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ATLANTA-The city’s first Cambria Suites has been completed near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and is set to open early next year. The 143-room hotel, developed by Clarkston, GA-based Rahim Charania, aims to become the first LEED “gold” certified hotel in the Southeast.

According to the developer, the building cost 4% more to build than a traditionally constructed hotel, but can expect savings in utilities of approximately 40%, or $80,000 annually. However, it’s not the saved cash that drove the company to go ‘green.’

“This is a consumer-driven revolution,” Charania told GlobeSt.com in a story posted on the Hotels sector page. “We’re talking about changing the way we live.” A survey of US business travelers commissioned by New York City-based Deloitte supports that statement, indicating that a third of them seek out environmentally friendly accommodations.

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