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Napa Valley Resort First to Earn LEED Gold

The dramatic entrance to the Gaia Napa Valley Hotel and Spa welcomes visitors to the LEED Gold development; on the left, wavy forms act as sunshades for second-story windows.

Photo: Bruce Schneider
The Gaia Napa Valley Hotel and Spa in American Canyon, California, incorporates many of the curving architectural forms that its architect, Mickey Muennig of Big Sur, California, is known for. The first hotel in the nation to earn a Gold rating in LEED for New Construction, it also features a real-time energy use display in the lobby and educational kiosks where guests can learn about the building’s systems. The hotel uses extensive daylighting, from windows as well as tubular skylights, and photovoltaic panels provide around 10% of the hotel’s electricity. Low-flow toilets and showerheads reduce water use by 40% compared with a conventional hotel; graywater is collected and filtered before being used in a decorative fish pond. Lumber used in the project was certified to Forest Stewardship Council standards, and all paints and finishes in the building have low levels of volatile organic compounds. More information is available at

Published October 30, 2007

Wendt, A. (2007, October 30). Napa Valley Resort First to Earn LEED Gold. Retrieved from

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