GRAND RAPIDS—The CityFlatsHotel in downtown Grand Rapids was built in 2011 to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification and has now accomplished it. The five-story hotel, at 83 Monroe Center in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, inhabits what was once the legendary Fox Jewelers Building. Like its sister hotel (the CityFlatsHotel in Holland, Mich.) before it, the CityFlatsHotel Grand Rapids joins the ranks of LEED certified buildings throughout the world.
LEED buildings are designed to: reduce waste sent to landfills, conserve energy and water, reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions, and be healthier and safer for occupants. “The CityFlatsHotel brand is dedicated to these building and operational principles, making our certification of the CityFlatsHotel Grand Rapids as a LEED Gold property such a tremendous achievement for us,” said Dave Wilsey, general manager.
The CityFlatsHotel Grand Rapids used in its construction: Cradle to Cradle recycled glass and concrete, low-VOC paint, energy efficient fixtures, and rapidly renewable resources such as bamboo and cork flooring. Blankets, sheets, and towels are all naturally hypo-allergenic and are made from bamboo fibers, which can be washed in cold water. The hotel also uses locally produced CityDrem mattresses.
The CityFlatsHotel Grand Rapids and the CityFlatsHotel Holland are the only two LEED Gold Certified hotels in the state of Michigan. Any property that applies for the certification is measured against a number of factors including the sustainability of the site, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovative design. The property is then scored based on these factors to decide what level of certification it can receive (if any).
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) sanctions LEED. LEED is a green rating system and certification program internationally accepted as a benchmark for design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. More information on the USGBC and LEED certification can be found at www.usgbc.org.
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