The Petaluman wins local support for its energy conservation methods

Eloise Hanson By Eloise Hanson
23 July 2019 | Updated 23 July 2019

US: Residents of Petaluma, a city in California, have called in favour of a new boutique hotel to use eco-friendly materials.

Although its application is still being reviewed, The Petaluman - a downtown, five-storey hotel - has gained local support for its approach to energy conservation.

Last week, developer and architect Ross Jones presented his vision for the project at a Know Before You Grow forum at the Riverfront Café.

Despite trepidations over the exterior design, residents supported the use of renewable materials such as timber bamboo, and other sustainable materials such as structural glue that is formaldehyde-free.

Manufactured by Windsor-based, BamCore, the imported timber bamboo is more regenerative than timber wood, and can reach a height of more than 80 feet in a single year. As a result, it can be harvested annually, as opposed to wood which requires several decades.

Zack Zimmerman, director of business development at BamCore, said: "Not only is it something that is super green, but when it's in service, it actually continues to sequester carbon."

Other green visions include a farm-to-table restaurant, as well as the hotel's integration of the city's future bike share program.

Located at the intersection of Petaluma Boulevard and B Street, The Petaluman is estimated to provide full-time employment to 24 members of staff, with room rates averaging at $285 per night.

The project is subject to public hearings with the city council and planning commission before it is permitted. Jones expects the project to obtain planning approval by the end of the year, and hopes to establish a construction timeline of 14-16 months at the beginning of 2020.

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