At nearly two million sq ft, Ever Vail is the first and largest sustainable resort development in North America to receive a Platinum rating in the first stage of the United States Green Building Council LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Neighborhood Development (ND) pilot program.
Designed by Callison, Ever Vail is one of only two planned projects in the U.S. that has been certified at the highest level of green building standards under the pilot LEED-ND rating system and the only one in the Rocky Mountain Region.
The LEED-ND program integrates the principles of smart growth, urbanism and green building into the first national standard for neighborhood design. The $1.5 billion project will transform the 10-acre site into a truly green mixed-use resort village consisting of residential, hotel, office, retail, mountain operations facilities, a new gondola and a public plaza. Sustainable strategies under consideration include:
o Restoring and enhancing Red Sandstone Creek and associated onsite wetlands to protect ecological communities and restore wetlands degraded by previous development
o Designing a compact, pedestrian friendly development with public spaces and diversity of uses to support a year-round vital community
o Selecting a previously developed and environmentally degraded site as opposed to using a previously undeveloped site
o Creating onsite affordable housing for Vail Resorts employees and other Vail Valley residents
o Designing and constructing buildings to use 20-30 percent less energy and 30-50 percent less water than conventional construction
o Using renewable energy sources, including solar hot water and biomass energy from beetle-kill pine trees harvested in the local forests
o Incorporating solar thermal collectors to provide most domestic hot water needs and supplement space heating
o Using local materials to reduce carbon emissions from transportation and to support local economies
o Using high-recycled content materials throughout the project
o Designing mixed-use buildings of varying scales and street widths for a variety of pedestrian experiences
o Incorporating environmentally friendly storm water management systems
o Committing to sustainable operations of each building that includes waste, water and energy management programs
o Connecting to local and regional bus systems and providing a complimentary community bicycle program and public education program on living sustainably
o Certifying that at least 80 percent of the buildings will meet LEED-NC (New Construction) standards
The Ever Vail development project is currently in the planning stages and is subject to receipt of governmental approvals and finalization of necessary agreements. Visit www.evervail.com for more information.