The new Hilton Garden Inn Gatlinburg, located near the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in eastern Tennessee, is on track to earn LEED Silver certification, according to a recent article. Opened on May 28 last year, the 118-room hotel is the first hotel in the state of Tennessee to aim for LEED certification.
Some of the hotel’s sustainable features include:
- Onsite rainwater retention with permeable parking lot pavers that help absorb 100 percent of rainwater. The pavers were acquired locally and are non-reflective, thus reducing the hotel’s heat island effect.
- Dual-flush toilets and low-flow fixtures in hotel bathrooms, reducing the hotel’s water use by 30 percent compared with a hotel of similar size without this feature.
- An ozone laundry system that reduces water use compared with a conventional laundry system by 30 percent, while cutting electricity, hot water use, and labor costs.
- The hotel has purchased Green-E energy credits, offsetting about 70 percent of its annual electricity use. At least 35 percent of the building’s electricity will be provided by renewable sources from the local utility company.
- The hotel’s pool and hot tub use an environmentally friendly salt-water based purification system.
- The landscaping is comprised of native and drought-resistant landscaping, thereby requiring less water to maintain.
- The hotel was built on the former site of a strip mall and parking lot.
- 90 percent of demolition debris was recycled, and 75 percent of construction waste was diverted from the landfill.
- The hotel is located near the Gatlinburg trolley and the aerial tram system, and provides bicycle storage and changing facilities. Preferred parking for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles is set aside in the hotel’s parking lot.
Read more about the Hilton Garden Inn Gatlinburg, here.
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