The Viana Hotel and Spa in Westbury, Long Island, Awarded Prestigious LEED Green Building Certification

The Viana Hotel and Spa, Long Island's only green-built feng shui hotel announced today that they have become LEED Certified through the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

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We knew what we had achieved when the Hotel was completed and when we began operating; however, to now be recognized and become LEED Certified through the USGBC, just put the icing on the cake for all of us.

Westbury, Long Island, New York (PRWEB) April 26, 2013

The Viana Hotel and Spa announced today that it has been awarded LEED® Certification. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design) rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council™ (USGBC), is the principal program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.

The Viana Hotel and Spa achieved LEED certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at accomplishing high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality.

Operating Partner Alan Mindel of Samar Hospitality, the parent company to the Viana Hotel and Spa stated, “My family and I had a vision when we built the Viana Hotel and Spa from the ground up to be extremely environmentally conscious and responsible. We knew what we had achieved when the Hotel was completed and when we began operating; however, to now be recognized and become LEED Certified through the USGBC, just put the icing on the cake for all of us. We have a great sense of accomplishment. It’s a proud moment in time for our company as a whole. The Viana is the first LEED Certified Hotel on Long Island."    

The Viana Hotel and Spa opened in October of 2010. It is a proud member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World and a member/partner of Stash Rewards. Since the Hotel’s inception, it has attracted the likes of the corporate, leisure, social and extended stay markets from all around the world. The Hotel has been recognized as one of the leading Hotels on Long Island and has been the recipient of various awards.    

The Hotel’s General Manager, Takir Rafik, looks ahead to the future of the Hotel and the company. When he was asked how he feels about the Hotel becoming LEED Certified he stated, “It’s a tremendous sense of accomplishment for all of us. It’s also a tremendous responsibility. Being environmentally conscious and friendly is something we all embrace at the Viana. I know we will continue to look for ways to continue and even enhance our go green vision while providing our guests with superior accommodations, services and amenities. It’s my hope that we will show others that it can be done, and they will follow suit.”    

The Viana Hotel and Spa joined a small, elite group of hotels with their LEED Certification; however, it is one that also continues to grow as hotel owners and builders begin to really look at sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions.

For additional information, be sure to take a look at the Viana Hotel and Spa's website at http://www.vianahotelandspa.com. The Hotel will be posting more of its LEED certification status and information on its website in the near future. In the meantime, consider staying at this environmentally friendly gem.