Natural Daylighting

You might wonder: Why isn’t Mayflower sparklingly lit?
Shouldn’t a hotel have bright lights in every corner?

 Yes, a regular hotel is usually sparklingly lit, but we dare to be different because we have already been ‘enlightened’. Let us tell you the rationale behind our lighting practices…

Daylighting is the practice of placing windows or other openings and reflective surfaces so that during the day, natural light provides effective indoor lighting. At the Mayflower Inn, we have designed our rooms and common spaces in such a way that we can maximize the use of natural daylighting. We have installed glass panels, a clerestory and skylights. We also utilize light-activated switches in our hallways and common areas so artificial light will only come on as naturally required.

At Mayflower, we go beyond the “earth hour and pledge to save energy with every passing hour of every day. We encourage our guests and friends to do the same. So why not try availing of some daylighting in your own home? You will not only save on electricity but you will also be healthier and happier.

Here are some of the health benefits attributed to moderate exposure to sunlight: better sleep, happier outlook, protection from auto-immune diseases and reducing the change of getting Alzheimer’s disease.

 

*Earth Hour is a worldwide event organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and held on the last Saturday of March annually, encouraging households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour to raise awareness about the need to take action on climate change.

 

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Sustainable Guestrooms at The Mayflower Inn

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What we do:
TRANSITION MODEL: REFUSE
Listed among the items
we have banned from our hotel include:
single-use throw-away plastic products,
unnecessary lighting, useless packaging,
unnecessary amenities and facilities.
We only provide bulk bathroom tissue
and the basic naked soap.
What you can do:
Set aside soap you don’t wish to use.
Do not waste toilet paper
(clogs the toilet and sewage system),
do not use toilet paper as a sink plug..

What we do:
TRANSITION MODEL: REUSE
We aim to use items in a way
that extends or repeats the service cycle
without loss of quality:
drinking glasses, change of linen
and towels only upon request.
For long staying guest, linens
and towels are changed every 3 days.
What you can do:
Hang your towel so you can reuse them.
Keep your towels and sheets clean.
Do not use them to wipe off make-up,
clean shoes or wipe the floor.
If you have highlighted or dyed hair,
please use your personal fabric over the pillowcase.
Remember it requires millions of gallons of water
and tons of bleaching chemicals
to keep your towels and sheets white.
Request a towel or linen change only when necessary.

What we do:
TRANSITION MODEL: RECYCLE
Among our practices to realize this objective
include: recycling construction materials into homemade furniture,
garbage sorting at guestrooms, donating used linens and furniture
to charitable institutions,
composting food waste into organic fertilizer,
selling collected plastic bottles and cans
with the proceeds directed to our CSR outreach programs.
What you can do:
Cooperate with our garbage sorting system
by putting your garbage in the appropriate bin:
biodegradable, non-biodegradable or residuals.
If upon checking out,
you have an item you don’t need any more
and don’t want to take with you,
don’t throw it out…donate it!
Items collected will be donated
to our CSR Outreach Partners.
Donate your clothes,
magazines, books and personal belongings.
Many guests have participated in this program.

What we do:
TRANSITION MODEL: REDUCE
Here are our water and electricity
waste reduction measures:
guestroom main power key switch,
energy-efficient appliances,
100% LED Lighting (low emitting diodes),
task lighting, small tank toilets,
faucet aerators, sensor lighting,
heat pump, lower heater temperature.
Here are some of our energy saving practices:
replacement of inefficient appliances,
regular maintenance of equipment & appliances,
routine water audit and leak detection.
What you can do:
Here are ways in which you can help us
reduce energy use:
Use the stairs instead
of the elevator, (will improve your health),
do not smoke or eat in your room
(extra cleaning means extra energy use and use of pesticides),
remove the key switch when leaving the room,
do not tamper with the key switch,
turn- off appliances when not in use,
take shorter showers, turn off the tap while brushing
your teeth, shaving, or washing your face,
report malfunctioning equipment, leaking faucets and toilet.

All together,
our goal is to minimize our damaging effect
on the environment and
help RESTORE the earth
for our own good.
We are glad to have you onboard and thank you for your cooperation.
Enjoy your earth-friendly stay with us!

 

Natural Cooling & Ventilation

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Natural Cooling & Ventilation

So hot? No A/C…
Yes,
At the Mayflower Inn,
we dare not to have A/C
in our common areas…
Believe it or not…
we are doing YOU
and the ENVIRONMENT
a GREAT FAVOR!

As part of our low carbon initiative,
we have chosen not to have air conditioning
at the lobby and common areas,
but instead we use a natural ventilation
and cooling system
without the use of mechanical devices.

The non-use of A/C
has also some health benefits
related to the prevention
of the transmission
of pulmonary airborne diseases.

Cross ventilation,
together with temperature differences
generate a gentle breeze
that flows through our corridors and common areas.

A clerestory
over the front office
and dining area
allow light and fresh air
to flow through the inner spaces,
in conjunction with large openings
around the building.
The often shaded areas
at the side of the building
acts as a wind tunnel
that cools the air
before it reaches the lobby
and the common areas.

NO A/C = Less Use of Energy (Fossil Fuel)
+ Prevention of Airbone Diseases Low Carbon Footprint
= Cimate Change Mitigation

(actions that decrease the potential effects of global warming)