GSP – DTbH – Energy Efficiency Audit and Solar Energy Assessment at the DoubleTree by Hilton Melbourne

BACKGROUND:

Hilton is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of seventeen global

Brands including the DoubleTree by Hilton. Hilton have made a commitment through the CSR program Travel With Purpose, to double their social impact and halve their environmental footprint globally by 2030, in-line with the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Hilton uses its proprietary system LightStay, to measure, manage and report the environmental and social impact of every hotel in their global portfolio of more than 5,600 managed and franchised hotels. DoubleTree by Hilton Melbourne – Flinders Street (DTbHMFS) have implemented many large and small scale Travel With Purpose initiatives in the past few years and are consistently looking for new projects to work towards this goal.

DTbHMFS is located centrally in Melbourne on Flinders Street. It is a 187 room hotel with in-house restaurant that runs high occupancies throughout the year and therefore has a lot of energy use. Electricity costs are increasing year upon year and extreme weather situatioCopy to a new draftns are challenging a reliable reliance on the grid (there is no generator on the property). Additionally in-line with Hilton’s 2030 goals DTbHMFS is seeking ways to reduce its carbon footprint via reducing energy use and potentially utilising renewable energy to power some the hotel and offset emissions.

AIM:

  1. The aim is to undertake an energy efficiency audit to understand how energy reduction and cost savings might be made in the hotel.
  2. Analysis of the building to understand the feasibility of installing solar on the rooftop for energy use in the hotel and offsetting emissions.

The energy efficiency audit shall include lighting, utilities, appliances, computers, printers, heating and cooling. It should consider building envelope, shading, consumption, usage (timers, sleep-mode etc.), appliances and any other opportunities the student may identify.

The student is expected to be utilising available data on electricity consumption, lease costs, perform site visits, research energy efficiency data (energy star ratings) of various electrical devices, resulting in an energy efficiency audit checklist and recommendations.

The building analysis for solar energy should encompass the building structure and rooftop space and if installation is possible. What type of solar would offer the maximum output v cost ratio. What savings can be achieved through implementation (dollar and emissions) and what is the ROI to the business and over what period of time.

Findings will be presented in a two part extensive report. Part 1. Detailing options to improve energy efficiency with corresponding costings, pay-backs and greenhouse gas emissions savings. Part 2. Detailing the solar energy findings, outcomes and recommendations.

This project will contribute to Hilton’s 2030 goals of halving its environmental footprint.

DELIVERABLES:

The deliverables of the project can be structured to be delivered under a staged approach. This will allow DTbHMFS to review and apply where possible outcomes from the project as the engagement progresses rather than once it has concluded.

The deliverables of the project include:

 

Deliverable Description  
1 Background and market research
2 Departmental baseline and analysis
3 Hotel audit
4 Final report and recommendations

The project report shall be written up as a business case including, but not limited to, the following sections:

  • Executive Summary
  • Background and market research
  • Departmental baseline and analysis
  • Audit methodology and outcomes
  • Recommendations

The project deliverables shall be written for a wide audience. It should be assumed the majority do not have an in-depth understanding of energy efficiency audits.

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