First net-zero hotel in the U.S. to open this spring

by | 08 May 2022 | Hotel Projects, Projects

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What’s anticipated to become the first net-zero and passive house-certified hotel in the U.S. is set to make its debut in May.

Hotel Marcel New Haven, Tapestry Collection by Hilton will use solar power to generate energy for the property’s lighting, heating, cooling and hot water.

A leading example

Believed to be debuting as the first net-zero hotel in the United States, Hotel Marcel New Haven, Tapestry Collection by Hilton is leading the way in environmental responsibility. The property will utilise renewable solar power sources to generate all of its electricity.

Operating independent of fossil fuels, the property will emit zero carbon emissions and is expected to be the first Passive House-certified hotel in the country. The hotel will also be one of fewer than a dozen LEED Platinum-certified hotels in the country.

This eco-friendly hotel is the work of lead architect, developer and owner Bruce Redman Becker, FAIA, LEED AP of Becker + Becker who purchased the building and modernised it with sustainability in mind.

“We are all responsible for confronting the climate crisis, and that sense of obligation factored into every decision we made in creating Hotel Marcel New Haven,” said Becker.

“The opening of this revolutionary hotel, which is giving new life to a New Haven landmark, is a momentous occasion for travellers, the industry and the planet. Guests will be ensured a terrific hotel experience and can relax knowing that both they, and the environment, are being cared for during their stay.”

The 165-key property also home to common areas, a restaurant and 7,000 sq ft of event space is now accepting reservations for May 19, 2022 onwards. The hotel is operated by Remington Hotels.

Heritage meets eco-friendly design

The hotel takes over a building that opened in 1970 as the Armstrong Rubber Company Headquarters. Originally designed by Marcel Breuer, this site is now listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places.

The transformation of this heritage site has included the installation of a power-over-ethernet lighting system reducing lighting energy by more than 30%. Repurposed materials have been used throughout and upgrades have been made to enhance interior temperature control and air quality.

Becker + Becker and partner Dutch East Design set about retaining original elements of the site’s Brutalist architecture. The contemporary design now celebrates the site’s storied past.

Improving guest comfort as well as heightening its sustainable credentials, rooms feature triple-glazed windows. Adding to the property’s convenience, guests will also have access to 12 Tesla Superchargers or universal level-two chargers for their electric vehicles.

The hotel’s culinary offering also takes sustainability into account with its on-site American restaurant and lounge BLDG (pronounced “building”) offering dishes with locally-sourced ingredients alongside biodynamic and organic wines. The hotel also has a grab-and-go station offering sustainable snacks.

“Hotel Marcel New Haven is a major milestone for the Tapestry Collection by Hilton brand as the first anticipated net-zero hotel in the U.S.,” said Jenna Hackett, global brand head, Tapestry Collection by Hilton. “Each Tapestry Collection property displays an original style and personality while also encouraging guests to explore local destinations.”

“Hotel Marcel New Haven will connect travellers with the New Haven area while inspiring them to incorporate sustainability into every aspect of their stay. We look forward to celebrating this new and exciting chapter for this unique landmark with our guests.”

This property is a leading example of Hilton’s Travel with Purpose programme driving responsible travel and tourism.

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