This is what it looks like if you see a sunset at the Olive Room.
This is what it looks like if you see a sunset at the Olive Room.
a. Manufacturer : Eco Stucco
b. Main Features: Natural, non toxic, vapor permeable, antibacterial, and absorbs CO2
c. LEED Credits:
1. Indoor Environmental Quality EQ 4.1 Low-Emitting Materials, Sealers.
2. Indoor Environmental Quality EQ 4.2 Low Emitting Materials, Paints and Coatings.
3. Construction Waste Management- MR 2.1 Divert 50% from Disposal
4. Construction Waste Management- MR 2.2 Divert 75% from Disposal
5. Regional Materials – MR 5.1: 10% Extracted, Processed & Manufactured Regionally
6. Regional Materials – MR 5.2 20% Extracted, Processed & Manufactured Regionally
7. Innovation and Design Process: ID 1.1 Lightweight Alternative to ceramic tiles, Quarried Stone, and Bricks.
8. Innovation and Design Process: ID 1.1 Low Maintenance and Long Life Cycle.
d. Sustainability information:
Earlier in the week we mentioned that we would provide details of the soon to be opened Olive Room at the The Inn at the Black Olive. We have talked a lot about it as a wine location, so let us start there.
The Olive room will feature a short and focused wine list on any given night, but will draw from a large variety of choices. The focus will be on new regions, new grape varietals, eco-friendly and Greek wines.
The Olive Room will host a series of events showcasing the wines, grape varietals, and winemakers that help make The Black Olive one of the Fifty Best Wine Experiences in America.
Extensive Availability for Special Events.
For your meeting, banquet and special gathering needs the Olive Room can provide a beautiful setting, capacity for 80, and one of the most extensive wine selections in Baltimore.
More details to come.
I’ll admit, we have billed ourselves as a green building more than once. Yes, I know “green” includes everything from oil companies to basketball games. I also know that when applied to buildings and hotels this term often lacks definition and is not judged on any standard. In fact as a recent commenter on the Baltimore Sun article about our Inn suggest, the invocation of green is often an attempt to get another type of green($$$) by appealing to the guilt of the consumer without any tangible benefit for the planet.
But still we use the term. In part I blame Twitter. Not only is #greenbuilding a more popular hashtag, but green is just shorter than high performance.
All joking aside this points to an important aspect of this discussion. As much as people are suspicious of the term “green” there is still an expectation of what it should mean. Even if not defined by strict standards and guidelines, the public consciousness of a green building includes concepts like
Because of this public sense about what “green” should mean the term has the potential power to motivate consumers and citizens to include the environment in every decision they make. What the term needs to claim that power is a tangible definition of what it means.
The United States Green Building Council has created the LEED system of building rating. This system is an industry leader, and utilizes the most up to date and rigorously tested international engineering and construction standards in order to certify on a publicly available scale that the claims made about a green building can be scientifically verified.
The Inn at The Black Olive is applying for LEED Platinum Certification for New Construction. This is the highest rating possible, and we have constructed the building to these standards. So when we say “green building” we have a scale to judge that against. As such this building can serve as a demonstration of environmentally sustainable construction to the public, to consumers, and to developers.
This, though, is a post about “high performance building”. We prefer the term high performance because the environmentally friendly construction program will leave us with a building that consumes less energy, less water and less paper. It will emit less toxins and pollutants, it will require less maintenance, and it will have a lifespan that is nearly 300% of that of a traditional building.
By using products like aerated concrete, machine room less elevators, energy efficient roofing, and geothermal heating and cooling, we have constructed a building that will last and be usable for decades to come.
So yes. We say green. It is a powerful term and we want to aspire to be what the public wants it to be. We also want to serve as an example of how that term can be defined. Using “high performance” to provide demonstration and definition to “green” can help the term to reach its potential power.
Cost savings still often speak louder than carbon savings, but if carbon savings paid for in the initial stages pay off as 100 years of cost savings, then high performance green building will make sense from a business as well as a environmental perspective.
We know the Inn a The Black Olive will be both, and we can’t wait for it to open.
Last week when we unveiled some of the components of the Inn at the Black Olive we discussed geothermal heating and cooling. After that announcement and the Baltimore Sun Article that discussed the building there was some question on the comments section of the web site that seemed to wonder how this geothermal stuff works.
One of the commenters did a great job explaining how it works
"The system that they are installing does not use groundwater; it is a closed-loop system that uses a non toxic alcohol based anti- freeze solution circulating in an array of plastic pipe coils 30 or 40 feet below street level. The solution is pumped through a heat exchanger that is connected to a heat pump system that provides heat in the winter and cooling in the summer. See this website: http://www.geokiss.com/”
We will provide more information about this amazing technology, but for now we thought we would show you some pictures so you can envision how it will work.
The Black Olive has some of the best wine in Maryland and one of the best wine experiences in America. The Olive Room at the Inn at the Black Olive will take the experience to new heights!
Sitting on the roof of a beautiful high performance building, The Olive Room will offer one of the best views of Baltimore to be had. The wine list will feature the most ecologically friendly wines from around the world.
Add to that a menu featuring small plate iterations of Black Olive classics combined with new dishes for a new space, and you have the makings of a great new spot on the east side of the Harbor.
It is probably apparent that we are pretty excited about The Olive Room. We think you will be as well.
This week we will post a lot of information about the Inn but we are going to go into a lot of depth about the Olive Room. Stay tuned for details including:
While we are talking about wine check out the Black Olive Wine Blog.
Machine room Less Elevator with Regenerative drive
1. Energy and Atmosphere Credit 1 Optimize energy efficiency
2. Innovation and Design Process: 1.1 Low impact Vertical Transportation
4. Sustainability information:
High Performance/ Sustainability information:
Geothermal Heating Information