Lifestyle hotel QO Amsterdam | Luxury sustainability confirmed with a “LEED Platinum” certificate
In the spring of 2018, QO opened Amsterdam: a hotel which philosophy revolves around consistent sustainable choices in design, construction and output – without compromising or negatively affecting the experience of its guests. It is this philosophy that has made the hotel one of the first hotels in Europe to receive the highest possible LEED award. This certificate distinguishes buildings that reduce their impact on the environment in an innovative way.
In this article more about what #LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and their certification is all about and why hotel @qoamsterdam has received a platinum certificate! For example they have a high-tech greenhouse on the roof, an innovative facade, a gray water system and a carpet of old fishing nets.
QO’s ‘living building | Luxury sustainability
Since 2018, the lifestyle hotel QO has been located in Amsterdam. The 21-storey hotel with 288 rooms and suites inspires its guests to come up with new ideas by integrating sustainability into its design in an innovative way. At the QO, sustainability, luxury and architecture are inextricably intertwined. Interwoven in such a way that it is impossible to distinguish whether a decision was made for a sustainable or aesthetic reason. The QO combines luxury with the positive energy that makes conscious, sustainable choices. Time after time. Mulderblauw’s specialism in hotel design and the expertise in sustainable architecture from Paul de Ruiter Architects created QO’s ‘living building’. As a living organism, the innovative facade responds to its environment. It regulates the temperature based on the weather outside, the guests in the room and their personal preferences. Together with the high-tech greenhouse on the roof, the QO is partly self-sufficient. Nevertheless, these are just a few examples of the sustainable choices made during the construction of the QO. From the innovative gray water system to the abundance of natural daylight that enters the building and the carpet made from old fishing nets; every aspect is designed to significantly reduce the impact on the environment and at the same time create a vibrant environment full of energy. It is these sustainable choices that gave the QO the highest possible LEED assessment.
Watch a video below about Matthias van den Berg, the greenhouse gardener at the QO hotel:
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LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a global organization for sustainable project development. Based on a checklist, LEED can measure the sustainability level of almost every construction project. For certification, a building is tested based on various criteria: the use of sustainable materials and resources, water efficiency, energy and climate control, innovation and the minimization of environmental pollution. The certificates are issued on four different levels: LEED Certified, LEED Silver, LEED Gold and LEED Platinum. Buildings with a LEED certification are seen as places that have the least possible impact on the environment. LEED wants to disseminate a positive energy that inspires project teams to find innovative solutions and consciously opt for more sustainable options.
About QO Amsterdam
QO Amsterdam opened its doors in Amsterdam in the spring of 2018. In the QO, sustainability and luxury do not exist side by side – they are inextricably linked. In this way QO consistently makes sustainable choices without compromising on comfort or experience. It is a place where travelers can feel like a local and locals feel at home. The energy of the QO provides countless possibilities. It is what you charge, inspire and generate. QO wants you to, almost unnoticed, feel good about taking care of the earth.
Website: QO Amsterdam