3 sustainable hotels in Amsterdam
Part of our hotel chain: the two beautiful boutique hotels TWENTY EIGHT and BOAT&CO, and ID Aparthotel with spacious apartments. TWENTY EIGHT is located in the charmful Amsterdam ‘Oud-Zuid’ district, BOAT&CO is located in the up-and-coming Houthaven neighbourhood, and ID Aparthotel is a stone's throw from the Sloterdijk station. Curious what these hotels do to create a sustainable future? Here we go: 12 reasons why these hotels deserve an extra green star.
WE ARE SUNSHINE READY!
Sunshine on our terrace is not only relaxing; it also helps us generate sustainable energy! At BOAT&CO and TWENTY EIGHT we have solar panels placed on the roof. Solar energy is a clean, renewable and limitless energy source. It aids in fighting the emission of greenhouse gasses and minimizes over-dependence on fossil fuels.
Another way where we generate sustainable energy is by our waste. (How amazing that waste can be the start of something beautiful, right?) At BOAT&CO we have a swill tank that contributes to sustainable energy generation. It collects organic waste that will be converted into compost, biodiesel and biogas. The tank stores a large amount of organic waste, which reduces transport movements. And fewer trips means less CO2 emissions!
In addition to generating sustainable energy, the hotels are also stepping up their game with energy conservation. How? At TWENTY EIGHT and BOAT&CO, the water temperature and temperature in the room are controlled via heat and cold storage, which means 70% less CO2 emissions! Heat and cold storage (ATES) are a special way to save energy. It’s a method of storing energy in the form of heat or cold in the soil.
FIRST ‘CLIMATE-NEUTRAL NEIGHBOURHOOD’
BOAT&CO is located in the Amsterdam Houthaven district: the first climate-neutral district in the Netherlands with a combined sustainable cold/heat plant. The installation pumps cold water from the IJ in winter and stores it via a thermal storage water buffer to cool the neighbourhood on hot summer days. Refreshingly ingenious!
Also, this district is linked to the new heat transport pipeline. This pipeline, from the waste energy company (AEB), brings environmentally-friendly heat into the neighbourhood and thereby realizes a CO2 saving of at least 70% compared to high-efficiency boilers per home. Quite impressive, right?
ECO-FRIENDLINESS BUILT IN ITS CORE
BOAT&CO has eco-friendliness built into its core. Quite literally: we built it according to Cradle-to-Cradle principles, using sustainable construction materials that produce zero waste. Our efforts have been recognized with the BREEAM Excellent certification. BREEAM is the designation for a series of quality marks to determine the sustainability performance of buildings. This award shows that we are on the right track with our sustainability ambitions and that BOAT&CO is part of the 10% most sustainable buildings in terms of environmental requirements. So, maximum benefits for our hotel guests, minimum environmental impact. And we are proud of that!