Two brand new hotel properties near the airport could become two of the most green hotel properties in Atlanta. According to a recent press release, the Atlanta Marriott Gateway is on track to earn LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver status from the U.S. Green Building Council while the neighboring SpringHill Suites Atlanta Airport Gateway is set to become Atlanta’s first LEED Gold hotel. The SpringHill Suites, which opened in December, is already registered by the U.S. Green Building Council and the Marriott Gateway will apply for LEED Silver status upon opening in August.
Both Marriott properties were built near alternative transportation and are accessible by Atlanta airport’s new SkyTrain. Constructed with ten percent recycled materials and a landscape irrigation design that reduces water consumption by 50 percent, the new hotels will use 30 percent less water and 28 percent less energy than a non-LEED hotel. Other green aspects include white roofs to reduce heat absorption and non-coal produced energy as well as low-flow plumbing and shower fixtures.
The opening of the two green Marriott properties is part of a larger push by the hotel chain to expand its LEED portfolio to approximately 300 properties by 2015. Currently there are 30 LEED hotels certified or registered across of Marriott International’s brands.
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