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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Through the Better Buildings Alliance, over 200 public and private sector organizations across the country are working together to share and replicate positive gains in energy efficiency.
More than 345 leading public and private sector organizations in the Better Buildings Challenge are saving 240 trillion Btus and an estimated $1.9 billion in cumulative energy and cost savings.
Loews Vanderbilt Hotel Showcase ProjectLoews implemented energy projects at the Vanderbilt Hotel due to its significant savings potential and outdated facility equipment. The implemented energy conservation measures resulted in 22 percent savings.
Hospitality Energy Resources and Tools Fact SheetThis factsheet features Better Buildings resources, tools, and programs designed to help the hospitality sector improve the energy efficiency of their buildings and facilities, including hotels, motels, and inns.
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Chasing Quarters With Energy Set-Points Implementation ModelHEI devised an energy management tracking tool to overcome a lack of centralized information on energy and other key data at their hotel properties.
Loews Hotels Gold Wrench Award Solutions at a GlanceThe Loews Hotels Gold Wrench Award recognizes leadership among its engineering managers as recipients of the award are selected based on criteria requiring a high-level of commitment to monitoring energy use, engaging employees, developing energy management strategies, and other building management best practices.
Super 8 Ukiah Hotel Showcase ProjectWyndham Worldwide implemented several energy and water efficient technology upgrades at the Super 8 Ukiah hotel that resulted in 27% energy savings.
Solution at a Glance
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:
- Evaluate energy and water efficient technologies
- Promote technological, operational, and/or departmental water efficiency solutions for hospitality
- Enable franchisees to implement energy and water efficient operations
Steering Committee Members
- Ray Hobbs, Kelco Management & Development (Co-Chair)
- Chris Magee, MGM Resorts International (Co-Chair)
- Randy Gaines, Hilton Worldwide
- Bob Holesko, The Kessler Collection
- Pat Maher, American Hotel & Lodging Association
- Samantha Sorrin, Saunders Hotel Group
- Faith Taylor, Wyndham Worldwide