SAN FRANCISCO—The W San Francisco hotel here has now attained Silver-level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. According to the hotel’s manager, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, the property is the first existing hotel belonging to a major brand that has attained the certification.
In total, seven existing hotels across the U.S. have attained the Silver LEED ranking.
The W San Francisco’s LEED attributes include the facts that 70% of its guestroom lighting and 90% of its back-of-the-house lighting is energy efficient by using compact fluorescent lighting and LED bulbs as well as motion sensors, among other technologies; the new HVAC cooling towers save 300 kilowatts per year; motion sensors power off the HVAC system in unoccupied guestrooms; and there are Energy Star power management features on all of the hotel’s PCs.
The hotel is also now considering installing wind turbines on its roof, which would be a first for a commercial building in San Francisco.
Furthermore, all food and beverage served for meetings at the W San Francisco is organic, biodynamic and local.
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