Welcome to EcoLodgical! No it is not spelled wrong. This project seeks to broaden the acceptance and practice of green building techniques and environmental strategies (Eco) in the hospitality sector (Lodging). The ideas, strategies, and techniques described herein can be applied to all kinds of design and construction.
The initiative of this project was to identify the barriers that prevent hotels developers, designers, and operators from employing environmentally sensitive design and operation to their hotels. This web site is provides one solution to these problems.
The focus and challenge of EcoLodgical is to break down communication barriers that exist between those who know (a growing few) and those that want to know (growing even faster). One solutions appears to include using the internet to serve (what technology is intended for to serve us all including our biosphere) or provide content in the most economical (financially, chronologically) and flexible manner as to reach the greatest audience.
Thus EcoLodgical is an education tool, an environmental design manual, and a node for environmental progress in the hospitality industry. Please take the time to immerse yourself in the various means of finding and digesting the environmental design information that interests you.
This online guide allows for
the user to define their context and the type, difficulty and amount of information they want to view. They then have the
option of viewing it online, saving it to their hardrive or CD, or printing it as a manual. They can print
or save tailored information based on their context or any other context.
This web site is the culmination of months of work in an attempt to rationalize the best solution to a multitude of issues including:
Variety of screen sizes
Variety of operating systems
Variety of browser types
Potentially limited internet access speeds
Potentially limited access to printers/photocopiers
Multi-language user base
Multi-cultural user base
Many users with little knowledge of subject
Illiteracy both computer and english
Limited access to environmental design literature
Limited monetary resources
Dealing with all these issues in unison is explained on this page "why the web site is designed in this way"...
Key Features include:
Provides the option for user-defined content delivery
Content is stored in a MySQL database
Is printer friendly
Facilitates on-the-fly language conversion
Offers rich content including images, links, etc.
Includes on-the-fly image creation
Provides an extensive search facility
Provides links to online discussion groups
Provides the venue for user comments
Provides the venue for user developed content
Facilitates the learning and development of
environmental management systems in hotels by offering online venues to develop content
|Why is the Web Site Designed this Way?|
Uses Cascading Style Sheets
This allows for the absolute placement of web material in the browser window in the most uniform matter. CSS is the only method of positioning content and standardizing fonts, colours etc. in a multi-browser universe. Without CSS controlling the layout, this web site may look very different to users from different countries utilizing a variety of different hardware and software.
Uses PHP and MySQL
By using the open-source language PHP coupled with the MySQL database, the web site supports low cost, efficient, public development tools. They are the best anyhow!
Minimizes the use of text in graphics
In order to allow for language translation on-the-fly, no graphics were used in place of text. This allows for maximum transportablity between languages. As well, this maximizes the effectiveness of the content to be listed with search engines.
Uses a common font group
Arial, Helvetica, Sans-Serif is a common (as common as it gets) font type that is prevalent on nearly every PC and Macintosh computer. Note is unclear how the text will convert to non-Roman characters.
Uses a dark font on light background to faciliate printing
Does not employ features that require the user to have any non-standard features on their computer
Thus far, the web site does not include any Macromedia Flash or Java components.