Our readers know we enjoy highlighting LEED certified luxury hotels & resorts for your vacation consideration and as great places to enjoy your bamboo Casualmere® clothing
LEED certification is by independent 3rd party verification that a facility is environmentally responsible, profitable, and a healthy place to live and work.
The 62-room Bardessono luxury Hotel, Restaurant & Spa in downtown Yountville in Napa Valley, California wine country, is not only LEED certified but is one of only 4 hotels LEED Platinum Certified, the highest level of Eco-responsibility. Casualmere® brand loves this Eco-effort.
The Bardessono includes a 92-seat restaurant and spa. It is located on a five-acre site with luxurious guest rooms …each designed for private in-room spa services. The restaurant offers meals based on local, farm-fresh ingredients.
There is a rooftop pool for lounging and dining.
Unique “Green” resort” offerings include: …carbon fiber bicycles …on-site producing gardens …and the inspired taste of artisan-crafted coffee. Bardessono is all this as well as a significant national model of green building and operating practices.
The hotel has been designed to achieve the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design’s (LEED) Platinum certification, the highest standard for environmental design,
Bardessono’s design minimizes the impact of construction and design and integrates advanced environmental technologies. Some of the “Green” initiatives are not obvious at first glance. An underground geothermal system heats and cools the guest rooms …spa …and the hot water. Almost no offsite energy is used.
Hidden on the flat rooftops are 940 solar panels that provide significant amounts of the hotel’s electrical demand. Occupancy sensors in guest rooms automatically decrease energy consumption when guests are not in their rooms.
- Gorgeous woods used throughout the hotel are milled from salvaged trees.
- Non-toxic, non-allergenic materials were used in construction.
- Organic linens and cleaning supplies and recycling and composting programs are standard.
- Products in the restaurant and spa are sourced primarily from local organic or sustainable producers.
Heating & Cooling: The goal for the Bardessono project is to reduce the demand for external energy supplies …electricity …gas or oil by at least half of what a typical hotel consumes.
The large amount of glass used in each building reduces the daytime requirement for electrical lighting. LED …halogen …and fluorescent bulbs are used in light fixtures throughout the property. The use of solar energy is maximized by covering roofs with the most efficient solar panels available. This 200-kilowatt solar energy system provides approximately one-half the total electrical energy requirement of the property.
Salvaged Monterey Cypress has been milled into siding used on the exterior of several buildings. These are trees that otherwise would have been ground up or burned.
Walnut trees that were pulled out by farmers at the end of their production life have been milled into the hotel’s flooring, rather than being burned. Veneers of the Walnut grace the entry doors into the guest rooms and to several public rooms.
- Redwood recycled from wine casks has been used on the ceilings of some of the public spaces within the hotel, and on several public room doors.
- Salvaged California Bay trees have become cut slabs for the desks in the guest rooms. The large tables in the public areas and dining room tables have all come from salvaged trees.
- Concrete used on the property has significant recycled fly ash content and the steel has a high recycled content.
“Green” initiatives in place at the Bardessono are discussed extensively on their web site along with all the luxury aspects of this wine country luxury respite.
This a great place to further enjoy your travel-perfect, Eco-clothing from Casualmere® bamboo clothing and feel like you are participating in “Green” practices as well as enjoying this Eco-stay.
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