Marriott Hotel Going Green

Marriott International unveiled a prototype last week that will help it build more green, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified hotels.

Charleston/Summerville is the first of Marriott hotels set to open in early 2012, will be a LEED hotel, created in partnership with the US Green Building Council.

According to their press, using the prototype will save the hotel giant six months of design time on each hotel. That’s about what the company says it would usually take to design a LEED-certificate worth new property. Marriott plans to roll out similar prototypes for its other brands in the future, including Residence Inn by Marriott and Towne Place Suites.

The company also expects to save about $100,000, and up to 25% in energy and water savings on each hotel built following this prototype.

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Green is just as important to the companies themselves as it is to the guest. As energy consumption becomes an issue, as water consumption becomes an issue, etc. all of the hotels will find themselves spending a lot of money in taxes and similar because resource constraints will lead to consumption based restrictions and taxation. This process gives the various hotel chains a chance to get ahead of the game before they have to ration their resources or be heavily penalized for consumption. Pretty much all of this falls under sustainable development practices and for absolute certainty the design of any non LEED hotel is not sustainable – though many of them are STILL more efficient than the average home.

From the research I did, I think Holiday Inn, Intercontinental Hotel, Crowne Plaza have already launched such initiative..

According to the USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council), there are currently 937 LEED registered and certified hotels in the U.S.

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and telezoo.com that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @ awesomize.me

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