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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The Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit is transitioning to a virtual leadership symposium, taking place June 8-11, 2020. Experience 4 days of sessions, workshops, recognition, and more with industry experts and peers.
Dealing with COVID-19 presents an unprecedented scenario for building owners, plant managers, and employees. Better Buildings has collected resources from partners, affiliates, and other organizations that may prove useful.
Submetering Resources GuidanceThis document contains a variety of resources intended to help commercial partners gain better access to energy data through the use of submetering.
Marriott Implements Measurement and Verification (M&V) Process for New Technologies Solutions at a GlanceAs 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.
Las Vegas Sands Green Ideas Challenge Solutions at a GlanceThe 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.
Solutions at a Glance
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