Mercure Abu Dhabi Centre Hotel slashes energy use
Sustainability is key focus as 1979-built property replaces lighting and water supply systems
Water and energy bills are tumbling at the Mercure Abu Dhabi Centre Hotel in the capital’s Hamdan Street after a major retrofit of obsolete lighting systems and the installation of water saving systems.
Savings on water bills alone have accounted for 25% a month while electricity charges are down 10%, according to the hotel’s chief engineer Peter D’Veiga, who told The National the new water supply and lighting systems installed in the hotel had had an immediate effect on energy efficiency, in line with the hotel’s sustainability policies.
Due to its age, the property is not covered by the new Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture rating guidelines which come into effect at the end of 2015. The government’s Pearl Building Rating System is geared to apply from the design stage of new hotel developments and is focused on sustainability issues, such as energy efficiency and waste management.