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Celebrations Take Place at First TownePlace Suites LEED Volume Hotel
As green design continues to expand in several areas of the hotel industry, more and more hotels are seeking out LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certifications. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is continuing to work with developers and hotel owners to take the guesswork out of building these types of eco-friendly properties.
Marriott International recently celebrated the first LEED Volume TownePlace Suites Hotel, which opened in Denver this past May. The property is in compliance with Marriott's open as part of its LEED Volume Program, which provides a streamlined path to LEED certification based on a pre-approved prototype and process.
"With the increase in global travel, we have a responsibility to ease our business impact on our natural environment. Our LEED Volume Program puts us at the forefront of the industry and it helps support our sustainable initiatives,” said Karim Khalifa, senior vice president of architecture and construction, in an announcement. "The program also allows our owners and franchisees to build sustainable hotels economically with a predictable return on investment and that our guests will love. This platform is an important part of Marriott’s global expansion and our commitment to build our hotels in an eco-sensitive way.”
[Pictured: L to R: (front row) Karl and Margaret Ewald of Arapahoe Lodging, hotel owners; E.B. "Bud" Robinson of Arapahoe Lodging, hotel owner; Kevin Hougen, president and CEO of the Aurora Chamber of Commerce; (back row)Tom Burdeshaw, vice president - design management, Marriott International; Steve Hogan, mayor of Aurora, Colo.; Todd Dickson, TownePlace Suites Denver general manager; Loren Nalewanski, vice president - global brand management, TownePlace Suites. Photos provided by The Vern's LLC]
The TownePlace Suites Denver includes a number of elements that focus on energy and water efficiency and recycling including: light-colored roofing that reflects heat and saves energy; 70 percent ENERGY STAR certified appliances including refrigerators, TVs, computers and kitchen equipment; water-efficient toilets and aerated bathroom faucets; 10 percent of the building materials used contain recycled content; “On Demand” ventilation that provides fresh air for occupied spaces without wasting energy on unoccupied areas of the property; LED lighting - controls that turn off the lights; high-tech daylight sensors to reduce electrical lighting with natural sunlight; and renewable energy sources such as solar or wind.a number of elements that focus on energy and water efficiency and recycling.
Owners of these LEED Volume hotels save about $100,000 in upfront costs and six months of design time. Additionally, owners can expect to save 25 percent in energy and water consumption and should recover their additional investment in five to six years—possibly sooner depending on federal and local government incentives.
Across the Marriott portfolio, there are more than 90 hotels that are LEED- certified or registered by the USGBC.
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