On October 14th, the Ever Vail village, a Vail Resort planned development, received the highest Platinum rating by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Neighborhood Development (ND). The LEED-ND rating system acknowledged projects that combine environmental development and the neighborhood and the larger region beyond. Earlier, we also featured a story on the Proximity Hotel in North Carolina, the first hotel to receive a LEED Platinum rating by the Green Building Counsel.
Chief Executive Officer of Vail Resorts, Rob Katz, said “being awarded the highest level of green building certification by the U.S. Green Building Council speaks to the commitment Vail Resorts has to the environment and to the dedication, hard work and creativity of our Company’s development design team.”
The Platinum rating isn’t handed out to just anyone; Ever Vail is one of only two projects in the United States to receive it. Ever Vail received the stellar rating because their design team worked hard to incorporate sustainable practices into the village project, such as:
- Solar thermal collectors to heat water and power space heating
- Biomass from beetle-killed, local trees
- Reducing energy and water use of the buildings by 20-30 and 30-50 percent
- The reduction of vehicle use through a pedestrian friendly design
- Using only local materials to limit transportation-based pollution
- Committing to sustainable waste, water, and energy management
- Building at least 80 percent of the buildings to LEED-New Construction standards
Ever Vail Village will not only be a resort for peak-seasons, but a year-long community. Vail Resorts is trying to attract residents to their sustainable, pedestrian friendly community with one of the most affordable housing available in the valley area.
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