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USGBC, Honeywell Collaborate to Advance Building Sustainability


WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Honeywell announced they are working together to deepen facility sustainability by integrating USGBC’s new LEED Dynamic Plaque, a near-real-time monitoring tool with integrated building automation technology from Honeywell to measure and provide performance feedback to help optimize operations.

WELL Building Institute Launches WELL Building Standard


NEW ORLEANS—The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) launched the WELL Building Standard Version 1.0 at the inaugural WELL Building Symposium in New Orleans. The WELL Building Standard is the world’s first building standard to focus on enhancing people’s health and wellbeing through the built environment. Following a two-year pilot program and a formal Peer Review process, the WELL Building Standard is now publicly available at

Victor Group Completes Facts Certification Project


SAINT-GEORGES, QUEBEC—Victor Group announced that it recently completed a comprehensive third party certification project based on the new Facts sustainability certification program for its commercial fabrics using patented Crypton performance technology. To achieve Facts certification, products must meet the rigorous, multi-attribute requirements of the NSF/ANSI 336 standard.

Tandus Centiva Launches Code Series


DALTON, GA.—Tandus Centiva, an industry leader in soft and hard surface flooring, has launched a new design, Code Series. Suzanne Tick takes the idea of digital connection and creates a design language that allows for agile transformation from one color to another. This ability to connect is celebrated by the Code Series. Available in several distinct styles, Code Series delivers innovative ways to combine large and small-scale patterns.

Rollerwall Offers Wallpaper Feel Minus the Wallpaper


ROCKVILLE, MD.—The UnWallpaper Company introduces Rollerwall, an alternative to wallpaper. The tool consists of a roller having a pattern embossed on the surface. Paint is transferred from a foam roller to the pattern roller which transfers the design to the wall. The design can also be applied to floors, ceilings, furniture, fabrics, curtains, drapes, lamp shades, sheets, tablecloths, indoors, outdoors, even garage doors. It even works on cinder block and textured walls which cannot be wallpapered.

LEO A DALY’s Schaap Selected as USGBC LEED Fellow


OMAHA, NEB.—LEO A DALY announced that Brad Schaap, Director of Sustainability, has been named a 2014 LEED Fellow by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). This year’s 48 Fellows are recognized for their exceptional contributions to the green building community as well as for their significant achievements among LEED Professionals.

Zeftron Nylon Adds New Brilliant Collection


DALTON, GA.—Zeftron nylon, a fully renewable premium nylon 6 fiber, is now available in the new Brilliant Collection, an accumulation of seven highly vibrant colors. The Brilliant Collection is a result of a collaborative feedback and input process between Zeftron and the in-house design teams of its mill partners. Zeftron also received input from hundreds of designers across the country through its 2013 Color Survey. Designers were asked to vote on the top five colors most important to them.

Green Lodging News Adds Carnegie Fabrics as Directory Partner


TAMPA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Tampa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes Carnegie Fabrics as a Green Product & Service Directory partner. Carnegie is a leading manufacturer and innovator of textiles in North America. Since 1950, the family-owned company has established a tradition of firsts, including the development of its own Xorel fabrics, which provide a durable alternative to PVC materials, and Biobased Xorel, the first plant based high performance textile in the world.

Starwood to Expand Florida Element Portfolio


STAMFORD, CONN.—Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced that its Element brand plans to open a third hotel in Florida, less than a mile from Universal Studios Orlando. Element Orlando is slated to debut in July 2016, following next year’s opening of both Element Orlando North and Element Miami Doral. Owned by Barakat Orlando Resort, LLC, developed by GCD Associates, and managed by New Jersey based Paramount Hotel Group, Element Orlando will offer 151 sustainable rooms and a light-filled atmosphere.

Lumber Liquidators Launches New Sustainability Website


TOANO, VA.—Lumber Liquidators, the largest specialty retailer of hardwood flooring in North America, has launched a new section of its website, detailing the company’s longstanding commitment to protect the environment. The original content is rooted in the company’s “Lay It Forward” business strategy, which centers on the long-term benefits of quality hardwood flooring, protecting the environment and supporting the communities it serves.

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