InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is the owner of seven hotel brands including Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza and InterContinental. The company owns about 4,500 hotels with 650,000 guest rooms, making it the largest hotel group in the world. The company has been involved in the green building movement for years through its in-house Green Engage program. This program recently received a LEED volume precertification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

This is the first volume precertification for an existing green building program in the hotel industry. The precertification means that if individual hotels decide to pursue LEED certification, they are able to expedite the process by using Green Engage.

"On average, energy is the second largest cost in hotels and our hotel owners want help to manage this. Green Engage aids hotels in becoming more energy-efficient, environmentally sustainable while delivering significant cost savings to them. The extra boost of LEED precertification will be of real value, to owners as it provides a stamp of approval recognized by industry and corporate clients," said Jim Abrahamson, president of IHG's Americas region.” Source: IHG

IHG’s Green Engage software allows hotels to measure their energy and water use, waste and carbon emissions. The software then allows hotels to manage these resources and report on progress towards resource reduction goals.

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