A new hotel due to open in July at Denbies Wine Estate in Surrey and has already implemented several measures in a bid to become the first carbon neutral vineyard hotel in the country.
Situated in England’s largest vineyard, the 17-bedroom hotel and Vineyard Restaurant and bar has adopted many practices ahead of its launch to achieve a carbon neutral status.
The team worked closely with architect Tony Oke, who designed Denbies Winery in the early 90s, to put in place features such as high level thermal installation, low energy lighting and solar panels that will feed into three Tesla batteries that will distribute power throughout the hotel.
Any excess energy will be fed back into the grid and re-used, reducing the overall power usage for the estate.
Outside, electric car charging points and cycle parking facilities have been installed to encourage visitors to use sustainable transport methods.
Architect Tony Oke comments: “This recent building process has been very different from the original Denbies Wine Estate design, as the technology to design and produce a carbon neutral building was nowhere near as advanced 30 years ago. As technology has advanced, so the commitment to sustainable practice has evolved.”