The Greenest Among the Green Hotel

April 04, 2011 / William Thomson, Green Homes Expert

Green hotel is becoming a “thing” in the recent hospitality industry as luxury hotels all over the United States are getting into the greener side of things. In Greensboro, North Carolina, another eco-friendly green hotel — the Proximity Hotel, received the highest award from the U.S Green Building Council, the LEED Platinum certification.

The Greenest Among the Green Hotel

In New York, another luxurious green hotel has also received a LEED certification from the USGBC. Located at 311 West 39th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenue, The Element Times Square is said to be the newest hotel in the city to practices and promote sustainability.

Proximity Hotel, the green hotel in North Carolina, according to reports, is the greenest hotel in the country as it consumes 30 percent less water and uses about 40 percent less electricity compared to other standard luxury hotels in the country.

The green hotel’s sustainable designs and practices are based on the guidelines of the USGBC’s Green Building Rating System.

With 147 rooms, the luxurious green hotel integrated various green initiatives into its whole operations including the 100 solar panels built on the hotel’s roof, which would generate electricity to heat water. The hotel also installed the environmentally friendly Gen2 elevator system — the first installation in North America.

Rooms in the hotel feature 50-square-foot glass windows to reduce the use of electricity and promote natural light, while its kitchen uses geothermal energy for refrigeration appliances and sensor-controlled ventilation system.

According to the Chief Design Officer and President of Quaintance-Weaver, Dennis Quaintance — the owner of the green hotel, the company made sure that none of its sustainable practices caused not-a-bit of sacrifice in their guests’ comfort.

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