Kandalama Hotel | First LEED certified project outside of the United States
Damulla, Sri LankaFirsts
100% water is recycled and re-used. Water comes from deep wells on the site, is treated and then circulated to the building. Effluent passes through two treatment plants and then used for landscaping. Surplus water is returned to the aquifer. The building’s total water and sewer needs are met from resources on site, with no connections to the utility.
This 253,000 square foot (23,504 square meter) hotel was built on stilts to maintain the natural rainwater flow with landscaping restored up to the column footings. Indigenous horticulture is planted on 80% of the roof space.
A rock formation backdrop provides a degree of passive cooling which reduces the overall cooling load, a major factor in meeting the project’s energy goal.