LEED Silver EBOM Certification at The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Purpose of the project

The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa is the first resort property in Hawaii (and only the third resort in the United States) to achieve LEED® Silver EBOM status and the first Host LEED® certified property.

Approach

In 2014, the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa became the first resort property in Hawaii (and the third in the nation) to achieve LEED® Silver EBOM status. The project is notable because an alternative compliance pathway to LEED® minimum energy efficiency standards was granted – setting an important precedent and removing historical challenges for hotels and resorts seeking LEED® certification.

The receipt of LEED® Silver EBOM certification reflects a two year effort made by Hyatt Regency Maui associates, managers, and executives, and the integration of many leading-edge, sustainability design and operational elements that have enhanced the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa’s environmental performance, such as (1) new reduced flow showerheads in all guest rooms; (2) motion-sensing air conditioning that turns off when lanai doors are open or when guests leave the room; (3) redirecting heat from the hotel’s air-conditioning units to heat the swimming pools; (4) non-turf landscaping; (5) an intelligent weather-based, real-time irrigation system; (6) conversion to LED lighting; (7) digital signage to replace print signage; (8) providing guests with complimentary digital newspapers available through mobile devices; and (9) diverting food waste from landfills through donations to local pig farms.

However, we believe that the primary contributor to the milestone of the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa receiving LEED® Silver EBOM certification was the resort’s diligent commitment to implementing widespread behavioral changes into the resort’s operations and management culture.

Results

- Energy savings from behavioral change initiatives as well as features such as the motion-sensing air conditioning in guest rooms and energy efficient lighting make the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa 30% more energy efficient compared to similar resorts.
- Water savings from the installation of reduced flow showerheads in all guest rooms are expected to be in excess of six million gallons of water annually.
- Food waste diverted from landfill and donated to a local pig farms is estimated to be approximately 1,500 pounds each day.
- Low flow water fixtures, non-turf landscaping and the installation of an intelligent, weather-based irrigation system combined with grey water use help make the resort 34% more water efficient than comparable resorts.
- Sustainable procurement reduces the environmental impact of cleaning products and ongoing consumables. 65% of cleaning products and 70% of ongoing consumables on the property are certified sustainable.

 

“Our development of an alternative approach to benchmarking building energy performance enabled the achievement of our first LEED Silver EBOM certification at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa. As the first resort to receive this designation in Hawaii, it also set an important precedent for existing hotels and resorts seeking LEED certification and demonstrates our commitment to environmental stewardship and leadership in the area of sustainability.”

- Joanne Hamilton, Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Executive Champion of Corporate Responsibility Host Hotels