There are several key energy-saving and waste-reducing strategies implemented in the hotel's design and construction, listed below.
Reduced energy use: Alternative fueling stations are available for electric cars. Minimal parking spaces will be provided, encouraging employees to find alternative methods of transportation to work. Additionally, the Hilton Vancouver, Washington will run on 30 percent less energy than local codes require. C02 sensors recognize when people have left rooms and hallways that aren't in use and turn off the heating and cooling system. Administrative offices are also equipped with sensors that turn off the lights when the offices are not in use.
Stormwater management: The property's landscaping uses local native plants that need little water during the area's long, dry summer season. Stormwater from the building is funneled to underground dry wells, which provide a natural filtering mechanism for the pollutants that have accumulated on the roof or around the building.
Fighting the urban heat island effect: A white reflective roof on top of the hotel helps it dissipate heat and reflect it back into space, rather than adding to the heat island effect that can afflict urban areas.
Interiors: All guest rooms will have operable windows to allow fresh air into the building and control indoor pollutants. Many of the building materials, including steel and particle board, were purchased from local vendors within 500 miles of the hotel. Interior paint, carpet and carpet glue are low-emissions materials, meaning that they emit few of the hazardous chemicals that traditional paints and carpets do.
Green construction practices: Seventy-five percent of the construction waste from the hotel was recycled. The building was constructed with recycled steel and recyclable brick.