Top Energy Ranking for Three Cities Bantry Bay Suite Hotel
Three Cities Management introduced the National Energy Barometer Survey (NEBS) to its portfolio of hotels so that an annual review of energy trends in each hotel could be analysed whilst instilling a sense of responsibility at each property from an energy management and sustainability perspective. Three Cities Bantry Bay Suite Hotel , a Three Cities Management hotel, received the top ranking for the Hotels category in the 2012 Utility Year NEBS.
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Three Cities Management was formed in 1988 as a hospitality group offering specialized services in the tourism industry. Today the Group manages and markets over 25 quality tourism and leisure properties and has a strong network of sales and marketing specialists based in Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, United Kingdom and Germany. Three Cities Management established an Energy Strategy in 2009. Apart from this a number of properties have adopted “environmental” certification programmes as well as individual 49M pledges (an Eskom initiative) This has resulted in awareness throughout the group although there is a way to go in terms of fully incorporating all levels of staff functions. The barometer offers relative comparisons allowing Three Cities Management to focus on the key areas i.e. identify and target anomalies from a Group perspective.
Three Cities taking energy efficiency action
Almost 20 years ago heat-pump technology was installed at the Royal Hotel, previously one of the Three Cities Management portfolio hotels—already recognising the importance of efficient hot water generation long before the energy efficiency drive was in full swing.
Three Cities Management has subsequently in 2011 started a preliminary audit program at selected properties, followed by an energy reporting programme for the group set up in 2012 which is currently under further development.
Many projects have been implemented and initiatives are ongoing, according to Murray Burger (Group Engineer) of Three Cities Management, “Equipment control according to occupancy limiting wastage in unoccupied sections, are done through, for example, building segmentation and individual room control. Measurement & Verification (M&V) of various technologies is underway for integration including, heat-pumps, geyser optimisation, lighting, occupancy control and HVAC systems, and the installation and rollout of a high resolution advanced metering infrastructure at various properties.” Full commitment to the Eskom IDM program – including comprehensive energy efficient lighting installations and the low-flow showerhead program, has been instrumental in making many reductions possible. Across the board these initiatives are proving beneficial, and have ensured that Three Cities Bantry Bay Suite Hotel occupy the top ranking in not only the comprehensive Three Cities portfolio, but nationally in the Hotels Category of the 2012 NEBS.
Apart from the Eskom standard product program, Three Cities was also involved in Eskom’s mass rollout of low-flow showerheads – in fact Three Cities went a step further and also introduced low-flow aerators on standard faucet outlets as a water and energy management measure. In total over 700 low-flow showerheads were installed throughout the group.
Development with Old Mutual Group Properties of the pioneering Three Cities Gateway Hotel in 2010 included many energy efficiency interventions.
Across the board energy efficiency initiatives are ongoing, such as:
- Laundry control system – integration of the OTEK cold-water ozone dosing system including comprehensive M&V during initial trial period at the Three Cities Riverside Hotel, Three Cities Peninsula all-Suite Hotel and Three Cities Alpine Heath Resort.
- Pump optimisation at Three Cities Royal Palm and Three Cities Gateway Hotel.
- Heat-pump integration at the Three Cities Peninsula all-Suite Hotel including all ten Jacuzzi’s and the main heated pool.
- Efficient lighting technology installations as Three Cities Le Franschhoek Hotel, Three Cities Royal Palm, Three Cities Riverside Hotel, Three Cities Alpine Heath Resort and Three Cities Peninsula all-Suite Hotel.
- Chilled water link between the Gateway Centre and Three Cities Gateway Hotel.
Behavioural Improvements and Awareness
By monitoring the portfolio’s performance, Three Cities has been able to track its ongoing progress through its continued commitment to NEBS. All initiatives have been based on an overall focus of integrating environmental/sustainability standards and certifications into the management of the portfolio.
Capital investment is always challenging in any industry, but Three Cities provided sound proposals and product verification, resulting in investor buy-in. “Old habits are always difficult to break,” said Murray Burger, “but through effective communications and on-site management various initiatives were adopted and are now part of daily operations.”
Murray Burger continues, “Without doubt the most significant challenge is funding large-scale turnkey energy efficiency capital intensive projects. Fortunately CAPEX planning has led to improved uptake and incentives will aid in the implementation of energy efficiency initiatives when returns are borderline.”
NEBS offers a relative comparison allowing Three Cities Management to focus on the key areas, for instance identifying and targeting anomalies from a Group perspective.
When asked whether energy savings initiatives implemented at the hotels have made any difference to the bottom line, Murray’s answer was convincingly, “Without any doubt, especially with Measurement & Verification (M&V) to prove it in as many instances as possible. Apart from general operational improvements in line with tariff structures, the initiatives themselves have made a significant impact across the Group.”
With such an active recognition of the value of energy efficiency, Three Cities Management continues with projects where efficient lighting installations are still underway, control systems are being integrated and the properties are encouraged to implement their own internal energy management programs in line with behavioural improvements and general staff awareness. Three Cities Management will continue driving energy efficient operations.
In conclusion, Murray said when asked whether he would recommend participation in the NEBS annually: “If they are serious about making an energy efficiency impact and benefiting from their efforts then participating in the National Energy Barometer Survey is a must.”
ABOUT THE NATIONAL ENERGY BAROMETER SURVEY
The National Energy Barometer Survey (NEBS) is in its 5th year of benchmarking buildings in South Africa. It was developed by Energy Cybernetics, Energy Efficiency Engineering Specialists, and is administered by the Energy Training Foundation (EnTF), sole training partner of the AEE in America and the training provider of the SAEE in South Africa. The ultimate objective of NEBS is to create an awareness of consumption levels and the emissions footprint for each facility, with a view to become more environmentally aware and to play a much-needed role in energy conservation.