Inhabitat previously covered the construction of the luxurious Bardessono Hotel in Napa Valley with its cornucopia of environmentally friendly measures — from automated thermostats and LED lighting to salvaged local materials and solar and geothermal renewable energy. Since then, Bardessono was awarded LEED Platinum Certification, the highest standard of environmental design. At the time, it was one of only three hotels in the world have achieved this certification.
On an interesting side note, Bardessono’s solar panels represent a real world compromise that even the most ambitious green building dreams are often subjected to. Approached by Bardessono, solar installer Premier Power initially designed a solar system with tilted rooftop panels for maximum energy output. However, rising material costs soon made the design unfeasible. Rather than scrapping solar altogether, Premier Power and Bardessono found a building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) solution that qualified for a 30% investment tax credit and allowed Bardessono to move forward.
The 200kw flat rooftop system supplies half the property’s total energy usage, offsetting 21,000 gallons of oil and preventing 400,000 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions each year. Other green features include an underground geothermal system for heating and cooling needs, low water use fixtures, energy efficient and natural lighting, sensor-equipped rooms to reduce unneeded energy use, and eco-friendly building materials salvaged from local wine operations.
The hotel’s daily operations are equally green and emphasize organic cleaning supplies, recycling, and composting programs, with carbon fiber bicycles available for guests to explore the property’s many on site-producing gardens. An expansive rooftop pool and on-site restaurant featuring local, farm-fresh ingredients affirm Bardessono’s status a unique luxury getaway, proving that neither comfort nor the environment need be sacrificed for one another.