Coming up on their second birthday, Hotel Verde has much to celebrate having recently been awarded a second Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Green Building Certificate by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) – a global first.
Tension Structures installed a 152 m2 fabric structure at the hotel’s entrance, welcoming guests as they pass three 17m-tall wind turbines. View the project here.
In keeping with the hotel’s sustainability ethos, the fabric structure offers an extended life span, both in the fabric as well as the stainless steel tension cables used, which are also 100% recyclable.
The hotel’s first LEED Platinum Green Building Certificate was awarded in May 2014 for New Construction in the Green Building Design and Construction – a first in Africa. Its second award was for Existing Building Operations & Maintenance, making it the world’s only hotel to achieve double-platinum status. Read more on the hotel’s green initiatives here.
The hotel said it was the on-going efforts of the hotel’s team and their dedication to a sustainable work lifestyle that contributed to their accolades.
A delighted Mario Delicio, hotel owner and chief executive said, “We are only at the beginning, but we are very much ahead of our time… I quickly realised that my dream to provide something luxurious and sustainable was not only possible, but it was also a business model worth sharing.” Delicio said they would take the green hotel concept to Kenya next, with plans for the new hotel being finalised.
by Kim O’Hanlon, B.Jrn | www.kimohanlon.com