4 tips on smart technology for enhanced comfort in hotel buildings

Hotel properties are characterized by their complex and dynamic environments, with varying occupancy rates and multiple activities under one roof. By utilizing smart building automation, hotel owners and operators can not only elevate guest comfort levels but also streamline resource management and safety. Here are four smart tips on how to use intelligent technology to build an efficient system in hotel properties.

1. Adjust climate based on occupancy
Hotels often have fluctuating occupancy rates. By adjusting the climate based on occupancy, energy usage can be minimized when rooms are empty while ensuring high comfort when they are booked. For example, integrating the building's control system with the hotel's booking system via an API solution can activate the system upon check-in. Alternatively, occupancy sensors can detect when someone is in the room and signal the control system to increase airflow.

2. Implement time- or presence-based control in conference rooms
For conference rooms, it is possible to schedule and adjust the climate based on the number of people using the room at different times of the day. The climate can also be controlled based on presence, where airflow increases as more people enter the room, CO2 sensors that increase airflow when carbon dioxide levels get too high, or VOC sensors that react to high levels of volatile organic compounds, such as perfume. When the conference room is empty, the system can go into standby mode, saving significant amounts of energy compared to running the system at full capacity all day.

3. Enhance safety with alarm management and fire control
In hotel environments, where many people are present at irregular times, safety is of utmost importance. By integrating fire safety features into the system, you can quickly get an overview in the event of a fire. A hotel property consists of several fire cells, where smoke ventilation activates automatically in the event of smoke development, helping to keep the fire isolated within specific areas and thus increasing safety.

4. Monitor energy consumption
By collecting and analyzing data on the building's energy usage, the potential for energy optimization increases, allowing you to evaluate the measures implemented. By including room occupancy in the analyses and showing key metrics per occupied hotel room hour, you can get a clear picture of ROI. At the same time, it becomes possible to identify the actions needed to minimize energy usage without compromising guest comfort.