Working Towards Reducing The Hotel Building Carbon Footprint
By Ranjit Gunewardane Vice President, Hotel Solutions Partnership | May 2023
This article was co-authored by Lisa Basford, Associate, Hotel Solutions Partnership
Co-authored by Lisa Basford, Associate, Hotel Solutions Partnership
The New Buildings Institute has stated there are 5.9 million existing commercial buildings in the U.S. comprising 97 billion square feet of floor space.
New construction represents less than 2% of building activity in any given year, leaving a vast amount of outdated technologies in the current building stock.
Hotels account for more than 5 billion square feet of space and spend more than $7.5 billion on energy each year, as cited by the last EPA update. With approximately 47,000 hotels and motels in America, the industry spends nearly $2,196.00 per available room each year on energy; This comes to about 6% of all domestic hotel operating costs, so an opportunity to reduce energy costs is welcome news to hotels.
Of that 40% of total emissions, building operations are responsible for 27% annually, while building and infrastructure materials and construction (typically referred to as embodied carbon) are responsible for an additional 13% annually.