Miami Welcomes First LEED-certified Hotel
- Oct 12, 2012
The 221-room Hampton Inn & Suites Miami Brickell-Downtown was recently awarded LEED Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, becoming the first LEED-certified hotel within the city of Miami. Located at 50 S.W. 12th Street in Downtown Miami’s Brickell Financial District, the Hampton Inn & Suites is owned by Hospitality Operations Inc. and managed by Tennessee-based management group Hospitality America Inc.
Less than one year after opening its doors, there is evidence the hotel’s green investments are paying off. Overall energy savings are 16 percent below the property’s initial budget and 20 percent below LEED baseline building performance requirements.
Actual water consumption is 17 percent below budget thanks to low-flow water fixtures, efficient washing machines and a 35,000-gallon cistern that harvests rainwater for irrigation purposes. Natural gas costs are 49 percent below budget, the result of high-efficiency boilers and a laundry system that uses less hot water and reduces drying time. And electricity costs, the largest source of energy consumption for hotels, are 11 percent below budget.
In addition to its eco-friendly design and construction features, the Hampton Inn & Suites Miami Brickell-Downtown is centrally located within walking distance to several public transit systems—with Metromover and Metrorail stations less than a block away from the hotel. Guests also have direct train access to and from Miami International Airport with the new AirportLink, a 2.4-mile extension of the Metrorail system. The hotel’s close proximity to dozens of retail, restaurant and entertainment options creates a pedestrian-friendly atmosphere.
“Downtown Miami is one of the world’s most dynamic hotel markets, with more and more visitors from around the world looking to our urban core as a destination each year,” said Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado. “Given this growth and international appeal, it’s only fitting that downtown is now home to our city’s first LEED-certified hotel. The Hampton Inn & Suites has set a new standard for hotel development in the city of Miami, and we hope to see a shift toward green design and construction across the broader hotel market.”
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