Hotels Not Getting Greener (Even the Green Ones)

September 17, 2012 · Print This Article

A recent essay in Metropolis magazine notes that, in spite of the trends toward greener construction in both the construction and hospitality industries, recently built hotels tend to be worse, in terms of energy consumption, than those built in the 1960s, and asks, “Is hotel design inherently unsustainable?

The knowledge, and the accompanying graphic, makes a comparison based on energy used and CO2 emissions equivalents per room per night. The average

hotel room built in the 1960s represents the equivalent of 12.2 kilograms (26.9 pounds) CO2, while rooms built amidst 1997 - 2007 represent an equivalent of 21.5 kilograms (47.4 pounds) of CO2 emissions.


crucial point that may be responsible for some of the difference may be the same trend in housing that is pushing for larger and larger footprints. Larger rooms and increased numbers of amenities increase energy demand, […]

[Source] Cynthia


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