Hotel Indigo, San Diego, United States
Roofs planted with low-maintenance plants such as sedums improve the thermal performance of buildings, helping to keep them cool in warm weather and insulating them in winter. The plants and the thin layer of soil also work like a sound barrier, particularly when they're wet, helping to reduce noise pollution. External solar shading systems prevent the sun’s rays entering the building and causing heat gain.
Case study: Hotel Indigo, San Diego
Hotel Indigo San Diego is topped with green roofs on the ninth and 12th floors, which will reduce energy consumption by cutting the need for heating/air conditioning and lowering the urban heat island effect. The hotel’s Phi Terrace Bar and meditation deck is also the world’s first installation of MoistureShield composite decking, made from recycled polyethylene plastic and recycled wood fibres.
The hotel's green features don't stop there and also include, terrace herb garden for use at Phi Bar and Bistro, operable floor-to-ceiling windows for natural lighting and ventilation, on-site recycling program, composting of organic matter, and reserved parking spaces/parking discounts for guests with low-emitting/fuel-efficient vehicles.