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July 25, 2010

Marriott International recently unveiled a hotel-prototype that will help it build more green hotels.

According to the company, the prototype is the first of its kind for the U.S. hotel industry and will be LEED certified.

The Courtyard Charleston/Summerville is the first of Marriott hotels following the new, green prototype design. It is expected to open for business in South Carolina in 2012.

By creating a prototype, and reusing it for future hotels, it will save the hotel six months of design time on each hotel. Marriott plans to roll out similar prototypes for its other brands in the future, including Residence Inn by Marriott and Towne Place Suites. Further, the company expects to save roughly $100,000, and up to 25% in energy and water savings on each hotel built following this prototype.

Marriott is not “green” to being green. Currently it owns close to 50 LEED-certified hotels and aims to raise that number to 300 by 2015.

A Motel 6 in Northlake, Texas became the country’s first LEED-certified motel property earlier this month.

And Motel 6 is using a prototype approach to increase its number of LEED-certified motels as well.

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