Construction Of A Sustainable Hotel And A School

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1.0 Introduction

A regeneration project close to Bedford will see the construction of a hotel and a school, with both intended to be sustainable. Hunt et al. (2006) judge a development’s sustainability based upon its impact upon the local environment, its cost effectiveness, both during and after construction, and also its impact upon society. These factors tend to relate, to varying degrees on different projects, to how sustainable the development’s water usage is. Taking this into account, those designing and building the school and the hotel have put considerable time and effort into ensuring that the project’s water management setup is from the very top of the line.

The following report focuses on the design and implementation of the regeneration project’s water management system, calculating the respective quantities of water required for the school and for the hospital to run effectively and evaluating the alternative green solutions available to ensure efficient use of water in the two buildings. Among the green technologies looked at, consideration will be given to collection, storage and usage of rainwater to supplement the water supply sourced from utilities companies. Recycled grey water will also be discussed as a possible means of saving water. Lastly, the report will look into methods of conserving water, explaining how they would be implemented and how effective they would be if utilised on this particular projectThis will

2.0 Description of the Regeneration Project

The school that is being constructed will be co-ed and will enrol up to 150 students, catering to children between the ages of six and twelve years old. The school will have a staff of sixteen: eight on full-time contracts, two providing maintenance services and the rest working on a part-time basis. The hotel that is being built will consist of fifty double-rooms and will take on four members of staff on a full-time basis. The school’s roof will be made from pitched tiles, taking up approximately 385 m­2, and approximately 600 m2 of smooth surface. The hotel’s roof will also be made from pitched tiles, but with no smooth surface. It will take up approximately 1,200 m2.

3.0 Estimating water requirements for the school and the hotel

In order to come up with a water strategy, the water requirements of the two buildings must first be approximated. Bradford (2007) notes that for different kinds of end users, there are a variety of purposes that water can be used for, giving the example of the dissimilarity in the water usage patterns of domestic users compared with agricultural users.

3.1 Water requirements for the school

The figures in Table 3.1 calculate the school’s overall water consumption as being at 720 m3/year. Figure 3.1 breaks down the school’s water consumption categorically, displaying the main uses to which water is put in terms of quantity. Flushing toilets takes up the largest proportion (36%) of water consumption (see Figure 3.1).

Table 3.1: Amount of water used by the school

Usage

Litres/year

Toilet flushing

268,000

Kitchen

90,000

Cleaning

120,000

Grounds irrigation

230,000

Hand basins

12,000

Total

720,000

Figure: 3.1 Uses of water at the school

3.2 Water requirements for the hotel

Hunt et al.

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