Cape Town airport hotel first in world to achieve double LEED Platinum

Hotel Verde gets double LEED PlatinumThe Cape Town airport hotel Hotel Verde has just been awarded a second LEED Platinum Green Building Certification by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), the first time any hotel in the world has done so.  “We had the opportunity at Hotel Verde, Cape Town Airport, 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 Brief
  • The 145 room Hotel Verde has an eco-pool and extensive green features such as Carbon Neutral Stays for Corporate and guests alike.
  • The first Platinum certification was awarded in May 2014 for New Construction in the Green Building Design & Construction category. This established Hotel Verde as one of only 6 hotels in the world and the only hotel in Africa, to receive this accolade, at the time.
  • The second and most recent certification was awarded for the Existing Building Operations & Maintenance of the hotel, giving Hotel Verde their double Platinum status.
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Jeremy Smith
Jeremy Smith
Jeremy Smith is the editor and co-founder of Travindy. He is a writer and communications consultant working for a more responsible and sustainable tourism industry. He is the author of two books, writes a fortnightly blog on responsible tourism for World Travel Market, and provides consultancy to a wide range of companies and organisations, ranging from National Parks to individual hotels and tour operators.

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