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Eco-Boutique Hotel Terra Jackson Hole Slated to Open in December


JACKSON HOLE, WYO.—Proving that luxury and sustainability can join forces with unprecedented results, Hotel Terra will open in Jackson Hole this winter season. The first in a collection of green hotels launched by the Terra Resort Group, Hotel Terra will offer the exceptional amenities and services expected from boutique hotels, combined with environmentally sustainable building and operating practices.

Green practices include Hotel Terra’s pending LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, which will put it in an elite group of just five LEED-certified hotels in the United States.

The 72 room, six-story Hotel Terra is a condominium hotel property built on a half acre site, slope side to the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, within Bridger Teton National Forest, and at the gateway to Grand Teton National Park. While firmly dedicated to protecting these spectacular natural surroundings, Hotel Terra also possesses the traits of leading boutique hotels: sophisticated design, superior service, thoughtful amenities, and up-to-date technology. This ‘eco-boutique’ approach will drive the hotel collection as it grows, with each new property focused on minimal environmental impact and an extraordinary guest experience. By 2015, Terra Resort Group hopes to create between 12 and 15 Hotel Terra properties in resort locations worldwide.

The design of Hotel Terra is inspired by the stunning natural landscapes of Jackson Hole and its welcoming western sensibility, while also incorporating modern materials, clean lines, and urban touches. Indigenous products in a modern application, such as rough hewn lumber with steel detailing, granite stonework lit by fanciful light fixtures, and a flagstone fireplace set against a wall of deep red leather tiles, demonstrate the fusion of old and new. The property’s atmosphere resonates with health and relaxation, with better air quality, ample natural lighting, and thermal comfort created through environmentally conscious design.

What it Means to be LEED Certified

The LEED Green Building Rating System was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and is the nationally accepted standard for green buildings. LEED provides innovative strategies for sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor air quality. These efforts are designed to promote both minimal environmental impact and the health and well being of the inhabitants.

Examples of LEED, and other environmentally sound elements in Hotel Terra:

• 100 percent recycled “Eco Shake” roof shingles.
• Low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) carpets and pads, sealants, paint, and adhesives exclusively used throughout.
• Energy efficient heating and cooling systems, designed to customize temperature by individual zones, limiting use to specific need.
• Radiant heating in the flooring of the parking garage, which runs along the entire ground level of the hotel, reducing direct heat loss and minimizing energy use.

• Superior air quality will be maintained inside the building by circulating large amounts of outside air into the guestrooms and employing energy recovery technology which recoups 81 percent of the heat from the exiting stale air. The system also controls the moisture content in the air.
• Energy Star approved, extremely efficient windows, with Low E, a highly reflective coating that protects interiors from infrared light. This keeps heat inside during the winter and outside during the summer, reducing the need for energy used for supplemental heat or cooling.
• Water conservation systems: dual flush toilets, low flow water fixtures, waterless urinals in men’s public restrooms, and native landscaping requiring no irrigation after initial introduction accounts for a 24 percent reduction in water use.
• Exterior snowmelt system operated on a thermal and humidity control system, ensuring it is only in use when necessary.
• Natural runoff mitigation: runoff water at the building site is collected in an underground tank, filtered, and released at a drip back into the environment, reducing potential pollution flowing into rivers, streams and surrounding land.
• Fly ash, a coal burning byproduct, is used to replace up to 50 percent of the cement used in the concrete for the building, reducing landfill disposal of solid waste, energy used to produce the concrete, and the use of natural resources that would otherwise be used in concrete.
• Elimination of light pollution, avoiding disruption of nocturnal environment and migratory patterns.
• Chemical free cleaning and laundry products used throughout.
• More than 90 percent of the hotel interiors capture natural daylight and have access to outdoor views.
• Exclusive use of non-CFC producing refrigerants.
• Wind power accounts for more than 35 percent of power purchased for the hotel.
• Eighty percent recycled content in the steel used throughout the building structure.
• Reduced particle pollution through use of off-site cutting, and prefabricated walls are manufactured in an enclosed shop.
• Fifty percent of construction waste will be reused or recycled.
• Hotel Terra uses renewable or recycled materials, including bamboo, marble or granite chips, crushed glass, teak, and even seatbelts in finishes throughout the Hotel.

Go to Hotel Terra Jackson Hole.