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The Crash Pad receives LEED Platinum Certification

11 September 2012

The Crash Pad, a Chattanooga hostel, has become the first in the world to achieve the highest LEED certification possible.

“Being a green business doesn’t mean just building a green building—it comes down to our operations,” co-owner Dan Rose said in a video about the certification. “We’re looking at energy consumption, lights, LED fixtures, recycling programs and guest education.”

The hostel is the fourth building in Chattanooga to earn LEED Platinum, following GreenSpaces, Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport and Volkswagen, Crash Pad leaders said.

Architects Blythe Bailey and Taylor Bowers with River Street Architecture designed The Crash Pad, and Collier Construction built it.

The hostel features green technology that guests use each day, leaders said.

It also has solar panels, a green roof, low-flow faucet fixtures, gray water filtration systems and “green education” plaques throughout the hostel to inform guests of the buildings features, leaders also said.

Much of the building is made from reclaimed wood and bricks.

In other Crash Pad-related news, leaders said recently they are planning a bar and restaurant next door to the Southside hostel.