To offset the transport-related emissions created by the global tourism industry, hotel designers have taken a green approach to construction and design — even during a global pandemic.

Nelson Worldwide oversaw two hotel projects with LEED certification that had sustainable design standards it had to adhere to to meet requirements for the certification, design director Cheryl Smith said in an email interview.

One of the clients made one major change to its air filtration system during construction because of the pandemic to help guests feel safer.

“They installed an air filtration system known as bipolar air ionization to the duct work within the public spaces, which helps to kill bacteria and viruses by reducing allergens,” she said.

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