Cape Town hotel is the world’s greenest

Hotel Verde, close to Cape Town International Airport, is the world’s greenest hotel. It is the only hotel on the planet to receive a double-platinum certificate from a US authority for its sustainability efforts.

Hotel Verde boasts an environmentally-conscious building management system, for which is was awarded a second LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Platinum Green Building Certificate by the United States Green Building Council. LEED is a green building certification programme recognising best-in-class building strategies.

The 145-room hotel was built with environmentally sustainable materials. Hotel Verde also has three 17-meter tall wind turbines that produce renewable energy, saves thousands of kilowatts of electricity a year and 6,000 litres of water daily. Solar panels cover its north façade and roof. Furthermore, the building uses air pumped from 100 boreholes, each 65m deep. This ventilation system controls heating and cooling of the entire complex. Certain sections of the building can be switched off when not in use.

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