A new resort in Sri Lanka has earned LEED Platinum, the first-ever such designation for the country’s tourism sector.
The 16 units at the Rainforest Ecolodge border the southeastern edge of the Sinharaja Rainfores. The property, sited on a 500-acre portion of the Enselwatte Tea Estate, plunges visitors in the middle of nature and provides 360-degree views of the tea bushes and surrounding forest reserve.
It has successfully adopted a number of environmentally sensitive attributes, such as a stormwater management system, rainwater harvesting, green roofs, and water-efficient landscaping. The facility has achieved energy savings through the use of windows for natural ventilation and daylighting, reducing reliance on HVAC and electric lighting.
“The eco-lodge initiative remains central to the strategy of building sustainable tourism based on Sri Lanka’s unique biodiversity richness,” said Prema Cooray, chairman of the Rainforest Ecolodge. “The lodge conforms to environmental best practices in design and management, following international ecotourism guidelines in Sri Lanka for the first time, and also supports conservation activity in the forest buffer of the threatened Sinharaja Rainforest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.”