In more franchise hotel green building news, Marriott has announced that the Courtyard Charleston/Summerville in South Carolina will be the first hotel built using Marriott International’s green hotel prototype, in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). This move will contribute of the hotel giant’s goal to have 300 LEED hotels in operation by 2015.
Last fall, Marriott announced its plans to develop a green hotel prototype for its Courtyard brand that would operators $100,000, six months in design time, and up to 25 percent energy and water savings . Their prototype was guided by the Courtyard Pittsburgh Settlers Ridge in Pennsylvania, which will open this fall and is registered for LEED certification. The company partnered with the USGBC and designated Marriott suppliers to test fixtures that save energy and water and measure the results.
The Courtyard Charleston/Summerville will open in early 2012 and will introduce the first phase of The Parks of Berkley, a community consisting of 5,000 acres and one of the largest planned developments in the Southeastern United States. It will join nearly 50 LEED certified or registered Marriott hotels in Maryland, North Carolina, Georgia, Massachusetts, Texas, Nevada, California, and Oregon. Marriott currently leads the hotel industry in LEED green buildings.