Is the new Planet Traveler hostel, set to open sometime in the next month or so in Toronto, Canada the greenest hotel in North America? That’s the bold claim by green entrepreneur, venture capitalist and author Tom Rand. Rand, who recently published Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit: Ten Clean Technologies to Save Our World, is trying to walk the walk in developing his vision for greener lodging.
Calling Planet Traveler a hotel that surpasses LEED Platinum, Rand and partner Anthony Aarts strove to reduce the building’s energy consumption by 75 percent. The 19th century building being retrofitted for this project, which blogTO recently got a sneak peek of, is leaning heavily on geothermal heating and cooling for its HVAC needs. There’s also on site solar thermal and solar panels, high-efficiency lighting and drain-water heat recapture.
Rand notes that this 114-bed hostel does not skimp on creature comforts for the sake of eco-friendliness. For example, he said that “the rooftop bar and deck, with its wraparound view of the city’s skyline, sits atop four floors of stylishly appointed rooms, both shared and private.”
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