Inauguration of the first carbon-positive hotel in the United States

The first carbon-positive hotel in the United States is currently under construction in Denver, Colorado. Designed by Urban Villages environmental manager, it is called Populus. Its opening is scheduled for the end of 2023.

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The 265-room hotel will offer everything upper town visitors expect, including a rooftop restaurant and bar with 360-degree views. Additionally, the green roof features native plants to help control the temperature inside the building. It also helps filter the air in gathering spaces and is a visual representation of the building’s overall green design.

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“We created Populus to be a catalyst for change and to respond to the growing preference of today’s consumers to travel responsibly, experience places authentically, and connect more deeply with nature and each other. others,” said Jon Buerge, director of development and partner at Urban Villages. “An earth emergency demands that we strengthen our influence, and Populus is only the beginning.”

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In addition, the positive carbon aspect of the adventure involves a collaboration between Urban Villages and Studio Gang, an architecture and urban design studio. Additionally, a focus on low-impact material selections and system efficiency sets the foundation for sustainability within the aspen-inspired hotel. The overall plan focuses on reducing embodied and operational carbon at every phase.

The street view of Populus, a white building with several windows cut out in a semicircle

Specifically, the goal is achieved through the use of low carbon concrete and high recycled content materials. Structural efficiency has been maximized in the 13-story structure, requiring fewer materials and minimizing construction waste. Plus, window overhangs provide shading and energy efficiency. Varying window sizes throughout the building provide abundant natural light and views of the Colorado landscape. Offsite, the company initially committed to planting more than 5,000 acres of trees to offset remaining operational carbon.

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“To have a real impact on our Earth, carbon neutral developments are no longer enough. Populus will be 100% carbon positive from its construction through its ongoing operations while acting as a vibrant social hub for residents and visitors,” said Grant McCargo, Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Environmental and partner of Urban Villages. Populus is aiming for LEED Gold certification.

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Images via Studio Gang and Ryan Dearth

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