Learn More About Our Sustainability Initiatives
Our Goal for a Sustainable Future
At reStays, we strive to provide exceptional service while minimizing our impact on the environment. We are committed to implementing sustainable practices that reduce our global footprint and provide our guests with peace of mind that their stay had a smaller impact on our planet.
reStays is a LEED registered property with Silver certification pending.
Our Sustainable Features
We take hard-scape management seriously and have implemented heating in our walkways, eliminating the need for snow and ice removal. This reduces harmful chemical use and runoff, as well as energy waste from snow removal equipment. Our green roof provides a long list of sustainable benefits, including reducing heat island effect, retaining rainwater ecological biodiversity, and improving air quality. Additionally, the green roof offers an experiential benefit with improved views from the upper tower to the verdant roofscape below.
We have worked with our mechanical and electrical consultants to ensure the use of high efficiency boilers, furnaces, and domestic water heaters. Our suite layouts can accommodate energy recovery ventilators, and we have extensive use of LED lights and occupancy sensors in amenity and common spaces, generating energy savings over the life of the building.
We offer a mobile check-in, reducing the use of paper at check-in (registration card). Our keyless entry system eliminates the need for plastic keys (and key holders), reducing waste. We offer housekeeping on demand, which means less laundry detergent is used. Our in-house laundry facilities reduce our carbon footprint by eliminating the need for transportation of linen. We have sorting bins in every suite for garbage and recycling, making it easier for guests to recycle. We are incorporating tablets in our rooms to reduce paper use for our guest directory and other promotional materials (tent cards, flyers, etc.). Finally, we have installed aerators in our faucets to reduce water waste and consumption.
Restoration and Reuse of Materials
Preserving the historical atmosphere of our site is important to us, and we have restored elements from the existing heritage façade. Our restoration project was in coordination with the NCC’s heritage architects and was ever mindful of the agreement with the NCC and the conditions inherent in that comprehensive document and the associated approval from the NCC’s Advisory Committee on Planning, Design and Realty (ACPDR). We have also reused materials taken from the building, such as windows and window surrounds, stored for several years and then restored for re-installation in a new brick façade with a new lead coated copper cornice at the top of the building. This cornice boasts a distinctive center gable and bishop-hat finials framing the centrepiece.
Pedestrian Traffic Developed
We have developed links through the site, allowing pedestrian traffic to walk a series of covered walkways, open skies, and a grand outdoor stair, that leads past a restaurant patio at Queen St. The new building built behind and beside the Heritage façade picks up on the rhythm of proportions of the Heritage Façade to create an inviting streetscape to the Sparks St. Pedestrian Mall.
Why Sustainable Travel is Important
Sustainable travel is vital because it allows tourism to continue while protecting local environments. Over-tourism has damaged the environment in many places around the world, causing depletion of natural resources, pollution, and many more physical impacts. Sustainable travel helps to avoid these negative effects while still supporting local economies. As a hotel, we believe that we play an important role in promoting sustainable travel, and we encourage our guests to do their part by taking advantage of the many eco-friendly transportation options that Ottawa offers.