There are more and more green hotels out there these days, but Fairmont Hotels isn’t a newcomer to the concept, as its Canadian hotels pioneered the line’s Green Partnership program way back in 1990. This comprehensive policy was designed to minimize its hotels’ impact on the planet and includes a guidebook on sustainable best practices in the lodging industry.
Now the luxury hotel line is going one better–and keeping up with today’s focus on green buildings–with a new Sustainable Design Policy intended to establish a formalized, worldwide policy for all hotels with an eye towards achieving green certifications recognized worldwide, such as the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification. In doing so, Fairmont Hotels aims to support its pledge to reduce operational CO2 emissions as a member of World Wildlife Fund’s Climate Savers program.
In addition to promoting green building certification systems for all of Fairmont’s new hotels, this new Sustainable Design policy includes new eco-criteria and checklists for renovation projects and property retrofits, consultation during the design brief and construction process, as well as the creation of a green build best practices repository which will serve as a resources for all of its hotels, engineers, developers, project leads and architects.
The line recently put these new standards to work in the Fairmont Pittsburgh, a new hotel that opened last year and Fairmont’s first to achieve LEED certification. Sustainable design features include energy efficient lighting and appliances, enzyme-based waste systems, furnishings and other amenities made from recycled, organic or sustainable material, and the use of low-VOC finishes throughout.
A Fairmont-managed hotel in London, The Savoy, also began a multi-year restoration program this past October under this standard which will include several new green technologies, including a waste management system that recycles up to 90 per cent of waste from the hotel and a new combined heat and power (CHP) plant expected to cut the hotel’s pull on the grid by around 50%.