Dunton Hot Springs achieved LEED Gold certification for its sustainability and environmental stewardship commitment.
Dunton Hot Springs, the exclusive Relais & Chateaux resort in the San Juan Mountains, has received the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council® (USGBC) for its water efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and energy, material, and transportation performance. Dunton Hot Springs is the first existing building hotel project in Colorado to certify under the newest version of LEED, v4.1. This new LEED rating system is more rigorous than its previous iteration. It has updated performance thresholds and reference standards and a new system incorporating performance reporting to enable building owners to track progress toward environmental, social, and governance goals.
In its ratings, Dunton Hot Springs achieved high marks for its Energy Performance, underscoring that all the electricity used by the property – and all its sister properties in Colorado – is generated by 100% renewable energy. Additionally, Dunton Hot Springs scored highly for its Indoor Environmental Quality, which addresses design strategies and environmental factors—such as air quality, lighting quality, acoustic design, and control over one’s surroundings—that influence the way people learn, work and live.
“We are honored to receive LEED Gold certification for our commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship,” said Edoardo Rossi, Executive Vice President of Dunton Destinations. “Reducing our impact on the environment has been part of our mission since Dunton Hot Springs opened more than 20 years ago, and we are proud to place it a bit more front and center with the official certification from the USGBC.”
Guestrooms in Chuck’s Cabin feature rich fabrics and decor that complement the building’s original timber that dates back to the late 1800s.
The resort’s commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship is a model for the hospitality industry. Underscoring its ethos of continued adaptive reuse, Dunton Hot Springs recently unveiled the “new” Chuck’s Cabin accommodation, a 130-year-old log cabin meticulously restored and redesigned to offer incomparable stays. With its addition, Chuck’s Cabin is the first new guest cabin to join Dunton Hot Springs since opening in 2001.
“Achieving LEED certification is more than just implementing sustainable practices. It represents a commitment to making the world a better place and influencing others to do better,” said Peter Templeton, president and CEO of USGBC. “Given the extraordinary importance of climate protection and the central role buildings play in that effort, Dunton Hot Springs is creating a path forward through their LEED certification.”
To learn more about the LEED ratings and view Dunton Hot Springs’ scorecard, click here.