[photopress:hotels_carbon_free_URBN_hotels.jpg,full,alignright]URBN hotels are for environmentally conscious visitors. From the building’s design and materials to cleaning products to energy-efficiency, URBN hotels are eco-friendly.
The first, which is in Shanghai in Jiao Zhou Road is a 28-room full-service hotel.
The building design used an existing structure and locally sourced materials such as reclaimed hardwoods and old Shanghai bricks. Passive solar shades, rain water retention basins and water-based air conditioning have been used to decrease the hotel’s environmental impact. Low-VOC paints were used and interiors are cleaned with environmentally sensitive products.
What carbon emissions the hotel does produce — such as staff travel, stock deliveries and the energy consumed by each guest — will be tracked and offset by investing in clean energy development and energy efficiency projects elsewhere in China.
Guests can also buy international standard carbon credits from the hotel to offset their flights.
Over the next three years, 20 URBN hotels and resorts are set to open in Beijing, Hangzhou, Dalian, and Suzhou, containing up to 70 rooms each.