I may be going out on a limb, but of all the real property types â€“ whether multifamily, commercial, retail, etc â€“ hotels probably have the most consistent focus on green operations. Theyâ€™re always trying to find ways to save energy or water, and they know their footprint. When you add LEED certification, which in this case means (anticipated) LEED Gold certification for the new Hotel Indigo in Athens, thereâ€™s an interesting combination of the already existing concern for operations and the LEED emphasis on design and construction.
We all know that a green building is hard to define, but thereâ€™s more to the equation than energy and water. This hotel was designed by Surber Barber Choate & Hertlein and constructed with locally-sourced materials and recycled content products.
The rooms have a custom vanity made with Plyboo architectural plywood and a Caesarstone countertop. They also have their own recycling centers and are outfitted with CFLs and energy efficient lighting. Donâ€™t be surprised to find water-efficient Kohler Purist fixtures in the shower either.
The building itself was designed with sustainability in mind. It was oriented to allow maximum daylighting while still controlling interior heat gain. Thereâ€™s a green roof, large windows with exterior shading, high efficiency HVAC, technology to collect HVAC condensation for irrigation and landscaping, enhanced bioswale, pervious paving, and regenerative elevator. Hotel Indigo was built using low-emitting materials, adhesives, and paints, too. You shouldn't smell a thing.
Photo credits: IHG.