Hotel Andaluz – LEED Certified

LEED(c) Gold Certified Hotel Andaluz

We’re all about LEED so, when a new swanky hotel gets certified, we like to let our peoples know. To that end, The Hotel Andaluz in Albuquerque, New Mexico announced last week that it has been awarded LEED® Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

As you probably already know, LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. What makes Hotel Andaluz so unique is that it’s the only historic property to be certified LEED® Gold in the Southwest and the second in the United States. In short, they don’t just hand out LEED certifications. It takes quite a bit of work to get one for your very own.

“The Hotel underwent a $30 million dollar renovation in 2009 with an eye on sustainability,” explained Gary Goodman, Hotel Andaluz owner. “At the top of our priority list was long-term sustainability and good environmental stewardship.  We are proud to have achieved this prestigious distinction.”

The Hotel Andaluz’ LEED certification was based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the project itself and the broader community. For instance, the hotel uses less energy than traditional buildings by using solar heated water, high performance windows, fluorescent and LED lighting and a state of the art energy management system.  The hotel also has reduced its water usage over 45%.  In addition, the hotel has a comprehensive recycling program that recycles cardboard, paper, plastic, metal and all food waste is composted.

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As buildings in the United States are responsible for 39% of CO2 emissions, 40% of energy consumption, 13% water consumption and 15% of GDP per year, making green building a source of significant economic and environmental opportunity means greater building efficiency can meet 85% of future U.S. demand for energy, and a national commitment to green building has the potential to generate 2.5 million American jobs. The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. Over 32,000 projects are currently participating in the commercial and institutional LEED rating systems. By using less energy, LEED-certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.

Doesn’t that make you feel good? We think so too.

Hotel Andaluz, managed by Gemstone Hotels & Resorts, joins the Mosaic Hotel in Beverly Hills and the Carlton Hotel in New York City as swanky sister properties.

http://www.hotelandaluz.com/

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