First Solar Powered Hotel In The US To Be Heated And Cooled By Geothermal Energy

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Built to incorporate renewable energy systems and other innovative technologies, The Hotel at Oberlin is designed to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Platinum Rating, making it one of the most environmentally sustainable hotel projects in the US. 

The property will anchor the Peter B. Lewis Gateway Center, the cornerstone of Oberlin’s Green Arts District, an ongoing development conceived by the City and College to transform Oberlin into a model for environmentally aware economic development based on education and the arts.


Using locally sourced materials and thoughtful, provocative design, The Hotel at Oberlin is a celebration of the community’s rich history and progressive vision toward the future.

The hotel has a host of sustainable features, ranging from solar power to geothermal heat, as well as reclaimed building materials and locally-sourced foods in the onsite restaurant, making it an environmental star in the heartland.


Designed by Chicago-based architecture firm SCB (Solomon, Cordwell, Buenz), the Hotel at Oberlin boasts a special accomplishment for its sustainable construction. The hotel is one of only five in the nation designed to meet the LEED Platinum standards set by the U.S. Green Building Council, and is the only such hotel owned by a college.

The hotel is also reportedly the first in the country to be fitted with radiant heating and cooling that relies on geothermal energy, which is much more environmentally friendly than forced air systems. The hotel will also derive electricity from solar panels to further reduce its reliance on grid power, aiming for net zero energy status.



Next year, Ohio-born artist Maya Lin—architect of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.—will erect a permanent three-part sculptural installation in the hotel’s lobby and exterior grounds. The installation is inspired by the local climate and landscape, the final part of Lin’s “Ohio Trilogy.” The Hotel at Oberlin is located 35 miles southwest of Cleveland.

via Inhabitat

The following video, a Presentation by Klaus Kogler, Expert for innovative building techniques at iC Clean Energy Solutions, on the Conference Enterprises for Green Tourism Development in Albena, Bulgaria on the 9th May 2014

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