With 24-hour 365-day operations, hotels are one of the highest energy and water consumers per square foot. Better Buildings Hospitality partners represent 1 billion square feet of the sector's total 6 billion square feet of national floorspace. Across America’s 47,000 hotels, it is estimated that the average guest room incurs nearly $2,200 in energy costs annually. By investing in and prioritizing energy efficiency, hoteliers can improve guest comfort and realize cost savings.Through the implementation of energy and water savings measures, these partners have amassed a savings of $290 million since 2011.
There are many different ways to work with DOE through the Better Buildings Initiative. Explore our partnerships to find the best fit for your organization, whether your focus is energy, water, waste, or carbon.
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To date, the 900+ Better Buildings partners have saved more than 2.5 quadrillion Btus, saving more than $15 billion and 155 million tons of CO2.
IHG Hotels & Resorts Green Engage Program Implementation ModelIHG developed a comprehensive online sustainability management system to manage hotel energy, water, and waste reduction efforts in a global, franchised business environment.
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel Showcase ProjectLoews 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. Other improvements related to energy were also completed, showing over $200,000 in savings.
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U.S. EPA Guidelines for Energy Management
A proven strategy for energy management developed by the U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR® program.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HVAC Resource Map
The HVAC Resource Map is an intuitive graphical interface that provides quick access to a broad array of quality information on operations and maintenance best practices and energy and water efficiency measures.
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.
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.
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:
- Improving access to quality energy and water data
- Fostering internal buy-in and developing a culture of sustainability
Steering Committee Members
- Lauren Pravlik, American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA)
- Vinay Patel, Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA)
- Joe Thomas, Loews Hotels
- Brian Wickens, Marriott International
- Rishi Shah, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
- Sandeep Thakrar, Neema Hospitality
- Brandon Hoilett, Travel + Leisure Co.