by Sarah J.F. Braley | February 19, 2016

According to the U.S. Green Building Council, a growing number of hotels are being constructed with green practices in mind.

The USGBC's LEED in Motion: Hospitality report shows more than 300 hotels (some 109 million square feet of space in all) currently are LEED certified; of those, 119 properties are certified Gold or Platinum. In the construction pipeline are more than 1,100 registered hotels totaling 638.7 million square feet.

"Across industries we are seeing an increase in consumer demand toward sustainability practices, and no industry is better poised to meet these demands than hospitality. This growing sector is rapidly adopting green buildings because owners and developers want to enhance their triple bottom line -- people, planet and profit," said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair of the USGBC. "LEED is a transformative tool that positively impacts the quality of our built space by creating a healthier, more sustainable environment that saves money and resources."

The USGBC notes that a recent study from McGraw Hill Construction says green construction in the hospitality sector increased 50 percent between 2011 and 2013, and represents 25 percent of all new construction in the sector today.

The current iteration of LEED (which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), called LEED v4, has adapted certain sustainability credits to meet the needs of the hospitality sector, which by its nature uses a large amount of natural resources every day to serve guests. This adaptation places emphasis on the hospitality industry's distinct food-service and room-occupancy requirements, which differ greatly from commercial building applications such as office space and retail.

View the USGBC's report here.