Sustainable Stays Living Lab

A living lab to make hotel stays more sustainable

The key question we are answering in this lab: how can we provide an excellent guest experience while conserving water, saving energy, & reducing waste?

The Student Hotel Amsterdam hosts this living lab, in which we run a living, breathing test space for sustainable innovations to reduce environmental impacts in actual hotel rooms, with real hotel guests. Our findings can be used in hotels around the world. All the information about our innovations can be found here!

Would you like to know what we can do for you? Book a quick scan here.

Sustainable Stays

How do we provide an excellent guest experience while making their stay more sustainable? 

Why a hotel living lab?


We can see what helps guests use less water and energy

In our rooms, we test behavioral interventions to see what works best to motivate guests to save water and energy and generate less waste - such as nudges to take shorter showers and use less single-use plastic. Savings on water and energy can immediately lead to cost savings for hotel operators!


We can assess how circular elements improve performance

We have installed several circular elements - including furniture, floors and matresses - and we research how these affect guest satisfaction, sustainabilty performance and air quality. Want to hear more about our innovators? Check out their spotlights here. 


We can transform 3 rooms to showcase sustainability innovations

We created a living & breathing space with a large number of innovations and a measurement system to assess how well the solutions work - through both quantitative and qualitative data. Want to know more and apply our insights? Contact us!

Project Stages

Project design


Measurement phase



Test & Iterate



Calling Hotels & Innovators!

Hotel Operators and CSR Managers! Do you want to set up a test space in one of your hotel rooms with our proven innovations? Or do you want a quick-scan where we can tell you which solutions could work for you? We'd love to use our insights from our projects to help you achieve your goals.

Innovators! Do you have an innovation that makes buildings more sustainable? We are always on the lookout for sustainability solutions that improve the real estate sector. We work in energy, water, waste, health and focus on hospitality, retail, residential and offices.