The Hospitality sector includes more than 4 billion square feet of floor area nationally, encompassing nearly 5 million guest rooms. Hospitality partners represent 1 billion square feet, or 24% of the hospitality sector’s total market floorspace. Every year, the hospitality sector spends more than $7 billion on energy. If every hospitality property in the US reduced energy cost by just 10%, the sector would save $730 million annually.

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Featured Solutions

The Better Buildings Initiative has identified resources and tools for the hospitality sector to help partners capitalize on energy efficiency opportunities.
This document contains a variety of resources intended to help commercial partners gain better access to energy data through the use of submetering.
Solar PV has the potential to provide significant benefits to hotels by way of attracting guests and, more importantly, reducing operating costs.
This resource highlights examples of utility services and incentives that Better Buildings partners have leveraged to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings. Using this guide, organizations can work with their utility provider to better understand if these or other energy efficiency programs are available to them.
As part of Marriott’s energy efficiency efforts, they have established an internal Measurement and Verification (M&V) process for assessing new energy-saving technologies, products, and services to be used in its global portfolio.
The Green Ideas Challenge at The Venetian, The Palazzo, and Sands Expo allowed resort staff to help identify opportunities for energy or water savings, helping staff get more involved in Las Vegas Sands's corporate sustainability efforts.

Other Resources

Case Studies

TownePlace Suites discovered an unused four-acre piece of land adjoining one of its properties, and developed the land with a solar installation, decreasing electric costs and improving the hotel’s environmental reputation.
Bardessono, a hotel in Yountville, California was designed to be one of the most energy efficient hotels in the world, including a roof-top solar array in the design to achieve significant energy savings and LEED Platinum certification.
Wastewater recycling is a market-ready solution that can save an average of 365 thousand gallons/month of combined water and sewer and 1,119 therms/month in hot water heating energy.
DOE funded evaluations of ozonation at the Charleston Place Hotel in Charleston, SC, and the Rogerson House assisted living facility of Boston, MA.
The Hampton Inn & Suites Bakersfield North-Airport, to mitigate electricity costs, installed a carport solar array that produced monthly savings of $8,800.
DOE funded an evaluations of a wastewater recycle system at the Grand Hyatt Seattle and of ozone systems at the Charleston Place Hotel and the Rogerson House Assisted Living Facility.
MGM Resorts decided to augment their retrocommissioning (RCx) efforts by installing fault detection and diagnostic (FDD) software, which identifies building systems with suboptimal performance. Beyond the significant energy waste reduction, the addition of analytics has changed the organization’s energy management culture, and allows for accurate, actionable reporting at all levels of the organization.
Hilton's 5,100 properties across 103 countries are ISO 50001 certified, saving the company $783.7 million in 8 years.
The second largest gaming company in the world by revenue, MGM Resorts International (MGM) has recently installed energy efficient parking area lighting and controls at 65% of its U.S. facilities.

Fact Sheet

This hospitality one-pager covers the benefits of joining the Better Buildings Challenge for hotel owners. Partners can use this factsheet as a tool to engage internal franchise owners on energy efficiency.  


This resource highlights examples of utility services and incentives that Better Buildings partners have leveraged to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings. Using this guide, organizations can work with their utility provider to better understand if these or other energy efficiency programs are available to them.
The Better Buildings Initiative has identified resources and tools for the hospitality sector to help partners capitalize on energy efficiency opportunities.
This document contains a variety of resources intended to help commercial partners gain better access to energy data through the use of submetering.

Implementation Models

HEI developed an energy management tracking tool that analyzes key variables such as weather normalized utility consumption, and hotel occupancy alongside capital and operational energy efficiency initiatives to create more centralized information and evaluate opportunities for improvement.
IHG's Green Engage Program Implementation Model
IHG developed a comprehensive online sustainability management system to manage hotel energy, water, and waste reduction efforts in a global, franchised business environment. Through Green Engage, IHG has avoided over $185 million in energy costs.
Seeking to formalize energy efficiency and sustainability practices across timeshare properties, Wyndham developed a Green Certification Program, which includes mandatory low and no-cost efficiency measures for all properties with opportunities to achieve advanced certification levels for more capital intensive improvements.
MGM created a web and mobile tool to encourages employees to reduce resource use and maximize efficiency.
HEI developed standardized operating procedures for establishing, maintaining, and evaluating key energy set-points at their hotel properties.


Expert building technologists discussed what they are excited about now and what fledgling ideas are exciting for generations to come. This session highlighted information that can help you decide for yourself which building strategies can help you meet your goals now and well into the future.
Making the Business Case for Water Savings 2017 Better Buildings Summit
Organizations sometimes struggle to make the business case for water saving projects due to low water rates, low usage, or some combination of the two. Learn from experts who have successfully made saving water a business imperative by taking an expanded view of the value of water saving actions. 
You are walking the talk making progress toward your Better Buildings Challenge energy reduction goal. Now it’s time to encourage your suppliers and franchisees to do the same. Learn how Better Buildings Challenge partners Wendy's, Walmart and JCHE are increasing their energy reduction impacts exponentially by helping others to follow their lead.
Communications is a tool of the future and the present day. Take advantage of best practice techniques and tips for getting the word out on your energy achievements. Learn the difference between messaging what matters and messaging for impact.
Solar PV and energy storage costs have been falling and combining the two has become cost effective in more and more locations across the U.S. In this session participants discussed use cases for solar PV plus energy storage, drivers, barriers, best practices and case studies
Hospitality Break-out 2016 Better Buildings Summit
This interactive session was an opportunity for partners to connect and converse with peers, sharing accomplishments and challenges in a candid format. Attendees particiapted in open discussions on topics such as funding energy projects, water efficiency, and communications opportunities.
This technology roundtable facilitated discussion around evaluating and implementing emerging technologies in commercial buildings. Hospitality Better Buildings partners and National Lab representatives shared their experiences with technology verification and pilot projects.
This session highlighted projects that have been able to achieve significant energy and water savings through technologies and innovative strategies.


This framework can be used as a first orienting step; it does not detail specific technology features, but instead provides a high-level overview of primary applications within each category.
For this report, the DOE evaluated the use of LED downlight luminaires in the Hilton Columbus Downtown hotel.

Showcase Projects

Placer County's Granlibakken Conference Center & Resort identified several cost effective efficiency measures to implement throughout the conference center and restaurant.The project was financed by mPOWER Placer through the Placer County Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program.
Hilton Columbus Downtown Showcase Project
Hilton Columbus Downtown features a number of energy conservation measures (ECMs) including efficient lighting, a building automation system, and variable frequency drives. As a result, Hilton Worldwide saved 32% in annual energy consumption and $387,000 in annual energy costs.
Hotel Monaco, DC Showcase Project
Through a combination of competitive bidding, innovative design, advanced controls sequencing, and attention to hotel guest satisfaction considerations, the Hotel Monaco team compiled a comprehensive suite of impactful retrofit opportunities.
In response to guest focus on green initiatives, the property owner of Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers implemented several public area and guestroom efficiency upgrades with a goal of making the hotel more environmentally friendly.
Holiday Inn Diamond Bar Showcase Project
IHG has committed to reduce water use by 12% per occupied room in water stressed regions and to reduce carbon emissions by 12% per occupied room by 2017. The Holiday Inn Diamond Bar hotel was selected for a deeper-dive water conservation pilot because of the hotel’s location in a drought-affected area and the willingness of the hotel staff and employees to participate in the program. 
Loews on-premise laundry system uses an innovative filtration system that allows it to recycle 70-85% of all laundry water. This system is estimated to save the Santa Monica hotel over 4.3 million gallons of water a year.
The Venetian, The Palazzo, and Sands Expo are a combined property and metered as a single campus, making this site an ideal target for energy efficiency upgrades and improvements. Las Vegas Sands Corp. identified a number of energy and water efficiency upgrades for its large Las Vegas campus; these have been underway since 2014, and are expected to be completed in 2017. The completed measures have already resulted in 22% energy savings.
The Hilton Austin Convention Center is a city-owned mixed-use complex consisting of a hotel, condominiums, and the Austin Chamber of Commerce. Hilton Austin implemented ECMs in guestrooms, common areas, kitchens, and laundry facilities to achieve 31% energy savings.
Using IHG’s Green Engage platform, an on-site review of the Holiday Inn Express: Atlanta Airport-College Park was conducted in July 2012. Findings demonstrated that the property is making considerable progress towards achieving level 1 in the program, but that there were additional opportunities for savings.
Saunders Hotel Group achieved 21% energy savings at the Comfort Inn and Suites Boston by installing a new cost-effective cogeneration unit and implementing other ECMs throughout the hotel, contributing to Saunders' corporate sustainability initiatives.

Solutions at a Glance

HEI Hotels & Resorts implemented the Fab Four Energy Buddies program which employs smart operation and maintenance procedures and effective employee engagement to achieve the full value of their investments in energy-efficient equipment.
The Gold Wrench Award is a novel way that Loews Hotels recognizes leadership among the engineering managers across the country.
Loews Hotels developed a Score Card tool to evaluate physical and operational performance across their building portfolio. This tool provides accountability for the engineering staff, who are tasked with meeting the company’s corporate sustainability goals, and helps direct capital investment in renovations and upgrades.
As part of Marriott’s energy efficiency efforts, they have established an internal Measurement and Verification (M&V) process for assessing new energy-saving technologies, products, and services to be used in its global portfolio.


United Technologies, the City of Atlanta, and InterContinental Hotels share innovative measures they have taken to improve water efficiency while reducing energy use.


This webinar hosted Better Buildings Challenge partners United Technology Corporation, the City of Atlanta, and InterContinental Hotels Group on the innovative measures taken to improve water efficiency while reducing energy use.

Additional Information

Sustainability in Hotels, Opportunities and Trends Shaping the Future of Hospitality - Urban Land Institute
ULI’s report,explores how the hospitality sector is embracing sustainability by, implementing energy, water, and waste management best practices.

ISO 50001 Energy Management Standard
A proven approach for U.S. industrial and commercial facilities to continually improve energy performance. This powerful new standard from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) provides an internationally recognized framework for organizations to voluntarily implement an energy management system.

U.S. EPA Guidelines for Energy Management
A proven strategy for energy management developed by the U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR program.

AH&LA Green Resource Center and Green Guidelines
Summary of association sustainability efforts including environmental guidelines, green glossary, educational publications and links to eco suppliers.

Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) BetterBricks
NEEA’s repository of resources and tools for improving the operations and performance of buildings.

ENERGY STAR Building Upgrade Manual
A strategic manual designed to assist building owners and managers to design and implement energy performance measures in commercial buildings.

Advanced Energy Design Guides
Created by ASHRAE and its partners, the Advanced Energy Design Guides for 50% Savings offer designers and contractors the tools needed for achieving a 50% energy savings compared to buildings that meet the minimum requirements of Standard 90.1-2004.

DOE 179D Tax Deduction Eligibility Calculator (for small hotels)
A DOE approved tool that provides calculations to determine eligibility for the 179D federal tax deduction as a substitute for other modeling software. The 179D DOE Calculator provides pre-simulated results to determine qualification for both the partial and interim compliance pathways.

DSIRE (Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency)
A comprehensive database of incentives, rebates and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States.

Commercial Buildings Resource Database
The database provides resources developed by the Building Technologies Office and its partners. Building owners and operators can use this centralized collection of materials produced from DOE's commercial buildings research to design, build, and upgrade their facilities.

Federal Energy Management Program Technology Deployment
The federal technology deployment evaluation process, matrix, and recommendations of technologies that can be considered for adoption across federal buildings. Research and suggestions are frequently applicable to the commercial building sector, in general.

ENERGY STAR Purchasing and Procurement
An ENERGY STAR resource on purchasing efficient products to reduce energy costs without compromising quality. Learn more about ENERGY STAR qualified products and specify them in your purchasing policies and contracts.

Anticipate RFP language requesting Green Meeting Space
An ENERGY STAR resource that provides guidance and sample language to include in your request for proposals (RFPs) that rewards your business partners for their environmental stewardship.

CEE Programs Resources
A list of initiatives and resources for achieving verifiable energy savings in residential, commercial, and industrial sectors. Visit the commercial sector list to find initiatives applicable to your hospitality organization.


The Better Buildings Alliance Hospitality Steering Committee helps to set priorities for Alliance work in the sector each year.  This year, sector activities are focused on the following priorities:

  • Emerging technology verification and market adoption
  • Engaging franchise owners and providing effective tools and resources for prioritizing energy efficiency
  • Water efficiency

Steering Committee Members

  • Lauren Pravlik, American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA)
  • Vinay Patel, Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA)
  • Raakesh Patel, Super 8 Ukiah
  • Doug Rath, Marriott International
  • Michael Dean, Hilton Worldwide
  • Sandeep Thakrar, Neema Hospitality
  • Pranav Jampani, Las Vegas Sands Corporation

Meet the Sector Committee Chair