Jade Moun­tain gets gold for be­ing green

Jamaica Gleaner - - THE BUSINESS OF TOURISM -

THE US Green Build­ing Coun­cil (USGBC) has an­nounced that St Lu­cia’s Jade Moun­tain re­sort has be­come the first ho­tel in the Caribbean to re­ceive the cov­eted LEED GOLD cer­ti­fi­ca­tion sta­tus.

“Achiev­ing LEED (Lead­er­ship in En­ergy and En­vi­ron­men­tal De­sign) Gold, as Jade Moun­tain has done, demon­strates an ex­cep­tional level of lead­er­ship in the in­dus­try. I con­grat­u­late both the own­ers (Nick and Karolin Trou­bet­zkoy) and the project team for this sig­nif­i­cant achieve­ment,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and found­ing chair­man of the USGBC.

“LEED cer­ti­fi­ca­tion is a tremen­dous tool for the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try, not only as a path to achiev­ing op­er­at­ing ef­fi­cien­cies for prop­erty own­ers, but also as a way to let guests know that their ac­com­mo­da­tions have been de­signed to pro­vide the most com­fort and the least im­pact on the planet,” added Fedrizzi.

Nick Trou­bet­zkoy, who de­signed and built the mul­ti­ple award-win­ning re­sort, which over­looks the Pi­ton Moun­tains ris­ing from the Caribbean Sea in front of Jade Moun­tain, said: “The beauty of St Lu­cia’s land­scapes, the warmth and char­ac­ter of its peo­ple, and the un­lim­ited po­ten­tial to cre­ate some­thing very spe­cial here cap­tured my imag­i­na­tion.”


Trou­bet­zkoy de­scribed Jade Moun­tain, art­fully sculpted into the moun­tain­side, as “a re­sponse to al­most every ho­tel I’ve ever vis­ited ... where I found my­self dis­ap­pointed by what I en­coun­tered”.

So he set about re­design­ing the ba­sic con­cept of a hol­i­day-re­lated ho­tel ex­pe­ri­ence. “I wanted to cre­ate in­di­vid­u­alised spa­tial en­vi­ron­ments that would en­able guests to for­get the fact they’re in a ho­tel room – and, in essence ,to for­get every pre­con­cep­tion and to ex­pe­ri­ence the psy­chol­ogy of a dy­namic and mon­u­men­tal space on an in­tu­itive and pri­mal emo­tional level.”

Elim­i­nat­ing the fourth wall in all rooms, or sanc­tu­ar­ies as they are known on prop­erty, gave Jade Moun­tain an­other clear dis­tinc­tion: “We aimed to give our guests the feel­ing of en­ter­ing a pri­vate space fully in­te­grated into the is­land’s ecol­ogy, where they could sim­ply re­lax, breathe in the air while bask­ing in the sur­round­ings and en­joy­ing a won­der­ful sense of calm and peace, ver­sus be­ing boxed into a tra­di­tional ho­tel room breath­ing re­cir­cu­lated, ma­chine­pro­cessed air,” said the vi­sion­ary.

Trou­bet­zkoy’s de­vo­tion to sus­tain­able de­sign means that the re­sort has its own rainwater-fed wa­ter pu­rifi­ca­tion plant sys­tem and re­cy­cles treated sewage wa­ter, which ir­ri­gates a nurs­ery, which, in turn prop­a­gates thou­sands of trop­i­cal plants for land­scap­ing.

The de­sign, which merges the free flow of air and the free flow of wa­ter through the in­fin­ity pools and wa­ter­falls of the sanc­tu­ar­ies, ac­cord­ing to Trou­bet­zkoy, is a di­rect re­flec­tion of the nat­u­ral at­tributes of the land of St Lu­cia it­self: “When you com­bine wa­ter with air and the Earth it­self in this way, you un­lock a pro­found po­ten­tial for an al­most mag­i­cal level of en­joy­ment and celebration – a magic that may very well be the ul­ti­mate achieve­ment of Jade Moun­tain and St Lu­cia.”

The Green Build­ing Coun­cil ad­ju­di­ca­tors cer­tainly be­lieved that Trou­bet­zkoy had suc­ceeded and noted: “This is a very im­pres­sive ac­com­plish­ment for such a unique project, and we con­grat­u­late you and your team on im­ple­ment­ing some pi­o­neer­ing, non-tra­di­tional ap­proaches to the LEED pre­req­ui­sites and cred­its.”

The US Green Build­ing Coun­cil (www.usgbc.org) mon­i­tors the way build­ings are de­signed, con­structed, and op­er­ated through LEED, a lead­ing third-party ver­i­fi­ca­tion sys­tem for sus­tain­able struc­tures around the world.


Jade Moun­tain

Nick Trou­bet­zkoy, owner and de­signer of Jade Moun­tain.

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