The Source Hotel recognizes its stewardship responsibilities to protect the environment and to enhance the character of the community without taxing the local ecology and its natural resources.
With a responsibility in mind, The Source Hotel has pursued LEED Certification. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED promotes sustainable building and development practices and recognizes projects that implement strategies for better environmental and health performance.
During construction, low emitting materials were selected to reduce VOC off-gassing, including low or no VOC adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, and flooring to provide superior indoor air quality throughout the building. Additionally, materials with recycled content were given preference over virgin materials, products that were extracted and manufactured within 500 miles of The Source Hotel were specified whenever possible to support regional economies while providing consideration to transportation related emissions when sourcing products, and precautions were taken during construction to protect absorptive materials installed in the building.
Additionally, The Source Hotel provides ample bicycle storage and changing rooms for staff and visitors, to promote reduced single passenger use and thereby carbon emissions. Occupants of the building have also been given a high level of controllability in both lighting and HVAC system to increase occupant comfort in both individual and occupant spaces. Additionally, The Source Hotel has installed high efficiency flow and flush fixtures to reduce indoor water demand. To conserve outdoor water use, The Source Hotel has installed irrigation systems specifically designed to conserve water, in addition to native and adaptive plants on site.