Mammoth Mountain Unveils First LEED Building in Town of Mammoth Lakes; Reaffirms Commitment to Environment
MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In celebration of continued commitment to the environment, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area (MMSA) is announcing the completion of the first registered Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building in the Town of Mammoth Lakes. The deluxe 1,336-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath cabin at Tamarack Lodge sets a precedent for environmentally friendly building practices in the area and will be available for vacation rentals beginning in July, 2008.
“The completion of this environmentally friendly cabin is symbolic of our longstanding dedication to the surrounding natural lands.”
“Constructing the Tamarack cabin to LEED standards is one of many important steps that Mammoth Mountain is taking to fulfill our commitment to the environment,” said Rusty Gregory, CEO, Mammoth Mountain. “The completion of this environmentally friendly cabin is symbolic of our longstanding dedication to the surrounding natural lands.”
A local collaboration between MMSA, Mammoth Lakes’ Woodward Architecture and Boyer Construction, and Truckee’s BECx Engineering, the LEED cabin joins 34 other cabins at Tamarack Lodge and Resort. With stunning views of Twin Lakes, Tamarack Lodge has been named one of Condè Nast Traveler’s Top 50 Ski Hotels and one of Sunset Magazine’s Top 10 Lakeside Resorts.
The U.S. Green Building Council established the national environmental LEED rating system in 1993 to encourage the mainstream building industry to utilize sustainable practices. The U.S. Green Building Council bestows LEED ratings using a point system based on pre-specified features in categories such as innovation and design process, location and linkages, sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality.
Mammoth’s Tamarack cabin addresses all LEED categories and is home to a diverse number of “green” elements. Builders used materials and resources that are environmentally preferable and/or extracted, processed and manufactured within 500 miles of the site, including environmentally friendly hardwood flooring, recycled carpeting and decking material, local masonry rock and pest resistant siding, recycled and local drywall, energy efficient windows, local concrete aggregates and recycled fiberglass insulation.
With added insulation and thermal windows, the cabin features exceptional energy performance and exceeds California energy requirements by more than 37 percent. Complementing the cabin’s energy efficiency is a compact hot water distribution system that allows hot water to reach the end user faster and a high performance fireplace that eliminates air leakages. The cabin also uses dual-flush toilets that average 33 percent less water than standard toilets.
Other “green” aspects of the home 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, exhaust timers on bathroom exhaust fans, waste management practices such as trash documentation, and nearby access to a free shuttle.
Tamarack Lodge’s green cabin will be available as a vacation rental beginning in July 2008. For more information, please call 800.MAMMOTH or visit MammothMountain.com.
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area’s Department of Environmental Programs was established in 2000 to help ensure sustainability. To be sustainable Mammoth Mountain must simultaneously fulfill environmental responsibilities, economic requirements and social needs. Mammoth strives to become a better steward, committed to the enhancement of our ecosystem through resource conservation, habitat preservation, biosphere protection and strategic alliances. For more information on Mammoth Mountain’s Department of Environmental Programs, visit MammothMountain.com.
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area is the leading four-season mountain resort in California. With 1.6 million annual skier visits, Mammoth Mountain is currently the third most frequented resort in the United States. The company owns and operates a variety of resort businesses including recreation, hospitality, food and beverage and retail. Specific businesses owned and operated by Mammoth Mountain include Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, June Mountain, Tamarack Lodge and Resort, Mammoth Snowmobile Adventures, Mammoth Mountain Bike Park and the Mammoth Mountain Inn. Mammoth Mountain also operates Juniper Springs Resort, the Village at Mammoth and Sierra Star Golf Course in Mammoth Lakes, California. For more information on Mammoth Mountain, visit MammothMountain.com or call 800.MAMMOTH.