CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.—Vision Hospitality Group’s Hampton Inn & Suites Chattanoooga/Downtown received Silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification for New Construction on Sept. 25, distinguishing the property as the first to achieve this status in the City of Chattanooga.
“Seeking Silver LEED Certification was a priority for our flagship property,” Vision president & CEO Mitch Patel said in an announcement. “We have always sought to be leaders and innovators in the hotel industry and place sustainability and community stewardship at the head of each project, which is exemplified by this significant achievement at the Hampton Inn & Suites Chattanooga/Downtown.”
The property’s architect, Craig Peavy of River Street Architecture in Chattanooga, explained that there are several features that qualified the Hampton Inn & Suites Chattanoooga/Downtown for Silver certification, including: Large guestroom and ground floor windows that increase the use of daylight and therefore help decrease the amount of energy used to light the building; High efficiency units and heat wheel energy recovery equipment that have been installed to recover energy that would normally be lost; A system that collects and temporarily holds storm water runoff; Low flow faucets to limit the amount of water used in all the property’s sinks; A hotel roof that reflects the sun’s heat so it is easier to cool the building; Exterior LED light fixtures.
“With much thanks to our corporate team, architect and property general manager, we have succeeded in fulfilling our vision to achieve this LEED status,” Patel said. “Accomplishments such as this not only adhere to our company’s core values, but also encourage and motivate us to further Vision’s goal to be the best, most respected hotel company in America.”
The Hampton Inn & Suites additionally leverages Hilton Worldwide’s LightStay sustainability program, which helps reduce the property’s environmental footprint by tracking and analyzing operational practices, such as housekeeping, paper product usage, food waste, chemical storage, air quality, and transportation.