Creating a sustainable luxury hotel
Location: 219 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg; www.h2hotel.com
Owner: Piazza Hotel Group
Description: New construction of four-story, 32,000-square-foot hotel with meeting facilities, restaurant and retail space; designed to LEED Gold standards
Completion: July 2010
Architect: David Baker & Partners, San Francisco
General contractor: Midstate Construction Corp.
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HEALDSBURG -- The brand new, award-winning h2hotel opened its doors earlier this year ahead of schedule and well within budget to rave reviews.
H2hotel is owned by Piazza Hotel Group, the same owners of Hotel Healdsburg, the establishment that added a classy, modern touch to the historic city plaza. The newer sister hotel (the h2 in the name means “hotel number 2”), situated a couple of blocks off the plaza, goes several steps further in urban appeal, featuring a four-story sleek, ultra modern concrete exterior with generous accents of wood and glass capped off by a surprising rolling roofline.
This is not your mother’s hotel.
H2hotel is meant to attract more active, sustainability minded Wine Country tourists with its minimalist design, eco-chic decor and environmentally conscious details.
The hotel is designed to the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold standards for new construction to minimize its environmental impact through use of sustainable building materials, reduced energy and water use, and low waste generation. That wavy roof is more than a hip, aesthetic design element; it’s a combined living roof/cool roof with plants that filter rainwater, (conserving water while protecting the city’s storm drain system and nearby Foss Creek) and light-colored paving that keeps the overall building cooler.
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The hotel features 36 guest rooms and suites, meeting facilities and a lanai-like public commons area on the ground floor with a restaurant and bar as well as retail and business spaces. All the expected features and amenities of a well-appointed hotel are present – and all with a sustainable, environmentally conscious twist.
You can still opt for the elevator over the stairs, but you’ll be riding in a gearless traction system that requires 60 percent less energy than conventional elevators and is made out of recycled materials. If you do opt for the stairs, you’ll be treading on salvaged lumber used liberally throughout the hotel for flooring, decking and furnishings. All other non-reclaimed wood in the hotel was acquired through suppliers certified by the Forest Stewardship Council for responsible forest management.
The majority of all materials purchased or fabricated for the hotel came from within 100 miles of the site and contain mostly recycled content. All the interior paints, coatings, sealants and composite wood products are non-toxic with low VOCs (volatile organic compounds that can negatively affect human health and the environment).
All art and custom furnishings are made by local artisans. Guest rooms have smart sensors to switch off lights and air conditioning when the room is empty. Windows are dual pane with special glazing to maximize efficiency. Water carafes and glasses are made from recycled bottles. Rugs, curtains, sheets, towels and robes are made out of chemical-free, fair trade textiles and fibers. Water for showering in the guest rooms and swimming in the pool is solar heated.