• Hampton Inn and Homewood Suites Chicago Downtown/West Loop Awarded Prestigious LEED Green Building Certification

     
    POSTED April 10, 2017
     

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system has awarded The Hampton Inn and Homewood Suites Chicago Downtown/West Loop LEED Silver.

The hotel received the designation due to its high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

“Market transformation happens one building at a time. The Hampton Inn and Homewood Suites Chicago Downtown / West Loop project understands the value of LEED and has exemplified extraordinary leadership in reshaping their sector,” says Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC. “The success of LEED is due to the partnership and support of those committed to advancing green building and sustainability. Each new LEED certification is one step closer to revolutionizing the environment in which we live, work and play.”

More than 89,600 commercial projects are currently participating in LEED, comprising more than 17.1 billion square feet of construction space in the U.S. and more than 164 countries and territories.

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