10 October 2016

Island Retreat is the Only LEED- Certified Resort in French Polynesia

The  Brando  awarded with  LEED platinum certification. The luxury property earned the prestigious designation based on  its  commitment  to  conservation  and  sustainability  efforts  in  the  development  and overall operation of the pristine island resort. This certification is the culmination of more than  six years  of  work  carried  out  by  the resort’s owners,  designers  and  architects,  and establishes  The Brando as the  first project to earn  LEED certification in French Polynesia.   The  LEED  (Leadership  in  Energy  and  Environmental  Design)  rating  system,  developed  by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities   that   are   designed,   constructed,   maintained   and   operated   for   improved environmental and human health performance.

It was understood from the first conversation with Marlon Brando regarding Tetiaroa’s future, that  any development must keep the island’s atoll protected and preserved in its native  state and  be  a  model  of sustainability,” says Richard Bailey, chairman  &  CEO  of Pacific  Beachcomber,  which  built  and  operates  The  Brando.  “Therefore, it was vitally important  that  we  work  alongside  LEED  professionals in  the creation  of  our  conservation and  sustainability  programs, and  we could  not  be  more  pleased  with  this  platinum-level  achievement.”

The   Brandosecured LEED   certification by implementing   practical   and   measurable strategies   and  solutions   aimed   at   achieving   high   performance   in:   sustainable   site development,    water    savings,   energy    efficiency,    materials    selection    and    indoor  environmental quality.

The  Brando’s LEED platinum  certification   demonstrates   tremendous   green   building leadership,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “The urgency of USGBC’s mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and The Brando serves as a prime example of just how much we can accomplish.” The  strategies  used  in  the  design  and  construction  of  the  resort  to  achieve  this  LEED  certification  ranged from  local,  renewable  or  recycled  building  materials  to  a  pioneering  deep seawater  air-conditioning  system  and  renewable  energies  such  as  solar  energy  and coconut oil. As a result, the resort is close to carbon neutrality and self-sustainability.