Andaz earns LEED Silver

Andaz Maui at Wailea has earned the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification, the resort announced last week.

“With very few LEED certified hotels in Hawaii, we have a tremendous sense of accomplishment that our efforts surrounding energy efficiency have paid off,” General Manager Michael Stephens said in a statement.

The certification recognizes design, construction, maintenance and operations of “green” or environmentally-friendly buildings.

Andaz Maui at Wailea focuses on reducing energy and water consumption; minimizing waste and harmful emissions; and stressing sustainable design, the announcement said.

Noteworthy elements of securing the LEED Silver status include: reusing 93 percent of the existing hotel’s structural walls, floors and roof; an integrated master site approach offering ample open space for recreation, access to views and on-site stormwater; low-emitting materials such as adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, flooring systems and composite wood products; efficient energy system designs that cut energy costs by nearly 20 percent annually; an on-site renewable solar thermal system that provides almost 4 percent of annual energy costs.

Additionally, the resort employs a solar hot water system, variable speed chillers, motion sensor lighting control, LED lighting, low-flow plumbing fixtures, automatic in-room temperature control and guest room glassware made from recycled wine bottles.

Sustainability is the running theme not only in guest rooms but also at the ‘awili spa and salon, the kitchen and landscape. For example, coconuts are harvested locally, husked and drained to extract coconut water. The meat is dehydrated to create a body scrub and the remainder is fermented to produce coconut oil for massage.

The 297-room resort and spa is located on 15-acres of beachfront property along Mokapu Beach in South Maui. For more information, visit