Hotels are big business. In the United States alone, hotels comprise more than 5 billion square feet of space according to the U.S. Green Building Council® (USGBC) and spend in excess of $7.5 billion on energy each year as cited by The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Many hoteliers are making subtle energy-saving changes, switching to light-emitting diode (LED) and compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) technology in their hotels. (Photo: General Electric)“There is a significant opportunity in the hospitality industry to reduce environmental impact related to energy consumption as well as a powerful financial incentive for hotel owners to do so,” said Heather Wilson Coode, Hospitality Marketing Manager, GE Lighting. “Here are key trends that reflect how hotel owners are preparing for tomorrow.” 1. LEEDing a New Way Between a majority of travelers who have signified that they often take the environment into account when making travel decisions and government regulations that are gradually becoming more stringent, the expectations being placed on hoteliers with regard to environmentally sensitive construction and operations are rising. 2. A Farewell to Incandescent A shift toward more efficient hotel lighting technologies is one way that many hoteliers are making subtle energy-saving changes, and light-emitting diode (LED) and compact fluorescent (CFL) lamps are playing a big role. According to a report by NPD DisplaySearch, the demand for LED lighting is expected to double from 16 million units in 2012 to 33 million in 2013. 3. Mobile Meetings Hoteliers are embracing a hybrid design concept by providing more spaces reserved for meeting and business functions. According to research by Westin, 75 percent of workers in the U.S. have no steady office for at least one day a week. As a result, hotels are beginning to focus on providing not only a place to rest your head, but also a place to rest your laptop and notepad. For more hospitality lighting trends, visit www.gelighting.com/hospitality. About GE Lighting GE Lighting invents with the vigor of its founder Thomas Edison to develop energy-efficient solutions that change the way people light their world in commercial, industrial, municipal and residential settings. The business employs about 14,000 people in more than 100 countries, and sells products under the Reveal ® and Energy Smart ® consumer brands, and Evolve™, GTx™, Immersion™, Infusion™, Lumination™, Albeo™ and Tetra ® commercial brands, all trademarks of GE. General Electric (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter to build a world that works better. For more information, visit www.gelighting.com.