The Dallas Hotel that Green Built

With the green building legislation passed in Dallas, all new construction must meet certain standards for IAQ (indoor-air quality), amount of VOCs (volatile organic compounds), water conservation and many others.  With the products created to promote green building, however, even a hotel can be green.Say “No” To Carpet Many hotels have carpet flooring.  However, carpets hold in dust, which creates a build up of dust mite allergens that cause asthma and absorbs toxic pollutants from the surrounding environment.  Wood, linoleum and cork are beautiful alternatives, with the use of rugs (such as jute) for accents.  Recently, bamboo has become one of the greenest, renewable resources for healthy flooring.Recycle Those WallsYes, your Dallas hotel’s walls can be green.  Over one hundred wall coverings, made of 100% pre-consumer recycled content, are available to fit the color and style needs of the hotel.  The stylish coverings release minimal pollutants into the air and have self-adhesive backing, which means no smelly, messy paste.Singing in the ShowerMany showerheads designed for green building and water conservation use half the water of a conventional showerhead.  Low-flow showerheads can use as little as 1.5 gpm, come in as many styles and options as a conventional, and most for the same price.  Better performance for your guests, more savings for you, less burden on our water resources.Sitting on the ThroneCurrently, the mandate for toilets is 1.6 gpf (gallons per flush).  However, many HETs (high efficiency toilets) perform above the mandate, using 20% less than that.  Some dual-flush toilets use as little as 0.8 gpf.  In addition, most HET toilets are made to flush quietly; especially important in hotels were rooms are back to back and the noise may disturb other guests.Green building has never been easier; the only limit is what you’re willing to put into it.

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