Designed to be “green from the ground up,” the Element Omaha boutique hotel at Midtown Crossing has moved a step closer to earning the Environmental Protection Agency's prestigious Energy Star.
A recent evaluation gave a rating of 77 on the EPA's energy performance scale. Only buildings with a 75 or higher qualify for the star.
The hotel has already earned LEED silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Among eco-conscious efforts at the Element are in-room recycling, low-flow fixtures that conserve water and carpet squares made from at least 25 percent recycled materials. The bases on which wall art hangs are made from recycled tires.
The hotel's efficiency efforts trim energy bills by tens of thousands of dollars, said Mark Walenz, chief engineer of the hotel.