Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has announced a partnership with IFC, a member of the World Bank Group that focuses on private sector development, with the aim of promoting the design and construction of green buildings in emerging markets.
The Radisson Blu Hotel, Accra Airport is the first hotel in Africa to receive IFC’s EDGE green building certification. EDGE encourages resource-efficient buildings by demonstrating the most cost-effective ways to reduce resource intensity early in the design process. EDGE includes powerful and free eco-modelling software that makes the business case for using less energy, water and embodied energy in materials.
Through the partnership, Carlson Rezidor will use the EDGE eco-analysis software for all of its future hotel projects in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. As 40% of the world’s carbon emissions are generated through the construction and operation of buildings, designing green hotels supports the industry’s responsibility to meet COP21 targets.
Prashant Kapoor, Principal Green Buildings Specialist for IFC and the inventor of EDGE, said, “Our landmark partnership with Carlson Rezidor marks an important step toward greening the growing hotel business in Africa and other emerging markets. IFC hopes that other leaders in the hotel industry will follow Carlson Rezidor’s example and consider adopting EDGE.”
This is an excerpt from an article first published by Green Hotelier. Read the original article here: Carlson Rezidor partnership helps build green hotels | Green Hotelier