ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—The Hotel Andaluz announced that it has been awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. The hotel is the only historic property to be certified LEED Gold in the Southwest and the second in the United States.
“The Hotel underwent a $30 million dollar renovation in 2009 with an eye on sustainability,” explained Gary Goodman, owner of Hotel Andaluz. “At the top of our priority list was long-term sustainability and good environmental stewardship. We are proud to have achieved this prestigious distinction.”
The Hotel Andaluz’ LEED certification was based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the project itself and the broader community. For instance, the hotel uses less energy than traditional buildings by using solar heated water, high performance windows, fluorescent and LED lighting and a state-of-the-art energy management system. The hotel also has reduced its water usage more than 45 percent. In addition, the hotel has a comprehensive recycling program that recycles cardboard, paper, plastic and metal. All food waste is also composted.
“By using less energy and water, the Hotel Andaluz saves our precious resources for our families, businesses and taxpayers; reduces greenhouse gas emissions; and contributes to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community,” Goodman added.