First opened in 2008, Element is a new eco-friendly hotel chain from Westin. The first three have opened in Boston, Houston and Las Vegas.
“Cost-efficient, environmentally friendly building construction and operations were at the core of the development of the Element hotel concept with the goal of creating a healthier, greener environment to benefit both guests and associates,” said Brian McGuinness, Senior Vice President of Element Hotels.
The design uses cost effective measures to improve environmental sustainability. They have adopted water conservation practices inside and outside the hotel. Element has also reduced energy consumption by installing high-efficiency heating, ventilating and air conditioning system.
Health concerns led to the use of paints, adhesives and carpeting systems that minimize airborne pollutants. They also use a green housecleaning method to reduce the use of hazardous chemical contaminants.
Each room features a full size kitchen with Energy Star appliances, designed to maximize space that can be used in multiple ways and has recycling bins for paper, plastic and glass. The hotels offer priority parking to hybrid vehicles.
Over 20 of these green hotels are set to open in the next three years. Construction is underway in Abu Dhabi, New York and Toronto. Element strives to build each of their hotels to the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program’s standards.
The Element Lexington was just awarded the Gold Certification by the council for its “superior performance in areas including water and energy conservation and improved indoor environmental quality measures”. It was the first Starwood Hotel, owner of Element Hotels and W, to be gold certified.
“We are actively transferring the learnings derived from this working laboratory of green development across our portfolio of nine world-class brands,” said McGuinness.