WIT Press


Climate Change Impact Assessment In Hotels: Methodology And Adaptation Strategies For High Quality Hotels

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/ARC160041

Volume

161

Pages

12

Page Range

33 - 44

Published

2016

Author(s)

A. Pinto, M. Bernardino, A. Silva Santos, F. Espírito Santo

Abstract

Hotels are buildings with major specific energy and water demands per occupant, due to high levels of services and comfort provided and expectation from tourists, meaning that they could be one of the building types more vulnerable to changes in climate. Usually high occupancy rates of hotels happen in summer, for beach and city hotels, increasing the vulnerability to climate change. Projected changes in mean and extreme temperature and precipitation over the Mediterranean region, in particular over mainland Portugal, will be likely to intensify the well-known asymmetries in the Portuguese climate, with more intense heat waves and with longer duration. This paper presents the methodology followed in project AdaPT AC:T to assess the vulnerability of hotels to climate change and the impact of some adaptation strategies.

Keywords

climate change, energy efficiency, hotels, adaptation, mitigation