With all the LEED certified buildings in the world, hotels still comprise only a small portion of the total. Hotel Arista, for instance, is seeking the first LEED certification for a hotel in Illinois. Designed by Lohan Anderson, this 144,000 square foot building is part of the CityGate Centre lifestyle development in Naperville, which also is undergoing LEED certification. The 144 room hotel features luxury amenities wrapped up in the style of classic modernism and some of the following green features:
- 75% of the building receives natural light;
- Windows are double-pane, energy-efficient, and sound proof;
- Centrally maintained smart HVAC system;
- Smart interior LED lighting activated by motion sensors; and
- Dual-flush toilets and low-flow water fixtures.
Hotel Arista was designed to use 30% less water and 21% less energy than a similarly-sized, traditional hotel. 50% of waste was recycled during construction, and the management has committed to a plan for green operations by using chemical-free cleaning products and eco-friendly hotel supplies. All in all, it should be a good green hotel if you're in the area.
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Photo credit: Arista Hotel.