Eco-conscious guests can book a room at this zero-carbon hotel

More and more people are thinking about their environmental impact when they travel. Now hotels realize this. The first thing you’ll notice about the Hotel Marcel in New Haven, Connecticut is its unique architecture. The famous architect Marcel Breuer designed it in the 1960s as an office building. Over the decades it changed hands and then sat empty for many years until it was taken over by Bruce Becker. The architect and developer gave the interior of the old structure a modern makeover and opened it as an eco-friendly hotel. It is self-powered, uses no fossil fuels, and aims to be the country’s first zero-carbon hotel. “I wanted to make sure that if I build a building that will stay here for a while. Not only will it be beautiful, but it will also be beautiful for the environment,” says Becker. Every inch of the hotel is designed with the environment in mind. Solar panels on the roof maintain the current. Electric heat pumps and triple-glazed windows moderate the temperature. There are electric car chargers, an electric shuttle and even the kitchen has an electric cooker instead of a gas cooker. While all of this may seem expensive, Becker says it pays for itself. “It also reduces our energy costs. If you don’t use electricity, you clean that up, you don’t have an electric bill, which helps financially,” Becker said. Since opening in May, the “no footprint” approach has attracted customers. “Environmentally, it’s very appealing to me to be somewhere that doesn’t leave a footprint on our environment, that’s incredibly important,” says guest Edward McLaughlin. carbon emissions. But he thinks others could follow his lead and set a new standard for hotels in the future.

More and more people are thinking about their environmental impact when they travel. Now hotels realize this.

The first thing you’ll notice about the Hotel Marcel in New Haven, Connecticut is its unique architecture. The famous architect Marcel Breuer designed it in the 1960s as an office building. Over the decades it changed hands and then sat empty for many years until it was taken over by Bruce Becker. The architect and developer gave the interior of the old structure a modern makeover and opened it as an eco-friendly hotel. It is self-powered, uses no fossil fuels, and aims to be the country’s first zero-carbon hotel.

“I wanted to make sure that if I build a building that will stay here for a while. Not only will it be beautiful, but it will also be beautiful for the environment,” Becker said.

Every square inch of the hotel is designed with the environment in mind. Solar panels on the roof maintain the current. Electric heat pumps and triple-glazed windows moderate the temperature. There are electric car chargers, an electric shuttle and even the kitchen has an electric cooker instead of a gas cooker. While all of this may seem expensive, Becker says it pays for itself.

“It also reduces our energy costs. If you don’t use electricity, you clean that up, you don’t have an electric bill, which helps financially,” Becker said.

Since opening in May, the “no-footprint” approach has been attracting customers. “Environmentally, it’s very appealing to me to be somewhere that doesn’t leave a footprint on our environment, that’s incredibly important,” says guest Edward McLaughlin.

Becker says it will take a year of testing to confirm his building is truly zero carbon emissions.

But he thinks others could follow his lead and set a new standard for hotels in the future.

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