Montage Deer Valley earns Silver LEED Certification |

Montage Deer Valley earns Silver LEED Certification

Megan Yeiter , The Park Record

Montage Deer Valley is the first hotel in Utah to obtain the Silver level Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) under the New Construction V2.2 category, according to Mark Slymen, Montage Technical Services & Sustainability director.

Slymen said the hotel worked through the long process with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in order to apply the LEED standard in the Luxury hospitality industry.

The LEED standards coincided with Montage values, he said.

"They reinforced how we want to work with the environment and enhance the property," he said.

Slymen said the hotel earned 35 points for its Silver Certification. To achieve the certification the hotel had to attain at least 33 points.

"A lot of these things we would do regardless. The LEED Certification brings to light the things that the guests expect of us. We don’t take these things for granted and we want the guest to enjoy their stay," he said.

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Slymen explained that the hotel earned five bonus points in the Innovation and Design category for implementing green cleaning products, a landscaping management plan and for creating a policy to educate its employees regarding environmental purchasing from the hotel’s vendors.

According to Slymen, the hotel received 11 out of 14 points in the Sustainable Sites category. He said two out of the 11 points were awarded for protecting and restoring habitat and maximizing open space.

Slymen said the Green Building Council looks at the overall footprint of the building when awarding points for the development site area.

Throughout the construction process last year, the hotel contained and filtered water runoff through its Stormwater Management Plan, which Slymen said the EPA monitored carefully.

He said the hotel also looked at water fixtures within code regulations and installed faucet aerators in the sinks along with water conserving toilets, urinals and showerheads.

"We take a very strategic approach for water, using the most efficient way to save water while not compromising the guest’s experience," Slymen said.

He said the hotel uses halogen and fluorescent bulbs in selected areas and a computer-run dimming program, a Lutron GRAFIK Eye System, to control the lighting in public areas.

Each guest room has a Control4 technology system, which allows the guest to adjust the thermostat, light intensity, alarms, room temperature, privacy settings and fireplace.

It’s a way for each guest to control their own environment, which Slymen said helps the hotel save energy when the room is unoccupied.

He said the hotel’s energy consumption is more efficient than the basic building requirements.

"At this point, based on the model numbers for the LEED Certification, we ended up 19.1 percent more efficient than the code requirements," he said.

Slymen said the hotel did not install renewable energy panels because the way the roof is pitched, it would be hard to implement. But he said, the hotel purchases wind power through Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky renewable energy program.

The hotel worked with its general contractor, Layton Construction, to divert 82.8 percent of its onsite general construction waste from the landfill.

In an effort to support regional markets, Slymen said the hotel partnered with regional vendors for supplies.

"More than 21 percent of the building materials were extracted, harvested and manufactured from within 500 miles of the construction site," he said.

The hotel earned 7 out of 10 points in the Indoor Environmental Quality category, which Slymen said has to do with the overall design and construction of the interior spaces.

The hotel earned a credit in this category for indoor air quality, which he said ensures that the site is kept clean throughout the construction process.

The hotel submitted its LEED Certification application for design in August of 2009 and later submitted its application for construction-related credits in May of 2011.

"I think regardless of the site, our feeling is that it should almost become a standard in constructing buildings and how you operate them," Slymen said.