LEED Hotel Planned for Williamsburg
A new hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, designed by Oppenheim Architecture + Design, is set to gain Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification from the US Green Building Council.
Scheduled for completion in 2015, key sustainability features include vertical access wind turbines, a green roof designed for vegetative growth, rainwater collection and reuse, grey water treatment and reuse, high-performance double-glazing, and geothermal and solar power.
Williamsburg certainly attracted attention last year when Williamsburg Hotel, Brooklyn’s first full-service urban resort boutique hotel, opened in October. Billed as a veritable hipster magnet, new hotels such as this are an attempt to lure travellers away from the pricey options of Manhattan. Whether sustainability will prove enough of an incentive to bring travellers to Brooklyn remains to be seen.