Historic New Mexico Hotel Goes LEED

The Hotel Andaluz in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has nightlife, fine dining, and Spanish-inspired architecture–and now, something no other historic hotel in the Southwest can lay claim to: LEED Gold certification.

The hotel–originally constructed in 1939–recently underwent a $30 million dollar renovationwith an eye on sustainability, focused around green design and construction features such as solar hot water, high performance windows, fluorescent and LED lighting and a state of the art energy management system.

image via Hotel Andaluz

The renovation also focused on reducing water use (always an issue for hotels), curbing its H20 consumption by an impressive 45%. It is also noted as being only the second historic hotel in the United States to get the LEED Gold certification.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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