The world's first LEED Platinum hotel

October 09 2008 / by Garry Golden
Category: Environment   Year: 2008   Rating: 8 Hot

In recent years forward-looking architects and designers have been pushing out the leading edge of advanced energy systems for built environments. Along the way they have created a new marketplace for integrated energy solutions with lower costs and improved performance. Their efforts have been supported by the growing list of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified buildings.

On Tuesday, Proximity Hotel in Greensboro, NC, became the first hotel to be awarded the LEED Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED is the USGBC’s rating system for designing and constructing the world’s greenest, most energy efficient, and high performing buildings.

Opened in late 2007, the Proximity (videos) was designed to use 40% less energy and 30% less water than comparable hotels. It along with the adjacent Print Works Bistro are the first hotel and first restaurant to obtain the USGBC’s top level certification.

“When we started the design process four years ago, I would have never believed that we could use 41% less energy and 33% less water without one iota of compromise in comfort or luxury and with minimal additional construction costs,” says Dennis Quaintance, the CEO and CDO (Chief Design Officer) of builder Quaintance-Weaver “It just goes to show what a determined team can accomplish if they use common sense and get a little bit of help from the sun.”

The hotel has 100 solar rooftop panels for electricity and hot water. The building’s water saving design will also allow the hotel and restaurant to use two million gallons less water during the first year, saving more than $13,000 by spending less than $7,000 in additional construction costs.

Proximity’s other Platinum LEED features include:
- 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 <br - Provided natural lighting to 97% of the occupied space
- Used elaborate energy recovery systems so as to provide large amounts of fresh air
- Sourced 90% of the furniture locally
- Plus more than 60 other sustainable practices

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