Cradle-to-Cradle fabrics in the first zero-energy hotel
Protecting the climate and the environment in every respect, the Stadthalle boutique hotel in Vienna is instilling sustainability into the minutest details. The hotel, which opened three years ago as the first zero-energy balance hotel in central Vienna, has been honoured with the Austrian and European eco-label mark. When asked what the hotel does for the environment, the Managing Director and owner Michaela Reitterer responds with a long list of measures. It comprises 24 items and ranges from water heating pumps to generate energy and a breakfast buffet featuring organic and regional foods to a photovoltaic system and toilets operated with rain water. The only taxis that are called have hybrid motors. And all of the guests arriving by train or bicycle receive a discount on their room rate.
When it came to furnishing the rooms, the hotel also championed innovation and environmental awareness. All 38 rooms of the passive house feature Returnity fabrics from the Austrian home textile provider Backhausen. The fabrics for the curtains, case covers, upholstery, armchairs and desk chairs are free from harmful chemicals and comply with the Cradle-to-Cradle principle. That means that Trevira CS’s flame-retardant fabrics are completely reusable. At the end of a long product life, Backhausen takes them back and – without producing any residue – makes them into a new product.
Michaela Reitterer is currently furnishing the remaining 42 rooms of the hotel – a turn-of-the-century Viennese building – with the fabrics. She has already selected the curtains. Pinning herself down about how to set up the rooms in the passive house was difficult for her: “Because I just couldn’t decide which colour I liked best, I picked a different colour for every floor,” Reitterer recalls. Today it is one of the many charms of her hotel, which has received numerous awards.