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Green Initiatives

The Path to our LEED Certification

The Viana Hotel & Spa was designed and built as an innovative “green” property. We’re currently certified as a LEED property (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building project meets the highest green building and performance measures. LEED-certified buildings are designed to reduce waste sent to landfills, conserve energy and water, be healthier and safer for occupants and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

Innovative Building, Inside and Out

bulding in and outIt was vitally important for us to leave as small of a carbon footprint as possible while building this hotel. From the beginning of the construction process, we paid attention to every detail. All demolition refuse from the previous structure was carefully recycled. The steel, insulation, roof and concrete are all made of recycled materials.

The roof insulation is Icynene, a material made partially of recycled soda bottles with a very high R-value of 22. The walls are insulated with Roxul, made up of basalt rock and slag (used in roads). The exterior vertical walls are insulated with spray cellulose by Nuwool, which is made of recycled newspaper.

roof insulationWe are very proud of our rooftop 10kw solar panel system with an annual estimated kwh production of 94%. The total roof system has an R value of 50.

A Different Kind of Hotel Experience

In addition to innovative building techniques, there are some eco-friendly features you will experience firsthand when you stay with us.  We’ve developed an entirely paperless check-in and check-out process (unless you require a paper receipt). Our restaurant, room service and spa menus are available on your TV.

heating & coolingOur unique in-room heating/cooling system uses water instead of air for maximum efficiency. An advanced energy management system with smart digital thermostat and sensor in each room interfaces with the larger property management system, allowing us to monitor heating and cooling in occupied and vacant rooms. This cuts heating and cooling run times by 20-30% overall.

Each guest bathroom is equipped with a dual flush toilet, designed to conserve water by giving the user a choice between .8 gallons for liquid waste and 1.6 gallons for solid waste.  All sinks are water restricted, however showers are not, so that you, our guests can have the water pressure you enjoy and deserve.

Eco-Friendly Through and Through

We have many more efficient features throughout the hotel. Interior décor features low-VOC (volatile organic compound) paints and stains. Carpets and wallpapers are made of recycled materials. All wood flooring is bamboo – a sustainable alternative to conventional hardwood floors.

All public area lighting features dimmable LEDs. LED lights are much more efficient than standard incandescent bulbs. In addition, LEDs usually operate at comparatively low temperatures, simplifying heat management and maximizing efficiency. Our closed loop HVAC system works very similar to Geo thermal. Each room and public space is equipped with a reverse heat pump system that works together with our hot water heating system and is 98.7% efficient compared to the industry standard of 80%. All our advanced control and occupancy technology further reduce our use of fossil fuels.

The beautiful landscaping you see outside is made up of low water-usage plants watered by an almost-exclusively drip irrigation system for maximum water conservation. Solar panels on the roof.

Resources

To learn more about our ecologically responsible hotel, please visit the following links:

Our staff is available for hotel tours to explain our green Initiatives in more detail.  Let us educate you.