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Travel in search of comfort

Energy efficient Hotels

For many, September is the end of winter and the season's end. The cold winter did not seriously affect tourism in South Africa this year, but the growth of visits from abroad has slowed. But undoubtedly, comfort and silence are two things that hotel customers demand more and more.

Energy efficiency in hotels would affect the economy of the entire country

On the other hand, the commitment of companies from all sectors to energy efficiency is a sustainable trend. The tourism and hotel sector cannot be an exception not only because energy efficiency materializes in economic savings. And because hotels that care about the planet's ecology and its impact on the environment will satisfy new customer demands. Energy efficiency and efficiency should not contradict good hotel services but go hand in hand with them. It seems increasingly impossible for them to exist without each other. But not only is it important to be environmentally friendly but also to communicate it now that certifications are becoming increasingly important.

Energy efficiency

But energy efficiency is not just something that affects only newly built hotels. It is suitable for hotels to update their facilities every 15-20 years. This is an ideal time to give a new look in terms of aesthetics and improve the energy level. The right insulation solutions can significantly benefit the hospitality industry by dealing with all these challenges and unique circumstances.


The concept of a "green" hotel as a marketing strategy found public acceptance at the beginning of this decade in response to the interest of sophisticated tourist demand. Hotels should provide guests with amenities to make their stay more enjoyable. Therefore, the designer must pursue as a primary goal the search for visual, acoustic, thermal comfort, access to the building, etc. All this must be done without compromising the safety of the building by ensuring safe materials, escape routes, and fire protection systems.

Energy efficiency

Saint-Gobain Africa (and ISOVER as part of it) is committed to protecting and preserving biodiversity and the environment. Therefore, the use of natural gypsum (100% recyclable material), paper from recycling (97%) for the production of plasterboard and glass (100% recyclable material) in mineral wool allows for to reduce of atmospheric emissions as well as to preserve of natural resources.

All Saint-Gobain Africa products and systems are designed to generate minimal environmental impact, maximum energy efficiency, and minimal health risk. One of the requirements of hotel visitors is silence. Acoustic insulation begins in the project phase, where the location, and orientation of the rooms, depending on the source of external noise, are described. The second step is, taking into account the construction details and the possible sources of noise in the room, to choose an acoustic insulation system suitable to cover the requirements.

When performing the acoustic project, it is essential to pay special attention to the places where acoustic bridges can form. They must be carefully removed because they reduce the effectiveness of the insulation. ISOVER plasterboard and mineral wool systems provide excellent insulation between adjacent rooms. Due to the unique properties of ISOVER products, higher results are achieved. As soon as the sound waves pass through the fibrous material, friction occurs between the sound waves and the individual fibers. This friction causes the incident acoustic energy to be converted into heat energy: the noise dissipates and disappears. The result is that less acoustic energy is transmitted through the wall.