citizenM Leverages BREEAM Certification to Set the Standard for Sustainable Hospitality

citizenM Leverages BREEAM


citizenM's ESG vision is to influence positive change in a world where we are simply guests. The company is focused on proactively lowering its hotels’ environmental impact and has set a pathway to decarbonising its current and new hotels. Its ambitious goals include achieving green building certifications for each hotel, along with conducting climate-risk assessments and energy efficiency and emissions, waste, and water reductions.  

Since citizenM owns and operates 34 properties, BREEAM In-Use certification was chosen given its position as the most widely recognized building sustainability standard for the operational performance of buildings across the globe. Prior to certifying these seven US hotels, citizenM used the BREEAM standard to identify opportunities for improvement that led to receiving a BREEAM “Excellent” rating or higher for many properties across Europe. By proving properties’ alignment with robust, holistic environmental standards, BREEAM In-Use certification plays a crucial role in citizenM’s ESG reporting and obtaining green financing for operational hotels. 


Totaling over 650,000 square feet, there were seven hotels central to citizenM’s recent engagement of BREEAM. Constructed between 2014 and 2022, these buildings comprise 44 percent of citizenM’s U.S. portfolio and were designed to offer modern travelers affordable luxury in the central city locations of Boston, Chicago, Miami, New York City, and Washington D.C.  





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Developer/ client:
Assessor organization:
Longevity Partners
BREEAM USA In Use: Commercial Version 6
Morayo Kamson & Cora Klemme
BREEAM In-Use rating:
All assets were certified for Part 1: Asset Performance. 
citizenM Boston North Station Hotel: 75.3% (Excellent) 
citizenM Chicago Downtown Hotel: 72.9% (Excellent) 
citizenM Miami World Center Hotel: 71.6% (Excellent) 
citizenM New York Bowery Hotel: 55.5% (Very Good) 
citizenM New York Times Square Hotel: 67.1% (Very Good) 
citizenM Washington DC Capitol Hotel: 73.9% (Excellent) 
citizenM Washington DC NoMa Hotel: 72.5% (Excellent) 

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