An international hotel group announces on Thursday that its green design Green Engage— its internal sustainability system received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design or LEED certification by the USGBC. IHG or the InterContinental Hotels Group— is said to be the first hotel to achieve the award for the hotel’s existing green design.
The hotel’s LEED certification is said to further strengthen its place as the hotel industry’s leader in sustainability and green design.
A LEED certification is given to the most sustainable structures with green design. It also grants an independent and globally recognized rating system in accordance with its standards including sustainable construction materials, energy savings, and water conservation.
In the United States alone, average hotel paid about $500,000 for electricity costs— in excess.
IHG’s Green Engage, a green design that can deliver $90,000 energy savings annually— which makes the hotel about 15 percent to 20 percent more energy efficient.
For IHG, about $300 million is saved in energy costs annually for the hotel’s entire portfolio or about 4,500 hotels across the world. It has about 1000 hotel branch registered to Green Engage program including InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, and Holiday Inn.
The hotel’s green design also caters for guests and individuals who prefer to stay in a “green” or USGBC certified hotel.
President of IHG’s Americas region, Jim Abrahamson said the LEED certification will be a real value for the company.
Gaining USGBC’s endorsement, IHG’s Green Engage means that all hotels under its portfolio can speed up their individual LEED certification, if they choose to get certified by using Green Engage’ green design.