Clifton South Beach Honored with LEED Gold Certification for its Sustainable Design

Cambean Hospitality announces its property, the Clifton South Beach, has been certified by the USGBC for achieving LEED® Gold. The hotel is the first LEED certified building in Miami Beach and the first LEED Gold hotel in the State of Florida.
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Aug. 31, 2011 - PRLog -- Clifton South Beach is the First LEED Certified Building in the City of Miami Beach and the First LEED Gold Hotel in the State of Florida

Miami Beach, August 31, 2011- Cambean Hospitality announces its property, the Clifton South Beach, has been certified by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for achieving LEED® Gold for New Construction for its environmentally sustainable design and construction.  The hotel is the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified building in the City of Miami Beach, the first LEED Gold hotel in the State of Florida, and the only LEED certified hotel in Miami-Dade County.

The 35-room boutique hotel underwent a multi-million dollar renovation and re-opened in early 2010. Built in 1948, the post-war architecture of the Clifton incorporates distinct elements of the unique Art Deco style that has defined the popular tourist and nightlife area for over six decades. While the property's historic façade remains the same, the interior of the Clifton has been completely transformed with modern and eco-luxury furniture, fixtures and equipment.

"Although the Clifton Hotel is a historic property that was operating at the time of acquisition, we wanted to explore all the possibilities of building and operating an eco-friendly and sustainable hotel.  We made a decision to go beyond just an interior renovation or to focus on operations and maintenance.  The opportunity to rebuild the property under the guidelines of LEED for New Construction allowed us to explore all avenues of sustainable design and operations.  We are committed to identifying and incorporating the most effective and efficient means of conserving energy, water and other natural resources, while providing a unique and enjoyable eco-friendly boutique hotel experience for our guests and a safer, healthier work environment for our employees,” states Brian Scheinblum, President of Cambean Hospitality. “Our goal at the Clifton is to prove that it is possible to be environmentally responsible without sacrificing comfort or style.”

The Clifton's renovation included a series of steps that were specifically designed to achieve LEED Gold certification standards.  These include a high efficiency air conditioning system; an occupancy-sensing energy management system; LED lighting; water conserving dual flush toilets and high efficiency faucets; energy-efficient windows; as well as carpet and fabrics made from recycled products.  Energy is generated by a 14.6 kW rooftop photovoltaic array.  A custom designed system produces hot water from waste heat generated by HVAC units used to cool the building.  With these energy and water conserving systems, the Clifton is expected to achieve a 32% energy reduction and 30% water savings over a new code building.

In addition, the project involved the careful rehabilitation of original historic building features such as terrazzo flooring in the Lobby and on the terrace as well as the historic neon sign which is now flanked by LED lighting.  Interior design features include furniture which was custom made locally using bamboo, which is also used for the hotel hallways and stairways.  Many materials such as fabric and carpeting were manufactured using recycled content. All interior paints contain zero volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Mattresses are composed of 100% renewable materials and pillows are fabricated using recycled bottle material.  For guest room artwork and mirrors, frames are produced from post consumer wood (recycled wood products) and recycled mat boards. Additionally, water-based inks were utilized for the production of the custom Giclée photographic prints which were specially commissioned to feature scenes of the Florida Everglades to help bring guest awareness of the beauty of the area and highlight the importance it has to our region.

Guests are encouraged to become involved by sorting their recyclables in guest room recycling bins. Guest room directories highlight green initiatives and feature some non-profit  partners whose initiatives work toward building a more sustainable environment and who impact the local community in a positive way.  One example is hotel partner, Clean the World, who takes the Cambean hotels’ partially used soap amenity products and then recycles and distributes soap products to domestic homeless shelters and impoverished countries.

“As a historic property, subject to the rules and regulations of the city of Miami Beach’s Historic Preservation guidelines, there were many additional challenges associated with rebuilding the Clifton and qualifying for the necessary points required in the LEED for NC 2.2 system. Considering those additional obstacles, it is extremely gratifying to have achieved this Gold level of certification,” said Rob Hink, President of The Spinnaker Group which provided LEED consulting and commissioning for the project.  “With the Clifton, we had the opportunity to become familiar with sustainable, eco-friendly systems and have utilized that knowledge to begin the long-term integration of these practices and technologies into all of our properties," said Scheinblum.  "Cambean Hospitality was the first carbon neutral hospitality group in the United States and we are researching more changes and look forward to implementing additional earth friendly features soon throughout all of our hotels.  We are committed to promoting true sustainability in the lodging industry.”

Cambean Hospitality also owns and manages three other historic boutique properties in Miami Beach, including the Majestic South Beach Hotel, Lords South Beach at Nash, and the Carlton South Beach Hotel.

For more information, please contact Brian Scheinblum at (305)455-2236 or visit

About Cambean Hospitality Hotels
Cambean Hospitality is a Miami Beach-based hotel ownership and management company that provides professional support services to independent hotel properties. Cambean Hospitality combines cutting edge technology services and prestige locations, incorporating high end yield practices to maximize profits and streamline expenses through personalized strategies that focus on operations, finance, sales and marketing, as well as human resource management. Currently, Cambean Hospitality properties include the Carlton South Beach Hotel (, Majestic South Beach Hotel (, Clifton South Beach Hotel ( and the Lords South Beach at Nash (  For more information, please visit or contact Brian Scheinblum at

About Cambean Earth
The mission of Cambean Hospitality’s green lodging initiative, Cambean Earth, is to promote the growth and acceptance of sustainable hospitality options worldwide, through the development and implementation of environmentally friendly systems and practices in all Cambean properties. To that end, Cambean employs innovative technologies and systems throughout the organization, and seeks to educate guests, as well as management and staff, about the benefits of sustainability.

About LEED®
The LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™ is a feature-oriented rating system that awards buildings points for satisfying specified green building criteria. Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum levels of LEED green building certification are awarded based on the total number of points earned within each LEED category. LEED has also been adopted nationwide by federal agencies, state and local governments, and interested private companies. For more information, visit

Brian Scheinblum
President, Cambean Hospitality
Tel: 305.455.2236

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1433 Collins Avenue
USA - Miami Beach, FL 33139
Phone: 305-672-5858
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