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It's easy being green at LEED Gold Tellus, where smart living is the new norm. From start to every hand-selected natural finish, the building is thoughtfully designed with sustainability & environmental friendliness top of mind. 


Even the building's name is inspired by a green theme - Tellus is the Roman goddess of the earth - reflecting the property's overt commitment to existing in harmony with the world around it. From its integrated roof terraces and garden patios to inspired feature elements - like a custom constellation wall and centering yoga studio - and its multi-modal connectivity, this is the definition of an idyllic retreat in an ideal location. Learn more below about what makes us the leading edge of LEED.  

  • LEED Gold certification
  • Walkable, urban location
  • Non-smoking building 
  • Centralized, energy-efficient heating and cooling systems
  • Low VOC paints, stains, and sealants throughout
  • Energy-efficient windows and exterior building materials
  • Water conserving, low-flow faucets and fixtures
  • Energy Star rated appliances and light fixtures
  • 100% rainwater recycling
  • Native and drought-resistant landscaping
  • Motion-activated lighting in common areas
  • 20%+ of building materials regionally-sourced / recycled
  • 35%+ of energy from green providers
  • 90%+ of construction debris diverted from landfills


In addition the following sustainability practices are in place at both the Orchard Garden Hotel and the Orchard Hotel:

  • low-flow plumbing fixtures and the installation of a cast-in-place cistern tank and piping system to reclaim storm water and air conditioning condensate for use in the building's landscape irrigation system. The building also racks up LEED points for its proximity to local public transportation routes, the inclusion of designated bike storage and parking spaces and the developer's commitment to source at least 35 percent of the building's electricity from a green source. 

The Tellus is the city's first LEED Gold-certified mixed-use building, offering an uncommon variety of amenities and sustainable building features in a landmark setting. 
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The built environment is undergoing a major transition...
Green and sustainable buildings represent a new normal that affects everyone who owns or manages property. It's a transformation driven by technology innovation, economics, market demands, new government incentives and regulations in addition to an emerging class of supporting risk management and financing solutions.

An integrated view of risks and opportunities...

Risk management is an effective, time-tested approach to identify and manage the entire landscape of immediate and emerging future risks, including rapidly evolving energy, 

environmental and other sustainability challenges. However, risk is only half the equation. Enterprise risk management adds a second critical dimension: the benefits that accompany risk. Without considering the benefits, public and private sector stakeholders can become too risk averse and miss enormous opportunities. 

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Pictured Above: parts of New York City - home to some of the world's most advanced green buildings - remain without power nearly 4 days after Hurricane Sandy made landfall.

Managing risk and opportunity in a changing world...

Stephen Bushnell + Associates is uniquely positioned to help clients navigate issues through best practice principals of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM). Their company specializes in helping businesses, governments and non-profits translate environmental, energy other sustainability challenges into the fundamentals of enterprise risk management - delivering clear and actionable strategies that help clients create and protect value.


Public and private sector leaders alike can discover the synergies between sustainability & ERM: 

Understanding integrated risk and reward optimizes decisions and drives success. Stephen Bushnell + Associates' proprietary Sustainable Risk Management Process & tool Kit and consultative approach supports clients with a proven framework to manage and exploit their green and sustainability based strategic, operational, financial and physical risks and opportunities. 


This includes:

* Physical risks associated with climate change are a reality - from extreme heat and drought, to more frequent and severe storms, flooding and wildfires.

* A comprehensive approach to resiliency is becoming a top priority at the building/facility, supply chain, infrastructure and community levels.

* The economic and risk benefits of green buildings and sustainable operations are clearer, thanks to better data and metrics that look beyond just energy and environmental impact to consider profitability and productivity, and OHS.

* Market demand - from owners & investors to tenants - is growing, even for class B and C properties. Late adopters face real obsolescence risks.

* Energy & environmental tech. are not one size fits all. Customized solutions consider complex design, risk & financial dimensions unique to each property.


* Stakeholder engagement is imperative - from tenants, to NGOs that certify performance, utilities, the A/E/C community, city planners and policymakers.


Stephen Bushnell, CPCU, ARM

Stephen Bushnell is a highly experienced insurance and risk management professional with more than 40 years of underwriting, marketing, product development, management and leadership experience at various property & casualty insurers.Steve is widely recognized as a risk-focused expert on green buildings, sustainable manufacturing and operations, and the broader business, economic and risk management implications of climate, energy and other sustainability challenges.He currently sits on the board of directors for the US Green Building Council. 

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Let's take a closer look at why going green has made sense for hotels:


Cost savings: Energy efficiency and conservation measures result in savings as well as offer the potential for significant opportunities for cost savings in the areas of water consumption and waste handling/recycling. Many of the cost-reduction and efficiency strategies can be achieved with no-cost or low-cost measures focused on optimization of the performance of both equipment and personnel.


Economic incentives. There are a variety of fiscal and economic incentives that governments, agencies and organizations have enacted in an effort to help companies go green. These benefits range from tax write-offs to grants, and can also include insurance premium discounts, expedited regulatory permitting, and grants to cover development soft costs for sustainable projects.


Regulatory affairs. Existing environmental regulations targeted toward the hotel sector are largely focused on various aspects of facility operations such as storm water management, hazardous materials handling, and environmental health and safety. In addition, a wide range of present and future legislative activities will impact hotel design, construction and operations, including the U.S. Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which applies phased efficiency standards to incandescent light bulbs.


Marketing/brand image. Most major hotel brands have implemented a sustainability platform into their brand definition. Sustainability initiatives are reflected in both marketing materials and annual reports (for publicly traded entities). Several brands have been re-positioned to target a younger, more environmentally and socially conscious generation.


Guest experience: Hoteliers increasingly understand that investments in environmental technology can have a direct positive impact on guest experience, which can affect both occupancy and the average daily rate (ADR). The new generation of 'intelligent' HVAC systems and energy management devices, coupled with a properly managed maintenance regime, can result in significant improvements in thermal comfort and indoor air quality - for both guests and employees. Improvements can also be realized in the indoor acoustic environment, where from building equipment such as fans, boilers and compressors can negatively impact the guest experience.

Investor requirements. Investors in both public and private companies are increasingly looking for quantifiable indicators of sustainable performance, which has led large public corporations to adopt strong sustainability programs with measurable performance indicators. According to the Dow Jones sustainability website, sustainability has emerged as an investable concept, with the underlying assumption that "corporate sustainability leaders achieve long-term shareholder value by gearing their strategies and management to harness the market's potential for sustainability products and services while at the same time successfully reducing and avoiding costs and risks."


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Fulcrum Insurance Programs has been at the forefront of helping the hotel industry with its green efforts, offering an insurance program that incentivizes, helps and rewards insureds that implement environmentally sound solutions. 


To find out more about their hotel program, please visit their website ( or call 425-453-5157.



Top Reasons Behind Hotel Sustainability - 

Originally posted on 8/12/14 by: Fulcrum Insurance Programs 

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