SA hotel's revolutionary green approach sees it awarded as world leader

Cape Town - Hotel Verde in Cape Town has become the very first hotel in the world to be awarded double platinum for Ledership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).

Located just a stone's throw away from Cape Town International Airport, the hotel is at the cutting edge of global green accommodation initiatives with a team that has gone above and beyond conventional industry practices by dedicating themselves to a sustainable work lifestyle.

Some of the initiatives that have set Hotel Verde apart, include:

- Stringent waste management 

- Departmental sustainability

- Biodiversity

- Carbon neutral hotel experience

- Most importantly, it is the hotel's aim to create an eco-friendly working environment in which staff health, happiness and productivity is optimized.

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While sustainability has become a buzz word in recent months, Hotel Verde has set its sights on 'thrivability'.  

Thrivability is the new frontier of sustainability. It encompasses all that is associated with sustainability but supersedes it by maximising the triple bottom line of people, profit and planet. It is on these principles that Verde Hotels bases its core foundation. 

“We had the opportunity at Hotel Verde to look at everything from the ground up with regard to sustainability and efficiency with the commitment to operate sustainability. But the latest accolade showcases that Verde Hotels is ready to also optimise the operation and maintenance of existing buildings” said André Harms, Sustainability Manager and founder of Ecolution Consulting, a trained mechanical engineer and the expertise behind some of the more technical aspects of Hotel Verde, in a release.

Hotel Verde received its first Platinum certification in May 2014 for New Construction in the Green Building Design & Construction category, which established the hotel as one of only six in the world (and the only hotel in Africa), to receive this accolade, at the time.

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The second and most recent certification was awarded for the Existing Building Operations & Maintenance of the hotel, giving Hotel Verde their double Platinum status and proving that it is Africa’s greenest hotel. 

The LEED scorecard for Hotel Verde reveals that it scored 89 out of 110. Here is a breakdown:

Sustainable Sites                              21 of 26
Indoor Environmental Quality           8 of 15
Water Efficiency                               12 of 14
Energy and Atmosphere                   32 of 35
Materials and Resources                    7 of 10
Innovation in operations                    5 of 6
Regional priority credits                    4 of 4
TOTAL SCORE                                 89 / 110

In November 2014 Hotel Verde also won Gold in the Best City Hotel for Responsible Tourism category at the Responsible Tourism Awards held in London.

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