October 19, 2011 01:12
The number of LEED certified hotels now stands at 122, according to the U.S. Green Building Council which runs the green building certification program. Twenty-two of those hotels are outside of the United States. There are five levels of LEED certification on the USGBC's latest list: Certified, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. (USGBC currently offers only Certified, Silver, Gold, Platinum.) Platinum, of course, is the highest level of certification. Of the 122 certified properties, there are currently 11 that have earned the Platinum designation. Just two of those are in the United States--the Proximity Hotel in Greensboro, N.C., and the Bardessono in Yountville, Calif. There are seven Platinum hotels in India. There are currently 41 hotels that have earned LEED Gold. Forty-seven have earned LEED Silver, Twenty-two hotels have earned the Certified designation.
The state most represented? California has the most with 21. There are many states that still have no LEED certified properties. The types of certification range from LEED CI (Commercial Interiors) to LEED EB (Existing Buildings) and LEED NC (New Construction). Of the 122 hotels certified, most (81) are LEED NC. To receive the complete list of LEED certified hotels, send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.