The Hotel Building’s Envelop
The building envelope includes an outer shell that maintains a cool indoor environment and facilitates the stabilisation of the indoor comfort in both the summer and winter seasons (Rada 1996). It also has components such as the exterior walls, fenestrations, a root, and ground floor as shown in Fig. 9.32. The properties of the building envelop (H-value, SHGC, and Visible Transmission as well as layers of each component) are shown in Fig. 9.33.
Fig. 9.30 Site of Hilton Ramses Hotel in Cairo, Egypt (a) Site Ariel view of Hilton Ramses Hotel (b) The hotel site in 3-D showing the network. Image source: www.google.earth.com. Images credit: Author
Fig. 9.31 Hilton Ramses Hotel in Cairo, Egypt. (a) General view of Hilton Ramses Hotel (b) Hilton Ramses floor areas. Image source: www.arabtravelgate.com. Images credit: Author
Fig. 9.32 External envelope of Hilton Ramses hotel. Images credit: Author
Fig. 9.33 Building’s envelop components and properties
Strategic Environmental Assessment
In the case study of Hilton Ramses hotel, we focused on the three pillars of Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA): the environmental, economic, and social impacts.