First ClimaHotel Certification
- First ClimaHotel Certification
Sustainablity and quality hospitality at ClimaHotel-certified establishments The first plaque indicating the new environmental sustainability certification, ClimaHotel, was awarded on 11 December 2009. The award was delivered by Michel liamer, spokesman for the environment of the autonomous province of Bolzano. Yet again, Bolzano is at the forefront of our country, launching a quality brand that not only certifies the efficiency of the building’s shell and facilities, but also takes other parameters into account, which measure the sustainability of the site and the convenience of the structure for its customers. Points for Nature, Life and Transparency The ClimaHotel standard is reached by accumulating up to 100 points. Points are assigned based on the degree to which the sustainability goals are reached in each of the following categories: 50 points for Nature, 30 points for Life and 20 points for Transparency. In the “Nature” category, energy efficiency, the eco-compatibility of the building materials (in the case of the Theiner’s Garten hotel in Gargazzone, the wood is from the Sarntal Valley), the building’s relationship with available resources or its accessibility by public transportation are evaluated. Aspects such as comfort, the lack of architectural barriers, safety, the use of local products and innovation fall under the “Life” category. The work that goes on within the hotel, the security of data and the costs of operation are considered part of “Transparency.” Guarantees for the customer Respect for these criteria, even after the awarding of the seal, are checked periodically. The new certification is advantageous for all parties; a sort of planning manual and a marketing tool are available to the hotel owner, and the customer has the guarantee of passing his or her holiday in a structure built and run according to the criteria of sustainability. The first sustainable tourists will certainly not be able to pass up Christmas holidays at the “Theiner’s Garten” hotel in Gargazzone.