Security National Guaranty (SNG) recently announced plans to develop “the greenest ecoresort in the world” on the Monterey Peninsula in California. The Monterey Bay Shores Ecoresort is slotted to be built on a degraded former sand mining site and will be an environmentally friendly development seeking LEED Platinum certification. The building and management of the hotel will create more than 500 construction and permanent green jobs.
Aiming for an “ideal” green living environment, as well as educational facilities for instruction on sustainability and environmental principles, the resort will encompass “principles of sustainability and conservation, while preserving coastal resources and rehabilitating the coastline and the area’s native plants and animals.” The resort will be a garden of biodiversity and eco-consideration in the dunes.
“We are driving forward the nascent green development trade with a team of hand-picked sustainability experts that are pooling their knowledge to ensure every aspect of this project is environmentally profitable,” said Ed Ghandour, president and founder of SNG. “For 16 years we have been committed to making the Monterey Bay Shores Ecoresort a reality; our ultimate vision is to create a model that inspires others to develop sustainable structures that protect and restore local ecosystems.”
The resort will include a number of eco-friendly features, including:
- Design: The plans consider topography, orientation and scale of existing and restored dune formations.
- Position: The property is set further back from the shoreline than required by local zoning to provide a buffer for habitat and natural coastal processes.
- Materials & Construction: Maximum use of recycled building materials, on-site prefab construction and intelligent building operations.
- Living Architecture: Five acres of living roofs will provide insulation and cooling, leaving only 1.5 acres of non-native vegetative cover on the property.
- Renewable Energy: 30 percent of energy needs are provided by on-site renewable sources to power the building’s functions, including geothermal, wind and solar systems.
- Water Conservation: On-site graywater recycling, complete stormwater management and rainwater capture for non potable uses (like laundry and irrigation)
- Optimization of Natural Resources: Wind, light and moveable shades enable the ecoresort to utilize the natural advantages of the site.
The original site, a sand dune, was destroyed during 60 years of sand mining that ended in 1986. It will now be restored to create 29 acres of dune habitat, including 6.5 acres that will be dedicated to providing a safe habitat for endangered species and expanding biodiversity.