Sudima Auckland Airport, which has set the bar with its sustainable building design, has become the first hotel in New Zealand to gain official Carbon Certification. The hotel, which opened in 2011, features fridge-less rooms estimated to reduce its carbon footprint by 236 trees a year.
As well as being the country’s first carboNZero©™ certified hotel, Sudima is also New Zealand’s first carbon neutral hotel. It has also been certified through an internationally accredited greenhouse gas programme, after measuring its greenhouse gas emissions in compliance with ISO 14064-1:2006.
Guest rooms employ a chilled beam air-conditioning unit, unique in hotels in this part of the world. The units are extremely energy efficient, and provide twice as much fresh air as any comparable system.
Rooms also offer paperless compendiums and the entire property and building structure is designed to harvest rain water in order to recycle and filter for non-potable use. Director of operations for Sudima Hotel Group Les Morgan says it’s a tremendous achievement after lots of hard work by the team and now forms an important part of the “Sudima story.”