The Clifton Hotel in Miami Beach is one of our most recent projects to be certified by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for achieving LEED Gold for New Construction. The hotel, owned by Cambean Hospitality, is the first LEED certified building in the City of Miami Beach, the first LEED Gold hotel in the State of Florida, and currently the only LEED certified hotel in Miami-Dade County.
The 35-room boutique hotel underwent a gut renovation and re-opened in early 2010. Built in 1948, the post-war architecture of the Clifton incorporates distinct elements of the unique Art Deco style that has defined the popular tourist and nightlife area for over six decades. While the property’s historic façade remains the same, the interior of the Clifton has been completely transformed with modern and eco-luxury furniture, fixtures and equipment.
The Clifton’s renovation included a series of steps that were specifically designed to achieve LEED Gold certification standards. These include a high efficiency air conditioning system; an occupancy-sensing energy management system; LED lighting; water conserving dual flush toilets and high efficiency faucets; energy-efficient windows; as well as carpet and fabrics made from recycled products. Energy is generated by a 14.6 kW rooftop photovoltaic array. A custom designed system produces hot water from waste heat generated by HVAC units used to cool the building. With these energy and water conserving systems, the Clifton is expected to achieve a 32% energy reduction and 30% water savings over a new code building.
In addition, the project involved the careful rehabilitation of original historic building features such as terrazzo flooring in the Lobby and on the terrace as well as the historic neon sign which is now flanked by LED lighting.
Interior design features include furniture which was custom made locally using bamboo, which is also used for the hotel hallways and stairways. Many materials such as fabric and carpeting were fabricated using recycled content. All interior paints contain zero volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Mattresses are composed of 100% renewable materials and pillows are fabricated using recycled bottle material. For guest room artwork and mirrors, frames are produced from post-consumer recycled wood and recycled mat boards. Additionally, water-based inks were utilized for the production of the custom Giclée photographic prints which were specially commissioned to feature scenes of the Florida Everglades to help bring guest awareness of the beauty of the area and highlight the importance it has to our region.
Guests are encouraged to become involved by sorting their recyclables in guest room recycling bins. Guest room directories highlight green initiatives and feature some of the Hotel’s non-profit partners whose initiatives work toward building a more sustainable environment and who impact the local community in a positive way. One example is, Clean the World, who takes the Cambean hotels’ partially used soap amenity products and then recycles and distributes soap products to domestic homeless shelters and impoverished countries. All of these combined design, construction and operational initiatives make the Clifton Hotel the most sustainable hotel in Florida!