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MAMMOTH LAKES, CA-Mammoth Lakes earned its reputation as a destination for skiers. But this summer, it’s been attracting attention from environmentalists for its commitment to green building, one of the hottest trends in the hotel property sector.

Mammoth Mountain, which owns and operates a variety of resort businesses, just finished building the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified structure in the Town of Mammoth Lakes. The 1,336-sf, three-bedroom, two-bath cabin opened to travelers early this month at Tamarack Lodge & Resort, one of Condè Nast Traveler’s Top 50 Ski Hotels and one of Sunset Magazine’s Top 10 Lakeside Resorts.

The green cabin, which joins 34 traditionally built properties, was created in partnership with three California businesses, locally based Woodward Architecture and Boyer Construction and BECx Engineering of Truckee. It meets or exceeds LEED specifications, which are by the U.S. Green Building Council for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

The cabin features environmentally friendly hardwood flooring, recycled carpeting and decking material, local quarried stone and concrete, pest resistant siding, energy efficient windows and recycled fiberglass insulation. With added insulation and thermal windows, the cabin exceeds California energy requirements by more than 37%, says Rusty Gregory, CEO of Mammoth Mountain.

It also has a compact hot water distribution system that allows hot water to reach the end user faster, a high performance fireplace that eliminates air leakages and dual-flush toilets that average 33% less water than standard toilets. Other “green” technologies include enhanced outdoor air ventilation provided by an air-to-air heat exchanger that supplies the required 45 cubic feet per minute of fresh air and exhaust timers on bathroom exhaust fans.

Within the past year, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. opened the nation’s first LEED-certified hotel chain and Choice Hotels International Inc. revised its construction prototypes to reflect green building standards.

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