In August 2, 2010 the Strater Hotel (est. 1887) reached an historic first by Going Green and receiving the EPS’s Energy Star Rating, the most recognized national metric for evaluating building energy efficiency. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Energy Star-labeled hotels are independently verified to meet strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the agency. Hotels that have earned the Energy Star perform in the top 25 percent of hotels nationwide, use at least 35 percent less energy, and emit at least 35 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than their peers.
As a member of the Historic Hotels of America, the Strater Hotel is the only member hotel to achieve this high rating of energy efficiency. Meeting Energy Star requirements are not easy for historic hotels to achieve, considering all properties are required to be more than 50 years old to qualify for the historic register. Management set a goal for the hotel to decrease the size of its carbon footprint and set a new standard for energy efficiency amongst historic hotels. Also, as a cornerstone of the Durango historic district, the goal was to meet the needs of the community and of visitors attracted to the Durango way of life.
Much of the energy efficient upgrades include changing light bulbs to low wattage compact fluorescent bulbs, utilizing a large hot water storage tank to preheat water, and changing out windows for ones with an increased R value. Another first includes the use of heated windows in the Strater’s fine dining restaurant, the Mahogany Grille. The heated windows allow the restaurant to use less gas heat to keep the room comfortable. The Strater Hotel continues to research and look for opportunities to be energy efficient and environmentally friendly while sustaining its historic beauty and treasures.
Going Green Information and Facts
- Only commercial building in the Four Corner’s Region to receive the EPA’s Energy Star rating for energy efficiency in 2010
- Only Historic Hotels of America member to receive a 2010 Energy Star rating
- To qualify for the Energy Star, a building must score in the top 25 percent based on EPA’s National Energy Performance Rating System
- To determine performance of a facility, EPA compared energy use among other, similar types of facilities on a scale of 1-100
- Buildings that achieve a score of 75 or higher may be eligible for the Energy Star
- Strater Hotel achieved a score of 81 out of 100