By New Mexico Business Weekly

Since opening in October, the Hotel Andaluz in downtown Albuquerque has consumed an average of about 770,000 fewer gallons of water per month than its predecessor, La Posada de Albuquerque.

Gary Goodman of the Goodman Realty acquired the historic hotel at 125 Second St. NW in 2005. He invested $30 million to renovate it with state-of-the-art energy and water-saving technology before re-opening it last year.

In the eight-month period from October through May, the Andaluz used 78 percent less water, compared to the eight-month period from October 2003 to May 2004, when it operated as La Posada, said Darin Sand of the Goodman Realty Group in a news release.

In May, the Andaluz consumed just 300,000 gallons of water. That compares to 1.2 million gallons used by La Posada in May 2004 and 730,000 gallons in May 2005.

⿿When you consider how much water La Posada used compared to Hotel Andaluz, the reduction in usage is remarkable,⿝ Sand said. ⿿We are very proud of this accomplishment, while at the same time, still providing top notch service for our customers.⿝

To save water, Goodman Realty installed low-flow showerheads and toilets, and implemented a rainwater capture system to irrigate exterior and interior landscapes.

The renovators also installed a smart system for energy control, LED and compact fluorescent interior lighting, guest room furnishings using rapidly renewable bamboo materials, and a 73-panel solar thermal system that provides 60 percent of the hotelâ¿¿s hot water.

Hotel Andaluz, Goodman Realty and Sand received ⿿The Most Innovative Recycling Project of the Year⿝ award in June from the New Mexico Recycling Coalition. The award recognizes outstanding work to promote recycling and composting throughout New Mexico.

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