Hotel Andaluz Becomes First Historic Hotel to Receive LEED Gold Certification

The Hotel Andaluz, managed by Gemstone Hotels & Resorts, declared it has received the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Gold certification. The certification was confirmed by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).

The hotel has become the only historic building to receive the LEED Gold certification in the Southwest region and the second in the U.S.

The Hotel had spent around $30 million dollars for its renovation in 2009 and incorporated a host of green features to achieve the LEED gold certification. It has installed solar water heater to provide hot water and erected energy-saving windows. To cut down its power consumption, the hotel installed an efficient energy management system and used LED and fluorescent lights. It also cut down its water usage by more than 45%.

A recycling program in the hotel efficiently recycles paper, cardboard, metal and plastic and all food waste is converted into manure.

Source: http://www.hotelandaluz.com/

Joel Scanlon

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Joel, originally from the UK, emigrated to Australia in 1995 and spent 5 years working in the mining industry as an exploration Geo-technician where he developed skills in GIS Mapping and CAD. Joel also spent a year working underground in a gold/copper mine. Upon moving to the North Coast of NSW, Australia Joel worked as a graphic designer for a leading consultancy firm before starting a successful business providing graphic and web design services to local businesses on the eastern seaboard of Australia. Joel is skilled in project management, web programming, design, animation, database and networking, software and editing. Joel has been with AZoNetwork since its inception in 2000.

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