THE BRANDO AWARDED PRESTIGIOUS LEED PLATINUM CERTIFICATIONNews 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.