LEED Platinum Hotel a Testament to Green Building

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About a year ago, a new hotel in Greensboro, NC opened its doors for business … but this was no ordinary hotel. Built to high-performance green building standards, the luxurious Proximity Hotel earned the U.S. Green Building Council’s highest award — LEED platinum certification. It is the first hotel in the U.S. to receive this prestigious accolade, which was presented on November 10, 2008. That same day, the Proximity held its second Sustainable Practices Symposium, a three-hour discussion and tour about the design and building process using the LEED criteria. It’s CEO and CDO (Chief Design Officer), Dennis Quaintance, explains, “We are very happy with the results, including the costs and returns.”

He goes on to say, “The hotel uses 41% less energy and 33% less water (than a comparable, conventionally-built hotel) without one iota of compromise in comfort or luxury and with minimal additional construction costs.” The extra $7000 spent upfront on water conservation features has already saved two million gallons of water and $13,000 in water bills. One hundred rooftop solar panels supply most of the hotel’s hot water.

They also included the following other sustainable elements:

  • Recycled 87% of the construction debris (1,535 tons)
  • Sourced over 40% of the building materials locally
  • Used over 20% recycled content
  • Restored 700 feet of an adjacent stream
  • Installed the first regenerative drive elevators in North America, generating electricity on the descent for the ascent
  • Provided natural lighting (day-lighting) to 97% of the occupied space
  • Used elaborate energy recovery systems to provide large amounts of fresh outside air to all guests
  • Sourced 90% of the furniture locally
  • Commissioned local artists and craftspeople for original art in every guestroom, a cantilevered reception desk, spiral staircases in the lobby, furniture and accessories
  • Low-emitting volatile organic compound (VOC) paints, adhesives, carpets, etc reduces indoor air contamination
  • Plus more than 60 other sustainable practices

Visit the Proximity Hotel’s website for more information.

Tag(s): Green Building, Green Travel


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