Since the inception of Brasada Ranch, energy and environmental efficiencies have been designed into every aspect of the Resort. In 2007 Brasada Ranch became the first-ever newly constructed resort community in the United States to receive a gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). The award was bestowed upon The Ranch in recognition of our building The Barn with salvaged wood from an old lumber mill, designing all of our buildings and operations with energy and environmental efficiencies in mind, and forever setting aside half of our land (900 acres) as open space. One of our most sustainable building features is literally hidden beneath the surface. The core community buildings are heated and cooled by a high-tech ground-source lake loop system tied to the pond on The Ranch’s private, championship golf course. The system is 60 percent more efficient when compared with traditional systems for heating and cooling.
We are tremendously proud of our work and continued focus, and we are excited
soon to be opening our new sustainable, farm-to-fork restaurant at The Club
House, along with our numerous other sustainable food and beverage operations
throughout the Resort. Our new Chef, Adrian Carpenter, formerly the sous chef
at Little Nell in Aspen, and The Puccini Group of San Francisco are currently
fine tuning the last details. Our culinary teams’ immediate goal is to
ensure that the vast majority of all ingredients throughout the Resort’s
food and beverage locations will be sourced locally. In time we also plan to
build and operate a green house here at the Resort, where much of our produce
will be grown. We will also welcome Members and Resort Guests to “shop”
at the greenhouse for their own needs and learn about sustainable practices
from our team on property.
If you are interested in learning more about the energy and environmental efficiencies employed at Brasada Ranch, please call (541) 526-6865.
Food For Thought
Buildings in the United States are responsible for 39% of CO2 emissions, 40% of energy consumption, 13% of water consumption and 15% of GDP per year, making green building a source of significant economic and environmental opportunity. Greater building efficiency can meet 85% of future U.S. demand for energy, and a national commitment to green building has the potential to generate 2.5 million American jobs. - www.usgbc.org
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) was launched in 2000 and is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.