City Express Hotels – Santa Fe
City Express Hotels is the fastest growing limited-service hotel chain in Mexico, in terms of the number of hotels, geographic presence and market share. The franchise’s City Express brand is geared towards the domestic business traveler, with hotels positioned in important economic hubs in Mexico as well as Costa Rica and Colombia.
EDGE certification was a logical choice for City Express, which was founded with a vision for sustainability. The company’s Santa Fe hotel in Mexico City, which has seven floors with 135 guest rooms, incurred incremental capital costs of US$56,000. These extra costs will be paid back within less than a year, as utility bills are projected to be US$7,500 lower per month when compared to a benchmark building. The hotel is an example of how smart choices in building design can result in a positive impact to the bottom line while attracting clientele who believe in protecting the environment.
Predicted Savings of EDGE Certification
Reduced window to wall ratio, external shading devices, air conditioning with water cooled chiller, low-E coated glass, insulation of roof and external walls, and energy-efficient lighting.
Low-flow showerheads, dual flush water closets and water-efficient urinals.
Concrete filler slab for floors and roof, medium weight hollow concrete blocks for internal walls, finished concrete flooring and uPVC window frames.
*Part of the energy efficiency percentage may be associated with virtual energy for comfort depending on the presence of heating and cooling systems. Note that virtual energy does not contribute savings to utility bills.