The carbon footprint of a new family-owned 150-room hotel in Dublin is zero.
An underground river flowing through power turbines supplies all of the energy at the new Iveagh Garden hotel which opened this month in Dublin.
The underground River Swan runs 50 metres below the hotel. As a result, the family-owned property is being described as the first fully sustainable hotel in Europe.
Dublin is experiencing a shortage of rooms and the 150-room, €40 million Iveagh Garden (to become 161 rooms next year), the first hotel to open in the city in 2018, will relieve some of the pressure, the Irish Times reports. Its sister hotel, the Harcourt, has been running at 98% occupancy.
Guests staying in rooms at the side and back have views of Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens. At the front, Harcourt Street is very busy but guests are separated from the trams and partygoers by triple-glazed windows.
The McGill family who run it kept the building’s Georgian façade but converted everything else, including the entire heating and hot water systems supplied with the new natural energy system.