Campus Apartments, a national leader in the development and management of university-affiliated real estate, announces that its first hotel development, Homewood Suites by Hilton – University City, was awarded the Silver level of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. It is currently the only LEED Silver Hotel in Philadelphia.
This property provides residential-style accommodations for visitors to area universities and medical facilities. It opened in May 2012 and was designed and constructed to meet green building standards with sustainable systems. It boasts an energy-efficient envelope and is 25 percent more efficient than the current building code. By reducing energy consumption and incorporating a multitude of green features in the hotel’s design, Homewood Suites by Hilton® – University City achieved Silver-level certification from LEED®, the nation’s most widely recognized and accepted green building rating system.
To achieve its LEED® Silver certification, Campus Apartments developed the building’s interior and exterior with various energy-efficient elements that reduce consumption, optimize performance and control costs. The building features an energy-efficient water-loop heat pump system to power heat and air conditioning, as well as a smart control system to monitor the building temperature. In addition, lighting from energy-efficient fixtures is controlled by occupancy sensors in common areas and card-control systems in the guest suites. Additional sustainable elements include a green roof, high-efficiency MEP systems, on-site storm water management and low-flow fixtures.
By incorporating these green features into the design of the building, the hotel serves as an example for progressive sustainable architecture within the hospitality industry.