MCLEAN, VA—Hampton Hotels’ Hampton Inn and Suites Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport has achieved LEED Silver certification, as recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). It is the first Hampton Hotel property to earn this recognition for sustainable building design, construction and operations.
The property received the certification on May 27, 2010. The hotel incorporated a variety of sustainable design strategies to achieve it, including categories in energy use, lighting, water and material use. LEED certified buildings save money and energy, decrease CO2 emissions, and improve water efficiency and indoor environmental quality for hotel guests, employees and the community.
The Hampton Inn and Suites Sarasota/Bradenton Airport was developed and constructed by Sarasota-based Finergy Development and Firmo Construction. Some of the specific features that helped the hotel gain the certification include: a solar water heating system that will generate 1.7 million kBTUs per year; water saving fixtures that will reduce water usage by a third; zero CFC based refrigerants in the air conditioning system; more than 40 percent of the products utilized during construction were purchased, assembled and manufactured within 500 miles of the site, limiting the transportation impact while improving the local economy; the hotel efficient insulation system, glazing, roof, hot water production, air conditioning, heating and lighting equipment allows it to reduce its annual energy usage by at least 27.1 percent compared to a hotel built to standard building code.
As a part of Hilton Worldwide, Hampton is currently rolling out the company’s proprietary LightStay system. By December 31, 2011, all 3,600 properties within Hilton Worldwide’s global portfolio of brands will use LightStay, making the company the first major multi-brand company in the hospitality industry to require property-level measurement of sustainability. LightStay measures energy and water use, and waste and carbon output.