Platinum Certification for South African Hotel

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Global First for Africa’s Greenest Hotel

Hotel Verde is the first eco-hotel in the world to achieve double Platinum Certification for LEED® — Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The Unites States Green Building Council (USGBC) has just awarded the establishment a second LEED® Platinum Green Building Certificate.

The green hotel received its first Platinum Certification in May 2014 for New Construction in the Green Building Design and Construction category, establishing it as the first hotel in Africa and one of only 7 hotels in the world to achieve this status. A second Platinum Certification has now been awarded for the Existing Building Operations and Maintenance of the 4*-hotel that is situated a mere 400m from Cape Town International Airport.

The prestigious LEED certification consists of 4 levels — Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. The rating system encourages projects to earn credits by reaching certain criteria within a combination of credit categories. Hotel Verde achieved a whopping 89/110 on the LEED score card and raked in the highest LEED Platinum accolade. Some of the rating categories include indoor environmental quality, water efficiency, and innovation in operations.

Hotel Verde offers 145 luxury rooms, well-equipped conference facilities, a fine restaurant, a fully-stocked bar, and a 24-hour deli. It also boasts an indoor gym with cutting-edge equipment that feeds power back into the grid when in use, an outdoor jogging trail, and an eco-pool that utilizes plants as a natural filtration system. The hotel uses 3 wind turbines and 220 Photovoltaic panels to generate electricity. The multi-award winning, carbon neutral establishment rewards guests with carbon offsetting certificates to indicate their stay hadn’t had a negative impact on the environment.

Hailed for their top-notch, front-line innovations and technologies regarding eco-friendly building practices and design, sustainable operations, and using water and electricity sparingly, Hotel Verde embraces a green conscience by providing environmentally responsible accommodation to those of us who like to do our bit for the planet.

Premier of the Western Cape, Helen Zille, congratulated Hotel Verde “on achieving double platinum LEED”. She proudly stated that Hotel Verde is “committed to doing business which contribute to economic growth, and continue to lead in innovation in the green economy.” She also expressed her hope that other businesses will follow suit and adopt these best practices.