Hotel Andaluz announced that it has reduced its water consumption by 80 percent, according to a company press release.
According to the company, Andaluz – formerly La Posada de Albuquerque in downtown Albuquerque – used 300,000 gallons of water for the month of May this year. The hotel had used 1.2 million gallons of water in May 2004 and 730,000 gallons in May 2005 – the last two years it was open.
Since Hotel Andaluz opened under its new name in October 2009, it has been consuming an average of 770,000 gallons of water less per month than its predecessor. In comparing equivalent eight month time periods (October 2003/2009 through May 2004/2010), Hotel Andaluz used 78 percent less water than La Posada.
The hotel said it achieved the savings by implementing several water saving features, including oxygen assisted shower heads – low flow shower heads that take oxygen and mix it with water, dual flush toilets that reduce water use by more than 45 percent annually, and captured rainwater for interior and exterior landscaping.
Hotel Andaluz has also installed an energy control systems; LED and compact fluorescent interior lighting; guest room furnishings using bamboo, which is a rapidly renewable material; and utilization of solar energy through a 73 panel solar thermal system that provides 60 percent of the domestic hot water for the hotel.
In June 2010, Hotel Andaluz, Goodman Realty and Darin Sand received “The Most Innovative Recycling Project of the Year“ Award from the New Mexico Recycling Coalition.
The hotel underwent a $30 million renovation and system upgrade. The original hotel opened as the Albuquerque Hilton in 1939 by Conrad Hilton and was Hilton’s fourth built hotel.
Meanwhile, MGM Resorts won the Green Key designation for the efficiency and sustainability of its operations at 12 resorts, while the Hyatt Regency Boston has managed to reduce its energy costs by 42 percent, from 12.3 million kWh to 7.1 million kWh, over the last decade.