Author(s): S. Bardhan, B. Ghosh, S. Hazra & M. Chatterjee
Tourism industry involves a wide range of constructional activities in terms of
development of infrastructure and lodging facilities in tourist destinations.
Hotels, resorts, lodges etc.
are known to be resource intensive, especially during
their operation-cum-maintenance period.
This is critical, when seen in the
context of sensitive ecological belts, as is common for nature based tourism.
Such a tourist lodge not only replaces a certain amount of local flora and fauna in
its own site and immediate surroundings, but also continues to load the ecosystem
by using substantial energy and other resources for its day to day
Since these structures are 24-hour operational, the cumulative effect
of this may eventually exceed the carrying capacity of the eco-system supporting
This paper attempts to present a study that examines the possibilities of ecointervention
by retrofitting one such existing tourist lodge with active and
passive resource-efficient measures with an intention to find the theoretical
improvement in its environmental performance.
The building in question is a
medium capacity tourist lodge located in the ecologically fragile coastal belt of
the Indian Sundarbans overlooking Bay of Bengal in the state of West Bengal,
The process involves mapping of the current consumption/generation
pattern of the structure in terms of energy and water and compares these footprints
with the post-retrofit situation of the same building.
consumed by these structures depends on the conventional systems of electrical
grid and the stand-by Diesel Generator, Carbon emission becomes a critical
criterion in the measurement.
The study also covers the indirect benefits of these
retrofits on local plant species.
The final results of this analytical study were
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Paper DOI: 10.2495/SW100681
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