Apex Temple Court - Environmental Features Apex Hotels' industry leading environmental initiatives have won numerous environmental awards. Building on advances made in our sister hotel in London, which is reported to produce less carbon emissions than a a comparably sized hotel, many of these environmental initiatives were developed further and implemented at Apex Temple Court Hotel: The hotel uses and existing building structure as a starting point. This conserves resources and energy and drastically reduces the amount of demolition waste sent to landfill. It is located on a brown field site in the centre of the City of London, with excellent public transport links. A Guest & Staff Travel Plan was commissioned to conclude that existing traffic would not be impacted by the development and would encourage the use of sustainable transport to and from the hotel. A Delivery and Servicing Management Plan was developed to track and manage ongoing transport. A Considerate Constructors scheme was in place at the construction stage and a Site Waste Management Plan was put in place resulting in 90% of the site waste being recycled. Material from the demolition eg brick, roof tiles, courtyard cobbles were re-used. As the original building was being re-used, the external solid brick walls had to be lined internally with a specialist insulated plasterboard system to upgrade the energy and acoustic performance. The building has been insulated beyond building regulation requirements to be more efficient at retaining heat. The existing roof was entirely re-covered and thickly insulated to exceed current regulations. The existing windows were completely refurbished and draught-stripped to reduce heat loss. An extension to one wing of the building was clad in brick and Portland stone with durable double glazed windows. The stone panels were cut and formed at an English quarry with no additional stop offs or processes. The bricks were also sourced from a local manufacturer. Existing materials were set aside from the demolition of the existing wing and from the existing courtyard, which was also re-landscaped, to be recycled and re-used in the new installation. New high-efficient boilers and heating systems have been installed with intelligent automated controls and a sophisticated Building Management System (BMS) to enable Apex to monitor the energy consumption and implement measures to further reduce the carbon emissions. The bedrooms are heated and cooled by market leading heat pump technology incorporating heat recovery and compensating room set point control with outside temperature. All bedrooms use room card readers to ensure that lights, heating and air coolers and electrical appliances are all switched off when the room is not being used. Bedrooms use low energy kettles to reduce energy consumption. Motion detectors have been fitted to low traffic areas to switch lights off. A Combined Heat & Power system (CHP) has been installed which generates the hotels electricity with 'waste' heat energy utilised to meet some of the hotels domestic hot water requirements. A Power Correction Unit has been installed to regulate incoming voltage to a minimum level to ensure that electrical appliances run efficiently, vastly reducing power consumption. A detailed sub-metering system has been installed to allow for data collection and monitoring, to ensure energy usage is optimised. Public areas are naturally lit and passively ventilated and are accentuated using light reflective, natural materials such as limestone on the floors and walls. LED lights have been installed throughout the property including feature lights by a London based lighting designer. The hotel's furniture has been carefully chosen, including some bespoke pieces hand crafted locally in England. Wall finishes were also carefully sourced and only water based paints were used throughout reducing the impact of VOC's. The hotel has implemented a range of water saving devices such as flow regulators, aerators and dual flush toilets. To encourage shower use, which uses less water, walk in showers separate to the bath are provided. A designated recycling area has been put in place. High efficiency heating system installed reducing gas consumption as system runs at a lower temperature. Variable refrigerant flow installed to give control over vent heat recovery. Cycle racks in place. The hotel uses energy efficient lifts. A re-use towel policy is in place and eco friendly chemicals are used throughout the hotel. Bed linens and towels are laundered using eco friendly techniques and products. Our room toiletries are locally produced, use natural ingredients, are bio-degradable and are not tested on animals. Rather than provide newspapers to every room, they are supplied upon request with a limited number available in public areas. The hotel is a member of the AA food scheme. Produce for beverages, fish, meat, fruit, vegetables and dairy is locally sourced. It also serves fair trade tea and coffee. Wherever possible, materials for the hotel's interior design were selected which were durable, sustainable and locally sourced. Apex Hotels have a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy in place and offer a facility for carbon offsetting. The Apex Hotels group have an Environmental Director overseeing the environmental initiatives in the group with the aid of the Green Team and Green Champions. On all new developments and refurbishments, the group enlists the help of consulting engineers and environmental bodies, and also has a dedicated architect in charge of Sustainable Hotel Design at Ian Springford Architects. The group's purchasing policy includes measures to reduce the amount of packaging at source and to minimise transport mileage by co-ordinating deliveries. As part of the marketing policy, the group prints on board made from sustainable and generated forests. However, most marketing material is now is digital, reducing print output to a very small percentage.