More than a mere trend, LEED-certified hotels now number approximately 50, nearly doubling in the last six months. The surge in LEED applications and successful certifications in the last few years shows LEED is becoming a competitive reality for the hospitality industry.
Lodging Hospitality magazine, which keeps readers up to date on LEED certification for hotels, featured “An Introduction to LEED Certification” this month. The article, written by Director of Business Consulting for UHG Consulting Darren Johnston and Patty Breech, LEED-accredited professional, gives the basics of “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” and explains why a hotel would want to “go LEED.” The authors cite several advantages for seeking LEED certification, including lower operating costs and certified recognition of green practices.
The article also explains LEED standards and why hotels are suited specifically for LEED certification.