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Tia (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted on Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 10:19 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Hi, I am trying to source statistics to aid in convincing a large hotel chain to become LEEDS certified. Are there statistics available which show increased bed nights after certification or a % higher in these types of hotels?
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Posted on Monday, April 18, 2011 - 01:43 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

well, it might help if you got LEED correct.
Wayne Yancey
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Username: wayne_yancey

Post Number: 445
Registered: 01-2008

Posted on Monday, April 18, 2011 - 02:19 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Dear Unregistered,

Is the correct use of LEED a prerequiste to send a reasonable reply to reasonable question?

Tia's request did not require a flippant and discourteous reply. Take a valium and reply with a constructive response. Or if rude is your best effort stay out of this forum.

I do not have a much to offer other than at least one hotel chain (can't remember the name but it may have been Marriot) experienced significant water use reductions with the use of dual flush toilets. The toilets were from Coroma, a manufacturer out of Austrailia. One of their attributes is a larger discharge at the floor than normally found in US waterclosets. In otherwords, won't clog up and overflow.

Two other hotel chains that I have worked with do have sustainable objectives as part of their corporate philosophy but I am not certain if they applied LEED requirements or have their own GREEN program. When I last worked on these projects, they were in the prototype stage and I have not been back on any ground up or renovation projects. I was contributing to a design standards manual for future design authorities. Hotels may not see a significant increase in beds occupied. They may gain improvements in operating costs.
Lisa Goodwin Robbins, RA, CCS, LEED ap
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Username: lgoodrob

Post Number: 131
Registered: 08-2004
Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 02:04 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

I agree with Wayne, on both counts.
Most building owners look for a reduction in operating costs with improved energy use. Some universities have found that LEED provided a framework for comparing operating costs between different buildings on campus.
You might ask a tourism-related marketing agency for increased bednights in ecotourism resorts. Good luck.
Anne Whitacre, FCSI CCS
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Username: awhitacre

Post Number: 1146
Registered: 07-2002

Posted on Friday, April 22, 2011 - 01:26 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

here is one small piece that talks about the ROI of going "green" in hotels, but I would suggest that hotel bednights are subject to so many variables that no data is going to be completely useful. http://www.ridgelinehospitality.com/Going-Green-For-Profits-RefinishingTouchBlog.pdf

Kimpton Hotels has been "green" for at least five years now, and they not only market themselves that way but also market extensively to the boutique business traveler. If you go to the Kimpton web site they talk quite a bit about their sustainable efforts. I stay in Kimpton hotels frequently and have found that their basic sustainable options are inconsistently enforced (ie, even if you say you don't need your towels laundered, they are usually replaced daily no matter what).
as for the anonymous comment, LEED has been in the news at least daily for at least a decade. You don't have to be particularly aware to get that correct.

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