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Hotel Harnesses the Power of Sun and Wind to Provide a Cleaner Stay in Chevy Chase, Maryland

CHEVY CHASE, MD -- (Marketwired) -- Jun 15, 2015 -- Those who like to live green can now travel the same way thanks to the Courtyard Chevy Chase. Boasting a Gold LEED certification, this Friendship Heights Metro hotel has implemented cutting-edge technology to drive its warm hospitality for a stay like no other.

As the national standard for environmentally responsible buildings, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) issues four levels of certification to rigorously qualified projects: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum.

This property's Gold status reflects not only its commitment to ecologically sound building and operating practices, but its innovation as well. During its renovation, for example, it reused 90% of its existing structure and more than 50% of non-structural interior elements. Seventy-five percent of the construction debris it couldn't reuse was recycled. And today, its Cool Roof works to diminish the need for air-conditioning inside; but when the building does require power, 100% of it is derived from the wind.

Of course, this American University hotel also implemented everyday features as part of its green program. Recycling bins are available in guest rooms as well as in the lobby, and a solar-powered trash compactor combines the best of both worlds in terms of clean energy and minimal waste. Other features include low-flow faucets and showerheads, dual-flush toilets and high-efficiency HVAC systems with motion detectors that switch off the units when the room is unoccupied.

Not only are the effects of these measures as good for the environment as they are unique among hotels in Bethesda, Maryland, but they promote healthier living as well. Guests breathe easier in well-ventilated accommodations that have been outfitted with no- or low-VOC paints, carpets and sealants. And the property's bicycle rack is equipped with bikes available for guests' use, free of charge.

As visitors glide through D.C.'s numerous bike trails, catch up on work at an FSC-certified wood desk, or simply relax at the end of the day on plush bedding, they can indulge in the greatest luxury of all: peace of mind.

About the Courtyard Chevy Chase
Offering travelers a sophisticated welcome to the D.C. area, the Courtyard Chevy Chase combines comfort with modern sensibilities. In addition to being a LEED Gold-certified building, the hotel incorporates a range of appealing amenities, like complimentary high-speed Internet access in both guest rooms and public spaces, a seasonal outdoor pool and a fitness center. Business travelers will appreciate the hotel's more than 5,000 square feet of diverse function space, as well as its location near Microsoft and other businesses in Chevy Chase. And those traveling for leisure will find themselves close to some of the area's best shopping at The Collection and just steps away from the Metro, which affords access to all of D.C.'s attractions. Trattoria 5520 serves American and Italian fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And the spacious guest rooms promise rest and relaxation with flat-panel HDTVs, mini-refrigerators and well-lit desks.

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Courtyard Chevy Chase
5520 Wisconsin Avenue
Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815

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