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NEW YORK—There are just two weeks until the many green activities begin at this year’s Hospitality Leadership Forum, International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show (IHMRS) and Boutique Design New York (BDNY). Events will be held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center November 8 to 11 in New York City. Recently, three NEWH Green Voice Conversations were added to the extensive schedule of sustainability-focused sessions. The Green Voice Conversations will take place as part of BDNY. The first Green Voice Conversation will take place Sunday, November 9 from 10:30 to 11 a.m. The topic will be, “Where Does Your Wood Come from and Why it Matters: Understanding Responsible Sourcing of Wood and Forest Management Certifications.” The guest speaker will be Kathryn Fernholz, Executive Director of Dovetail Partners. The moderator will be David Mahood, LEED AP, GGP, Olive Hospitality Consulting. The second Green Voice Conversation will take place Sunday, November 9 from 1:30 to 2 p.m. The topic will be, “Better Design through Nature’s Chemistry: Why Nature Should be Your Model for Buildings and Products.
CHINO, CALIF.—Bertolini Hospitality & Design presents The Amera banquet chair. The ergonomics of the new Amera are built right into the structure of the frame and seat foundation to provide banquet and conference guests with all day comfort. The Amera features The Flex-Fit seat’s contoured S-shape saddle with high resiliency 3 lb. foam cushioning and rolled front. The Flex-Fit seat gains its unique ability to take on ergonomic characteristics, produce rock-solid durability and maintain a lightweight contribution to the chair through an innovative process referred to as blow molding.
TORONTO—Du Verre Hardware Company introduces the Argyle Collection of knobs and pulls. An iconic pattern, Argyle was born in the Scottish Highlands, home of fine whiskey and tartans. This timeless pattern has had many incarnations from the famous Scottish clans of Campbell to great knitwear and golfing gear more popular today.
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.
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 www.WELLcertified.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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