LEED CERTIFIED HOTEL - AND MORE!
Since 2010, our LEED Certified hotel has been committed to demonstrating best practices in sustainable, efficient and innovative environmental practices. A dedicated green committee meets regularly to continue to develop ways Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne can be more environmentally friendly.
Sustainable Project Highlights & Green Initiatives Include:
- Majority of building materials utilized recycled content
- Used 100% recycled steel materials during construction
- All materials used within project were low-VOC
- More than 73.64% of building materials were sourced within a 500-mile radius of project site
- Fitness room floor is 100% made from recycled woven PVC
- Entry mats are made from recycled tires
- Graphics on the bar wall and re:fuel walls are made from 100% plastic bottles (better known as eco resin)
- The spheres at the front of the hotel are made from recycled concrete
- Wood floor under the pool table area is made from scrap plywood
- Wallpaper in meeting room and fitness center is made from recycled vinyl
- Through enhanced building performance measures including high-performance building envelope, high-efficiency mechanical systems, high-efficiency elevators and lighting, Aloft will consume 23.2% less energy over a baseline building designed to meet ASHRAE energy standards
- To achieve carbon neutral construction, renewable energy credits were purchased to offset 100% of temporary construction electricity utilization
- Project reduced carbon emissions by 1,846,655 pounds or 838 metric tons
- White TPO Membrane roof reflects light and heat
- Hotel key serves as a master switch to conserve electricity
- All equipment is ENERGY STAR-certified
- Installed motion/occupancy sensors in all closets, public restrooms, store rooms and offices
- Building automated system (BAS), Tridium Base Software, controls all temperatures in public areas of the hotel. This hotel is one of 40 buildings within Bissell that is interconnected using the Tridium system.
- Amana DigiSmart system allows hotel to set the temperature in all rooms via a wireless mesh
- Rooms have occupancy sensors so when the room is not occupied, the air conditioning will turn off to save energy and then adjust to the desired temperature as soon as the room is occupied again.
- Keep blinds in guest rooms mostly closed during the summer and then in the winter open the blinds all the way up to allow the heat to enter the guest rooms so we can be more energy
efficient with heating/cooling throughout the hotel
- Utilize electric golf carts and hybrid equipment for landscaping purposes
- Converting all lighting to LED and CFL by March 15 (over 75% of hotel is complete)
- Through a combination of native plant xeriscaping and storm water runoff harvested through the impervious surfaces of the site, the irrigation system has been designed to drastically reduce potable water consumption
- By using low-flow faucets, showerheads and urinals, it is estimated that over 510,700 gallons of potable water will be saved annually
- Hotel’s irrigation water is used from Bissell’s detention ponds, recapturing 60% of runoff to reuse for irrigation and main water supply purposes
- Use an ozone laundry support system, reducing chemical usage by 50% and reducing reclaim by 60%. System allows hotel to wash with cold water only; wash cycles are shorter and use 20 gallons less water per load. Hotel also saves 10 minutes per dryer load. This leads to savings in labor and considerable savings in natural gas usage.
- Recently implemented Starwood’s Make A Green Choice (MAGC) program where guests can get 250 SPG points or a $5 Food & Beverage voucher if they decline housekeeping service each day of their stay for multiple night stays. Hotel is currently averaging a 60% take rate for this option to go green. This will result in savings in laundry, labor, amenities, water and energy usage.
- 707.35 tons of construction debris was recycled/salvaged, accounting for more than 85.55% of all waste generated from construction activities
- Recycle all plastic, glass, paper and cardboard on a daily basis
- Recycle batteries and all fluorescent lighting
- Recycled materials such as flip charts and pencils are used in our meeting spaces
- Bathrooms feature in-shower product dispensers to eliminate waste
- Recycle used soap through participation in the Clean the World program
- Email guest folios instead of printing them
- Hotel’s accounting department scans checks versus printing them and has implemented wire payments to over 90% of vendors
- Recently began composting initiative at bar and in kitchen working with Bissell Land Services
- Approved a new bio-additive which will make our already recycled amenity bottled waters biodegradable.
Contribution to Local Environment and Community
- Use native & adaptable landscaping
- Access to 16 miles of sidewalks and bike paths throughout Ballantyne Corporate Park
- Located within walking distance of retail shopping, 40 restaurants, the YMCA, walking trails, parks and ponds
- Laundry and housekeeping supplies are products that offer the “Green Seal Guarantee” which ensures safety of its products, packaging and operations
- Shuttle van is a BlueTec diesel Mercedes-Benz 12-passenger Sprinter that is the most efficient passenger van in the nation. It neutralizes emissions before they are exhausted to the atmosphere. Hotel also utilizes a six-passenger golf cart whenever possible to save on emissions
- Feature designated parking spaces for hybrid vehicles and bicycle parking
- Recently installed two electric car chargers
- Two beehives have been relocated next to Bissell’s flower garden at the north end of the hotel
- When hotel’s grease trap is emptied, the waste is reused for fertilizer for local farms
- Associates participate in monthly community service activities
- Team Partner in participating in the “Clean the World” initiative – donating all used guestroom soap to this partner who then processes the soap and distributes to children in need in third world countries