Has this Singapore hotel uncovered the future of hospitality energy efficiency?
Green Biz, March 20, 2015
Marina Bay Sands has linked the electronic booking management system (eBMS) to the building management system in order to reduce energy consumption, increase productivity and improve the overall customer experience. eBMS is a system used in the meetings, incentives, conferences and events (MICE) sector to manage all event bookings, location, food orders and any other logistical items.
HVAC systems are turned on automatically one hour before an event and turned off one hour after the event. The system yielded savings of over 790,000 kWh in 2013 and has a projected payback period of about 18 months.
Marina Bay Sands started replacing light bulbs with LED lights in 2012 in the hotel corridors and guest rooms. The project’s payback period was less than 14 months. In 2013, seeing the benefits from the first phase of LED installations, the project expanded to retrofitting lights within the hotel guest rooms, hotel elevator lobbies and elevators, loading docks, exhibition halls, casino, garage, theater, retail and MICE and back-of-house areas, resulting in annual savings of over 11 million kWh, with an average payback period of less than 20 months.
In 2012, Marina Bay Sands installed passive infrared occupancy sensors in the walk-in freezers, housekeeping closets and back-of-house offices. The sensors turn off all lights within 15 minutes if they does not sense any movement. The payback periods were within 36 months for the freezers and about 12 months for the other two facilities.