Come 2008, New York City will begin offering eco-conscious travelers its first green boutique hotel. Greenhouse 26 plans to land LEED Gold from the U.S. Green Building Council with its environmental practices—including conservation of energy, electricity, water, materials and waste.
Designed by Arpad Baksa of Arpad Baksa Architect, the Chelsea-based 19-story, 28 room hotel, will be the first to employ a geothermal heating and cooling system. Another design first: Thermal breaks on room terraces. U.S. buildings have not tried out this ingenius method, which uses a thermal barrier as insulation to prevent terraces from conducting outdoor heat or cold inside.
Other green amenities include high-tech occupancy sensors for individual rooms, which will also let staff know when rooms are empty for cleaning; certified organic products including soaps, towels, robes, and mattresses, a bar/cafe with exclusively organic fair and the one amenity I’m especially curious to find out more about: a 500-square-foot, first-floor roof garden.
The hotel will be located at 132 W. 26th Street. Opening is slated for Spring 2008.