Counting down to the opening of The Hotel Britomart
- September 1, 2020
Officially opening its doors on 1 October 2020, The Hotel Britomart brings more than just great design to the reinvigorated Britomart precinct. The Hotel Britomart, part of the TFE Hotels collection, will be the first 5 Green Star hotel in New Zealand, certified by the New Zealand Green Building Council.
Green Star certification applies to almost every decision made during construction, but there are a few key aspects that make the development of a Green Star building truly unique. One of them is the recycling or reuse of construction waste; the industry benchmark for which is 70% of construction waste to be re-used or recycled, a target which The Hotel Britomart has already greatly surpassed with a result of almost 80%.
Beyond the design and construction of The Hotel Britomart, there are important elements inside the hotel and its rooms which aren’t included as part of the Green Star ratings but were carefully selected in line with the hotel’s sustainable ethos. Inside The Hotel Britomart:
The pillows and duvets are made from luxury microfibre derived from plastic bottles
The sheets are organic cotton by Eco-Linen
All mattresses are part of a Sleepyhead programme that recycles them at the end of their use
All staff uniforms are locally manufactured from natural materials, with the ability to be redyed to extend their life, recycled or composted
Guest rooms are stocked with New Zealand brand Sans[ceuticals] organic, hair and skincare products with refillable bottles
The slippers in each guest room are 99% compostable and have compressed wood fibre soles, linen uppers, cotton padding and come encased in a craft paper bag
Laundry and tote bags, as well as hairdryer bags, are by Duffle and Co, made by local communities in Bali who offset their emissions by 120%
The hotel has also supported local artisans: ceramicist Rachel Carter who created large vases and soap dishes for each guest room, while other vases in every guest room are by Albany based artist, Elena Renker.
The Green Star rating system also requires careful attention to detail in the selection of materials. With flicker-free lighting, access to natural light, environmentally friendly paints and coatings, responsibly sourced timber, highly efficient taps and fittings to reduce water use, The Hotel Britomart let sustainable principles govern every decision.