The InterContinental hotel in San Francisco, a luxurious hotel received an LEED Gold certificate for existing building. According to the company’s press release, the luxurious hotel is the first LEED certification among IterContinental Hotels & Resorts’ hotel properties across the globe. A lodging-centered real estate investment company that holds a portfolio of about 23 top hotels and resorts— DiamondRock has recent publicized its intention to acquire a hotel property that is still under construction until 2013.
The company agrees to acquire the hotel property until its completion for $112.5 million to $135 million. The luxurious hotel achieved the first LEED Gold for InterContinental, while also achieving the designation as California’s Largest LEED for Existing Buildings Property and the Third Largest across the United States.
The USGBC or the United States Green Building Council awards the luxurious hotel with a the LEED for Existing Buildings’ Operations & Maintenance category, which measure various criteria including energy efficiency, its cleaning method, and its accessibility to public transportation.
Existing buildings, if they want to adopt sustainable initiatives, like the luxurious hotel, needs to add sustainable devices and systems to become more energy efficient according to the USGBC’s LEED standard.
According to the Vice President, Global Brand Management at IHG, the company is proud of the efforts and hard works given by the San Francisco InterContinental team in achieving the company’s first LEED EBOM certification.
Among the hotel’s recently adopted green initiative include floor-ceiling-windows—for natural light, and ENERGY Star labeled appliances, etc.
The 550-rooms luxurious hotel is situated in San Francisco’s bustling downtown Market district.