Retailers and hotel owners realize that green building makes good business sense.
On the Spanish island of Ibiza, a hotel uses an ingenious method to keep its guests cool using a living vertical garden and the magical properties of evaporation.
These prefab cabins at an eco-resort and spa in Portugal are sited in between the trees of a forest and built on raised foundations to tread as lightly as possible on the land.
These three boutique hotels offer some extreme examples of how building materials and innovative site plans can make them uniquely suited for their unusual environments.
As part of its goal to have 300 LEED certified hotels by 2015, Marriott has announced the new green Courtyard Charleston/Summerville hotel in South Carolina.
Using water from the Amstel River for its oxy-hydrogen generators, the H20tel prototype provides power for heating, cooling, cooking and electricity with 100% renewable energy.