Evansville Hotel Earns LEED Certification

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Evansville-based Dunn Hospitality Group says one of its hotels is the first in the state to earn LEED certification. The Hampton Inn Evansville Airport received the U.S. Green Building Council distinction for its energy conservation features, including water and energy efficiency and material use. July 1, 2013

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. - Dunn Hospitality Group is happy to announce the Hampton Inn Evansville Airport which opened in August 2011 has achieved LEED certification, as recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). It is the first hotel property in Indiana to earn this recognition for sustainable building design, construction and operations. The Hampton Inn Evansville Airport received its LEED certification on June 10, 2013. The hotel incorporated a variety of sustainable design strategies to achieve the certification, including categories in energy use, lighting, water and material use. LEED certified buildings save money and energy, decrease CO2 emissions, improve water efficiency and indoor environmental quality for hotel guests, mployees and the community.

"We are thrilled with this acknowledgement and look forward to continuing to be a sustainability leader in the hospitality segment," said John Dunn, CEO of the Dunn Hospitality Group. "Guests at The Hampton Inn Evansville Airport can rest assured their stay will have less of an impact on the environment."

The Hampton Inn Evansville Airport was developed and is owned by Dunn Hospitality Group. Gaining LEED certification for this hotel was based on a variety of design and construction elements that produce a positive impact on the community and building itself. These include:

-An in-room energy management system which automatically powers down air conditioning systems when guests are not in their rooms

-Energy Star-qualified compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) and LED lighting, televisions and other appliances

-Low-flow water fixtures, toilets, and faucets that reduce water usage by a third

-Bicycle rack, showers and changing facilities to encourage employees to bike and walk to work

-More than 40 percent of the products utilized during construction were purchased, assembled and manufactured within 500 miles of the site, limiting the transportation impact while improving the local economy.

-Hotel has a cool roof, a reflective surface which reduces heat transference

-The hotel facility is 100 percent non-smoking.

-Low emitting (VOC) materials (glues, sealants, woods) were used during the construction.

-Landscaping utilizes native plants, reducing the need for watering.

-The hotel is conveniently located in proximity to public transportation and provides a shuttle to guests that limits the need for car use.

-The hotel provides preferred parking places for fuel efficient and high occupancy vehicles.

Dunn Hopspitality Group owns and operates 5 hotels in Evansville and one in Columbus, IN. In operation for over 35 years, Dunn Hospitality has become the "Premiere Hospitality Company in the Midwest."

For more information on the hotel visit https://www.facebook.com/HamptonInnAirport or contact Laci Maldonado, General Manager, at (812) 464-1010.

Source: Dunn Hospitality Group