tints. To learn more about our services, please visit our Commercial Services page, and don’t hesitate to give us a call at (503) 736-9000.