6-Star Green Star SA certified Hotel Verde has just been awarded a second LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum Green Building Certification by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) making it the first hotel globally to achieve a double Platinum certification for LEED®.
The first Platinum certification was awarded in May 2014 for New Construction in the Green Building Design & Construction category. This established Hotel Verde as one of only six hotels in the world and the only hotel in Africa at the time, to receive this accolade. The second and most recent certification was awarded for the Existing Building Operations and Maintenance of the hotel, giving Hotel Verde their double Platinum status.
Hotel Verde’s ardent team have collectively gone above and beyond conventional industry practices by dedicating themselves to a sustainable work lifestyle. From stringent waste management and procurement policies to corporate responsibility campaigns, departmental sustainability, biodiversity maintenance and offering a carbon neutral hotel experience. Most importantly, it is the hotel’s aim to create an eco-friendly working environment in which staff health, happiness and productivity is optimised.
“I quickly realised that my dream to provide something luxurious and sustainable was not only possible, but it was also a business model worth sharing, with the potential to change lives and the industry as we know it,” says Mario Delicio, owner of both Hotel Verde, Cape Town Airport and Verde Hotels.
Sustainability consultant for Hotel Verde on the LEED submission, André Harms of Ecolution Consulting, said, “We had the opportunity at Hotel Verde, to look at everything from the ground up with regard to sustainability and efficiency with the commitment to operate sustainably. But The latest accolade showcases that Verde Hotels is ready to also optimise the operation and maintenance of existing buildings”.
“As a hotel management company, this certification has been fundamental in allowing us to provide our potential clients with the assurance that we deliver truly sustainable and commercially viable hospitality solutions,” says Delicio, “Managing a thrivable hotel means a higher return on investment, lower operational costs, better environmental quality, a lower carbon footprint and a higher PR and marketing value, all whilst safeguarding natural resources and uplifting local communities.”
The four-star property offers 145 rooms, conference facilities, restaurant, bar, indoor gym, outdoor jogging trail and gym equipment, with an eco-pool and 24-hour deli. Hotel Verde not only offers every luxury but also the added element of extensive green features such as Carbon Neutral Stays for Corporate and guests alike.