LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a global, regional and local green building rating system that provides third-party verification of the features, design, construction, maintenance, operation and effectiveness of green buildings.
LEED certification is a growing trend and concern among hotel developers, architects, hotel brands and consumers. Developed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System takes into consideration environmental and human health issues in determining hotels and other buildings to be environmentally-friendly. To earn LEED certification, a building is awarded points for satisfying certain green requirements in six categories- Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality and Innovation in Design. The number of points the building has earned then categorizes it as one of the following-Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum.
According to the USGBC, LEED-certified buildings:
Lower operating costs and increase asset value;
Reduce waste sent to landfills;
Conserve energy and water;
Are healthier and safer for occupants;
Reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions;
Qualify for tax rebates, zoning allowances and other incentives in hundreds of cities; and
Demonstrate an owner’s commitment to environmental stewardship and social responsibility.
The hospitality industry is also noticing another trend: a change in consumer behavior. Consumers are requesting sustainable resources, evaluating the indoor environment for health concerns and placing a preference on sustainable buildings. As this trend continues, consistent metrics and standards to support the quality of product the hospitality industry delivers will become even more important for a variety of stakeholders, including owners, investors and operators. Integrating green building strategies into the design, construction and daily operations of hotels makes business sense and can be an important part of a company's commitment to sustainability.
LEED in Motion: Hospitality defines the scale of the hospitality industry, the opportunity that incorporating green practices into hotels presents and the practical benefits LEED certification can provide the hospitality industry.
The hotels of tomorrow will look, feel and operate vastly differently to those of today. They will have to. Increasingly under pressure to improve efficiencies, hoteliers are realising that good design in new-build properties can significantly reduce operational costs as well as their overall impact on the environment.
As the “green” building movement gains momentum, there are increasing opportunities for hoteliers to take advantage of the latest innovations in sustainable design and incorporate them into their Career.
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