CityFlats strikes gold

April 20, 2009
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Integrated Architecture’s design for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources wasn’t the only sustainable project honored by the Grand Valley Chapter of the American Institute of Architects last month. GMB Architects-Engineers won an Honorable Mention Award for its design of the CityFlats Hotel in Holland.

Charter House Holdings, which owns the five-story, 56-room boutique hotel, was awarded LEED Gold Certification for the building.

With the U.S. Green Building Council granting the certificate, CityFlats became only the third hotel in the nation with a LEED Gold.

Much of the hotel was built with earth-friendly and recyclable materials, including the bed bases, linens and towels made from bamboo. Each room has a recycle bin, but complimentary coffee is only available in the lobby to reduce energy costs by not having a coffeemaker in every room.

The hotel’s exterior was designed with integrated solar shading and a layout that lets daylight into 90 percent of the interior spaces. All the windows are made of glass that is low in emissions and energy-efficient.

Non-toxic materials were used for construction and 81 percent of the construction waste was recycled. Materials taken from the building site were reused in the parking lot and the adjacent road. Water conservation is expected to reach 33 percent through dual-flush toilets and low-flow faucets and showerheads. LED lighting is standard throughout the structure.

The hotel has a reflective roof, an energy-efficient HVAC system, enhancements for indoor air quality, and low-maintenance landscaping that features indigenous plants. City Flats also offers guests bicycle racks and parking spaces for plug-in vehicles.

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