Featured Member – The Springs Resort and Spa
The Springs Resort and Spa
Colorado’s 1st LEED® Gold Certified Hotel
The Springs Resort and Spa is home to the newest building, the EcoLuxe Hotel; a 29-room, luxury green-built building designed and constructed and certified to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold standards. LEED is a national building rating system that encourages green building and sustainable development practices through specified criteria. Gold is the second highest LEED rating. This is the first LEED-built hotel in Colorado and one of only 22 in the nation. In addition, the resort is also a TripAdvisor GreenLeader Platinum level.
Their sustainability bragging rights include using 31% less energy than a standard hotel. This is likely due to 35% of their electricity coming from green sources such as 100% geothermal heating and 100% cooling through ground water systems. In addition, they are saving 174,630 gallons of water per year, consuming 30% less water than a standard hotel, as a result of high-efficiency plumbing while Occupancy Sensors control the thermostat when a guest is gone saves even more energy. The hotel was designed to take advantage of natural lighting which results in less need for artificial lighting during the day. Artificial lighting is provided with CFL light bulbs that use far less energy and last 5 times longer than incandescent. In total they are realizing a 28% savings on energy costs!
Also built into the design consideration were low VOC carpets, adhesives and paints providing higher interior air quality. Raw construction materials were sourced locally and contain recycled content.
You can see a full-list of The Springs sustainability efforts here.