The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach, California, has become the first hotel globally to earn the UL Verified Healthy Buildings Mark for Indoor Air and Hygiene.
The 332-room resort, operated by Irvine Company Resort Properties, underwent an extensive process to earn the verification, demonstrating that both front and back of house have excellent indoor air quality (IAQ) and hygiene.
To achieve the UL Verification Mark, the hotel participated in numerous desktop audits and on-site IAQ performance testing and assessment inspections. These included assessment of the air handling units, hygiene testing for janitorial effectiveness and spot air quality tests for various gases and particles throughout the resort and guestrooms.
UL experts used the assessment results to verify claims regarding air quality aligned with industry-recognized, third-party organizations including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).
“For the hospitality industry, there has never been a more critical time to demonstrate its commitment to guests, employees and the indoor environment by leading with science to help ensure quality and cleanliness in hotels and resorts,” said Sean McCrady, director, Asset and Sustainability Performance, Real Estate Properties at UL. “By earning the UL Verified Healthy Building Mark, The Resort at Pelican Hill has taken a significant step in advancing indoor air quality and hygiene. Their bold action demonstrates a commitment to putting the health and well-being of their building occupants first, and we’re pleased they are placing their trust in UL to deliver on that promise.”
“The Resort at Pelican Hill has always been committed to the health and safety of our guests, our associates and our community,” said Gerard Widder, managing director of The Resort at Pelican Hill. “The world’s most discerning travelers already trust us to create a world-class experience. Achieving the UL Verified Healthy Buildings Mark demonstrates our commitment to maintain that excellence while investing in programs that prioritize the well-being of our guests and hard-working associates.”