Marriott is to expand its green hotel portfolio
ten-fold over the next five years by introducing a green hotel
prototype that will be pre-certified LEED (Leadership in Energy
and Environmental Design), an internationally recognized green
building certification system designed by the U.S. Green Building
The green hotel prototype, which will be
available in April 2010, is believed to save owners approximately
$100,000 and six months in design time. It will also reduce a
hotel’s energy and water consumption by up to 25%, based on
national averages. These savings, combined with incentives offered
in many jurisdictions, could provide a payback for the LEED
building investment in about two years.
The green hotel prototype, referred to by the
USGBC as “volume build certification,” has been created for
Marriott’s Courtyard brand, which has a development pipeline of
nearly 160 hotels worldwide. In 2010, the company expects to
introduce similar green hotel prototypes for its Fairfield Inn,
Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites and TownePlace Suites brands,
which represent more than 290 hotels in the pipeline worldwide.
“Marriott's’ commitment makes it among the first in the
world to commit to implementing green buildings on this scale,”
said Doug Gatlin, Vice President, USGBC. Marriott was the first
hospitality member of the USGBC, and has more than 20 LEED
accredited professionals on staff.
While many of the benefits of LEED
certification, such as improved energy savings, better
indoor air quality and reduced CO2 emissions, are
transparent to guests, others are easier to identify
such as easy access to public transportation, in-room
recycling, and light sensors in the guest rooms.
“The green hotel
prototype gives Marriott a competitive edge with guests who prefer
a green hotel experience, and with the growing number of owners
and franchisees who want to provide it,” said Arne Sorenson,
Marriott’s President and Chief Operating Officer at the USGBC’s
annual Green Build conference in Phoenix.
Courtyard Settler’s Ridge in Pittsburgh, Penn., scheduled to open
in the summer of 2010, will be the first to be built based on the
new green hotel prototype concept.
Marriott already has 50 hotels
registered for LEED, with 15 open or set to open by the end of
The Inn & Conference Center by Marriott at the University of
Maryland in College Park was the first LEED hotel in North
America, and Marriott’s recently opened Portland Courtyard City
Center in Oregon was just awarded LEED-Gold status. Other green
hotels are planned in the Caribbean and Latin America, in
partnership with Caribe Hospitality. As a benchmark, there are
only 31 LEED-certified hotels across the entire U.S. lodging
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