Our Environmental Commitment
Below are some facts and key information regarding Complexions Spa’s state-of-the-art green facility located in Albany, New York:
Our green commitment is strong and took a lot of work, but will payoff for us, our customers, and the earth. Complexions Spa estimates to save more than $10,600 annually in utility bills with its energy-efficient measures. The greenhouse gas savings is estimated at 56 tons annually, the equivalent of the co2 emissions from the electricity use of nearly seven homes for one year.
Our green commitment was solidified when Complexions became the first Gold LEED® certified spa in the country for new construction. Such a certification is one of the highest standards when it comes to building green facilities. Click here to read more.
The spa is also registered with the U.S. Green Building Council.
New York State Energy Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) awarded Complexions with a bronze plaque and $31,000 in grant funding as well as a Loan Fund which reduced their overall building loan by four interest points saving her thousands of dollars.
Complexions Spa was one of 13 recipients of the Energy STAR small Business Award in 2008. The Energy STAR Award is sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The program recognizes businesses that implement policies and operations that result in drastic reductions in energy use and negative environmental impact.
High-efficiency, double-pane, low-e, argon-filled windows are used in a sunroom. The windows have a lower solar heat gain factor and low thermal transmittance.
High-efficiency, roof-top units with a cooling Energy Efficiency Ratio of 12.5 were installed. They have an annual Fuel Utilization efficiency of 82% and the equipment is Energy STAR qualified.
Complexions compliments its sustainable building practices by purchasing all of its energy based on its generation by renewable resources such as wind and hydro.
The spa purchased all Energy STAR and energy-efficient appliances that includes refrigerators, washers, and domestic hot water heaters and computers.
The spa reduces its water use with low-flow toilets and faucets.
The outside landscape design uses drought resistant plants which require minimal watering.
Complexions added an energy recovery ventilator to recapture the energy of the exhaust air. This helps reduce the amount of energy needed to heat or cool the outdoor air to the desired space conditions.
Energy demand is reduced by the installation of high-efficiency lighting and lighting controls. The lighting design has reduced energy usage to 0.4 watts per square foot, plus many of the work rooms have light sensors to save more energy.
VIP parking is available for guests who drive a hybrid car and parking spaces are available for bikes.
When the spa was being built (re-opened in May 2008), they diverted 75% of construction waste from going to the landfills.
During construction they utilized recycled materials including recycled steel, cork flooring, carpet and flooring tiles made out of recycled tires, ceiling tiles, and doors all contained recycled material.
All paints, wallpaper and adhesives had to have no VOC scores. All wood used in cabinetry came from forests certified through Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), a non-profit organization devoted to encouraging the responsible management of the world’s forests.
All cleaning supplies, laundry detergents and paper supplies come from eco-friendly sources.