The historic Armstrong Rubber Co. headquarters in New Haven, Connecticut, has been transformed into one of the greenest hotels in America, offering a model for how the hotel industry can help solve the climate crisis, says its developer, architect Bruce Redman Becker. The zero-emission Hotel Marcel has 165 rooms, a large conference center and a full-service restaurant and has earned both Passive House and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certifications. The building runs on 100% renewable electricity for lighting, heating, air-conditioning and hot water, with over 1,000 solar panels on its rooftop and parking canopies. Its low-power lighting system reduces lighting energy use by more than 30%, and its windows are triple-glazed. “Our operating costs are much lower than those of the average hotel in New Haven,” Becker says. “The pocketbook will inspire other developers and owners to sustainable design and operations.”

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