About Sustainable Hotel Siting, Design and Construction

The Sustainable Hotel Siting, Design and Construction manual provides practical guidance and recommendations for all major stakeholders at each stage of the hotel development process, to ensure hotels are built and refurbished sustainably.

It is structured into nine chapters focused on the different phases of hotel development:

  • Project inception
  • Pre-Design
  • Creating the design brief
  • Architectural and physical design
  • Operational design
  • Construction and refurbishment
  • Commissioning and operation
  • Interior design
  • Monitoring performance

It provides detailed guidance and recommendations on how to:

  • Establish a sustainable vision for the project to ensure it can support the local environment and enhance the local community
  • Incorporate sustainable measures in the build to ensure efficient and sustainable operations
  • Mitigate the environmental impact of the construction process
  • Ensure a joined-up approach towards sustainability between all stakeholders in the design and build of a hotel 

Who is it for?

This resource has been designed to support companies and individuals involved in hotel development – local government planning authorities, investors, owners, developers and architects. It can be used during each stage of the hotel development process to ensure hotels are built with minimal impact on the local environment, both in their construction and operation.

The recommendations outlined in this resource can be implemented when building a new hotel or refurbishing an existing hotel in any country or region in the world.

How was it created?

This manual was first published in 2005, in collaboration with Conservation International, International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) and our members. It is considered one of the first publications designed to help hospitality companies build more sustainable hotel developments.