Mammoth Lakes, Calif. — The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded LEED Platinum certification to Tamarack Lodge’s Cabin 11, demonstrating Mammoth Mountain’s commitment to sustainable development practices. The Cabin is the first registered Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building in the Town of Mammoth Lakes, and one of only 12 projects in the state of California to earn Platinum status.
The deluxe 1,336-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath cabin at Tamarack Lodge sets a precedent for environmentally friendly building practices in pristine, resort locales. “Constructing the Tamarack cabin to LEED Platinum 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. “As one of only a dozen Platinum certified projects in California, we’re proud to be taking a leading role in what can be accomplished with sustainable building practices.”
A local collaboration between Mammoth Mountain, 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. Complimenting 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 is available for vacation rental year-round. For more information visit MammothMountain.com.