dws-italy-student-hotel-770pxThe Student Hotel Group, together with Amphiro, Wageningen university and Sapienza university announced to extend its ‘living lab’ on water saving solutions to four of its new hotels in Italy.

The group runs a hotel chain based on a special concept to accommodate the co-living and co-working for the international student community. It committed itself to contribute to save 20 percent in water consumption in cities.

The kick-off of the first living lab outside the Netherlands, took place in Rome on 20 June, on occasion of a Dutch trade mission to Italy that coincided with a state visit by Dutch king Willem-Alexander and queen Maxima.

dws-italy-amphiro-shower  Amphiro's smart water meter that stimulates to use less water for a shower by showing the amount of used water..

Pioneering water-saving initiatives
Four hotel buildings in Rome, Florence and Bologna will act as a ‘living lab’ for research initiatives that help student residents, hotel guests and their co-working community, to reduce water and energy consumption.

Smart water meters supplied by Amphiro, a cleantech-Spinoff from ETH Zurich, will be fitted to showers in the new hotel buildings and will display water and energy consumption so students can see how much they are using.

This awareness leads to significant savings.

dws-italy-student-hotal-rooftop-poolPractical relevant research
Lead researcher Michel Handgraaf at Wageningen University on the commitment to 20 percent water-savings initiative notes, ‘We are extremely happy to continue and expand our fantastic collaboration with The Student Hotel. Let's take our international Living Lab to the next level for more scientifically rigorous and practically relevant research’.

Saving energy project
The initiative extends The Student Hotel group’s ‘Saving Energy When Others Pay the Bill’ project to the first four Student Hotels in Italy.

This is an ongoing research project by the group, in collaboration with Wageningen University, Bectro Installatietechniek and Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS) in the Netherlands.

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