01 / Hotels

Specialists in designing building services for the Hotels sector.

DSSR has extensive experience in M&E designs for the Hotel sector, providing innovative solutions that integrate mechanical and electrical systems to enhance energy efficiency and sustainability. Our team of experts is well-versed in the unique requirements of hotel projects, considering factors such as guest comfort, operational efficiency, and environmental impact.

02 / Our Expertise in the Hotel Sector

Understanding the unique challenges and requirements of the industry

DSSR’s expertise in the hotel sector is based on a deep understanding of the unique challenges and requirements of the industry. The company’s engineers are highly skilled at designing and implementing energy-efficient systems and solutions that meet the needs of hotel guests, while also reducing energy usage and minimizing environmental impact.

One of the key areas where DSSR excels in the hotel sector is in the design of HVAC systems. The company’s engineers have extensive experience developing HVAC systems that are highly efficient, reliable, and provide a comfortable environment for hotel guests. DSSR also specializes in the design of lighting and electrical systems, ensuring that hotels are equipped with the latest technologies and solutions that are optimized for energy efficiency and guest comfort.

03 / A Strong Focus on Sustainability

Achieving Net Zero Carbon

DSSR is committed to enhancing existing hotels and helping them achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, mitigating the risks of climate change. With approximately 80% of future buildings already in existence, neglecting improvements is not an option. Constructing new zero-carbon hotels poses challenges due to embodied carbon. Hotel operators are increasingly aware of environmental concerns and can benefit financially from energy efficiency. However, hotel owners’ decisions are often influenced by asset value and income, undervaluing decarbonisation investments and risking stranded assets.

Our research emphasizes the need for diverse strategies in achieving net zero carbon hotels, including operational measures, thermal performance enhancements, system efficiency improvements, and low-carbon energy adoption.

We collaborate with hotel clients to achieve net-zero carbon emissions, offering tailored energy-efficient solutions. Our expertise spans renewable energy systems, building envelope optimisation, and waste reduction throughout the building’s lifecycle. DSSR is dedicated to helping hotels meet sustainability objectives while ensuring guest comfort. As the hospitality industry moves towards a net-zero carbon future, our sustainable building design and engineering proficiency drives progress in this critical domain.

Our Net Zero Carbon Approach
04 / Lighting Design

Innovative and sustainable lighting solutions

When it comes to lighting design for hotel projects, at DSSR we prioritise creating innovative and sustainable lighting solutions that meet the unique requirements of each project. The company’s engineers work closely with hotel clients to develop lighting designs that enhance the guest experience while also minimizing energy usage and reducing environmental impact.

DSSR’s lighting solutions include the use of energy-efficient LED lighting, the integration of daylighting strategies, and the implementation of lighting controls to ensure that energy is used only when and where it is needed. The company also places a strong emphasis on the aesthetic and functional aspects of lighting design, ensuring that lighting complements the overall design of the space and provides the right level of illumination for each area. With a focus on innovation, sustainability, and functionality, DSSR is a trusted partner for hotel clients seeking to create engaging and energy-efficient lighting designs for their projects.

Read more about Lighting Design
05 / Electrical and Heating System

Energy efficiency, reduce costs and lessen environmental impact

DSSR can provide valuable support to hotels in the design of their electrical and heating systems, particularly in the area of heat recovery. This process involves capturing waste heat from various sources within the hotel, such as HVAC systems or kitchen appliances, and repurposing it for other uses such as space heating, hot water, or even electricity generation. By implementing these systems, hotels can improve their energy efficiency, reduce costs and lessen their environmental impact.

DSSR’s expertise in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer, as well as our deep understanding of materials properties, enables us to design complex heat recovery systems that are optimised for a hotel’s specific requirements and operating conditions. We work closely with our clients to ensure that the design meets their needs and may conduct simulations or tests to validate the system before implementation. By partnering with DSSR, hotels can take advantage of advanced heat recovery technology to achieve significant cost savings and environmental benefits.

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06 / Case Studies

Relevant Case Studies

Below is a selection of case studies demonstrating our experience and expertise within the Hotels sector:

07 / Sector Lead

Phil Duffy


Phil Duffy is a Director of DSSR, with over 40 years in the industry, and a particular specialism for the hotel sector—in addition to student residences and residential projects.

Phil graduated as a mechanical engineer in 1979 before moving from his native New Zealand to the UK in the early 1980s. He joined DSSR in 1989, progressing to Director of our London office. A Chartered Engineer, Phil has been responsible for the management and delivery of many complex and large projects in a variety of market sectors both in the UK and overseas and continues to be actively involved in the technical and financial delivery of many of DSSR’s largest projects.

08 / Contact

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