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.
Team up with DOE’s exceptional network of staff and technical experts to determine energy savings goals, develop innovative cost effective energy solutions, and deploy efficient technologies and market practices.
More than 350 leading public and private sector organizations in the Better Buildings Challenge are saving 380 trillion Btus and an estimated $3.1 billion in cumulative energy and cost savings.
Slide decks from the 2018 Better Buildings Summit sessions are now available to download and share.
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Showcase ProjectLoews implemented energy projects at the Vanderbilt Hotel due to its significant savings potential and outdated facility equipment.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.
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The Venetian and The Palazzo Showcase ProjectThe Venetian, The Palazzo, and Sands Expo are a combined property and metered as a single campus, making this site an ideal target for energy efficiency upgrades and improvements. Las Vegas Sands Corp. identified a number of energy and water efficiency upgrades for its large Las Vegas campus; these have been underway since 2014, and are expected to be completed in 2017. The completed measures have already resulted in 22% energy savings.
Loews Score Card Solutions at a GlanceLoews Hotels & Co. developed a Score Card tool to evaluate physical and operational performance across their building portfolio. This tool provides accountability for the engineering staff, who are tasked with meeting the company’s corporate sustainability goals, and helps direct capital investment in renovations and upgrades.
Strategies for Piloting High Impact Technologies Featuring the Hospitality Sector 2018 Better Buildings SummitThis technology roundtable facilitated discussion around evaluating and implementing emerging technologies in commercial buildings. Hospitality Better Buildings partners and National Lab representatives shared their experiences with technology verification and pilot projects.
Wyndham Vacation Ownership Green Certification Program Implementation ModelWyndham developed a timeshare-focused green certification program driven by strict adherence to quality assurance as a formal process for improving energy efficiency and implementing sustainable practices.
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:
- Emerging technology verification and market adoption
- Engaging franchise owners and providing effective tools and resources for prioritizing energy efficiency
- Water efficiency
Steering Committee Members
- Chris Magee, MGM Resorts International (Chair)
- Brad Aldrich, American Hotel & Lodging Association
- Jagruti Panwala, Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA)
- Raakesh Patel, Wyndham Worldwide
- Doug Rath, Marriott International
- Michael Dean, Hilton Worldwide
- Sandeep Thakrar, Neema Hospitality
- Pranav Jampani, Las Vegas Sands Corporation