The US Green Building Council recently awarded the Intercontinental San Francisco LEED Gold certification for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (LEED EBOM). According to an article by greenbuildingelements.com, it's IHG's first venue in its portfolio to get LEED certified for an existing property and the largest hotel in California to receive the LEED EBOM certification.
Surprisingly, it's one of only 13 hotels in the country with Gold LEED EBOM, according to the article. Opened in 2008 with 550 guest rooms, the hotel asked employees from the start to incorporate green practices in their day-to-day work. They also formed a "Green Team" to help make the LEED certification a reality.
Located in the city’s South of Market district, the InterCon has integrated many sustainable features and practices:
- Floor to ceiling windows throughout the property
- More than 95% of staff use public transportation, reducing the carbon dioxide emitted by commuting.
- ENERGY Star labeled appliances are used throughout.
- Guest rooms, meeting spaces and other areas have motion sensors to reduce power and conserve energy.
- A comprehensive recycling and composting program, diverting 80% of the hotel’s generated waste away from landfills.
While there might be mention in the industry of "green fatigue," it's apparent that LEED certification is still important, as demonstrated by the Intercontinental San Francisco.
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