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Title: Investigating the energy performance and maintenance resources of quality hotels in Hong Kong
Authors: Lai, HK 
Keywords: Benchmark
Energy use
Hong Kong
Issue Date: 2014
Source: Proceedings of CIB Facilities Management Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark, 21-23 May 2014,p. 205-216 How to cite?
Abstract: Purpose: The study reported in this article aimed to identify the relations between the resources used for maintaining hotels and their energy uses.
Background: Past studies have researched into either the energy side or the maintenance aspect of some existing hotels. Analyses focussing on the empirical relation between maintenance resources and energy performance of hotels remain unavailable.
Approach: Detailed and reliable data were obtained through face-to-face interviews with the senior maintenance staff of 20 quality hotels in Hong Kong. Descriptive statistics and benchmarking curves of the hotels’ energy consumptions and maintenance resources were worked out. Correlation analyses were made between the energy consumptions and the maintenance resources.
Results: The energy use of the hotels was dominated by electricity consumption. Generally the cost for implementing capital projects outweighed the cost for hiring maintenance staff or executing repair and maintenance works. Hotels with greater investment in capital projects used less energy, which highlighted the link between energy performance and works done for improving the energy efficiencies of hotel facilities.
Practical Implications: Benchmarks and benchmarking charts were established for use in evaluating energy performance and maintenance effectiveness of hotels.
Research Implications/limitations: Future studies may use a similar methodology to investigate the energy performance and maintenance resources of hotels or other types of buildings elsewhere. The present study findings were based on a sample of 20 hotels. More representative findings would be obtained when more samples are included in the analysis.
Originality/value: An original and useful finding was the existence of connection between energy performance of hotels and resources used for carrying out capital projects to improve the condition of their facilities.
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