Lamington Group introduces new sustainability benchmark

room2 Chiswick. (room2)

Residential investor and developer Lamington Group the has achieved whole life carbon net zero across the future development and operation of its hometels. 

Operated by room2, hometels are the brainchild of Lamington Group and combine elements from Airbnb, serviced apartments and boutique hotels.

The target forms part of Lamington Group’s 2030 Net Zero Carbon Roadmap.  

Underpinning the delivery of whole-life carbon net zero hotels, Lamington Group has developed the room2 Net Zero Building Specification, aligned to both the London Energy Transformation Initiative principles and the UK GBC Whole Life Net Zero framework. 

The development of all future hometels will adhere to the new framework, which is focused on the need to reduce embodied carbon throughout the design stage and achieve operational net zero throughout the building’s lifetime.  

Working alongside its partners, measures will include the use of low carbon construction methods and materials, purchasing 100% renewable energy during construction and in-use, and specialist consultants appointed to reach carbon targets on every project. Any unavoidable operational and embodied emissions will be balanced through verified nature-based carbon removal offsets to achieve whole life net zero carbon. 

room2 is the third accommodation brand launched by the Lamington Group, an independent family-owned real estate investment and development company which was founded in the 1960s and is based in West London.

room2 currently has two operational locations, the Southampton Hometel and Hammersmith Townhouse,. room2 Southampton was sold to Aberdeen Standard Investments in Jan 2021 on a sale and leaseback during the height of the pandemic. room2 has a further pipeline of live projects across the UK.

What They Said

Robert Godwin, managing director at Lamington Group and room2, said: “Despite buildings accounting for 40% of greenhouse gas emissions, the hospitality sector in particular has been left behind within the real estate industry. As a dynamic business which has decision making for the long term at its heart, we are in a strong position to set the benchmark for best-practice sustainability initiatives in this space, and align ourselves with similarly minded partners as we embark on our growth strategy.  

“Demonstrating tangible progress will be integral to our approach, and we have a number of near term and exciting milestones which will take our sustainability agenda to the next level.”