Starwood, Perseus bring ‘green’ luxury to DC

Connecticut-based Starwood Capital Group and DC-based Perseus Realty have teamed up to build the first LEED-certified luxury hotel in Washington, DC.

Starwood Capital Group and Perseus Realty are building the first eco-friendly luxury hotel in Washington, DC. The hotel will be built under the 1 Hotels brand, Starwood’s recently launched eco-friendly international hotel brand.

“We are extremely pleased to be partnering with Perseus Realty to bring our groundbreaking hotel concept to the nation’s capital,” Barry Sternlicht, Starwood’s chairman and chief executive officer said in a statement. Sternlicht added that Washington, DC, home to myriad environmental organizations, will provide a good backdrop to its concept of a “world-class, five-star living experience with environmentally responsible building and design.”

The 180-unit hotel will be certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the nationally accepted industry standards drafted by the US Green Building Council. The standards govern water savings, energy efficiency, sustainable site development, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

“For the vast majority of hotels, eco-friendliness means washing guests’ towels less often,” John Bolton, executive vice president of Perseus, said in the statement. “The 1 Hotel, Washington, DC will demonstrate that luxury, comfort and impeccable service can co-exist with environmental sustainability.”

Environmental group the National Resources Defense Council will serve as advisor to the project. The property will also donate one percent of its profits to local environmental organizations guided by a steering committee on which the NRDC will sit.

The new hotel, expected to break ground next year, is slated for completion in 2010.