In a unique achievement the Ibis Styles Hobart Hotel has been certified as Australia’s first and only 5 star Green Star certified hotel. This prestigious recognition, awarded by the Green Building Council of Australia, represents national excellence in environmentally sustainable design and construction and showcases not only Xsquared Architects’ commitment to leadership in sustainability but the skill and commitment of the developer and builder in achieving the award for both design and construction. Key components of Xsquared Architects’ design approach that contributed to the award include the implementation of a climate adaptation plan that guided design and construction decisions; low levels of greenhouse gas emissions through the use of energy efficient plant and equipment and increased levels of thermal insulation; the elimination of indoor pollutants such as VOCs; and the design of spaces that benefit from high quality lighting and acoustics to enhance the health and wellbeing of both guests and staff. These achievements are reflected in the Hotel also being named the Gold Winner in the Standard Accommodation category of the Tourism Industry Council Tasmania’s 2018 Tasmanian Tourism Awards, with the project now progressing as a finalist in the 2018 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards to be announced in March 2019. Watch this space !