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WoodTrac Unveils Decorative Wooden Ceiling System


ARCHBOLD, OHIO—WoodTrac introduces its decorative wooden Ceiling System for commercial and residential use. The system has the appearance of a custom-crafted three-dimensional ceiling. Each ceiling can be individualized with the combination of different molding profiles and molding and panel finishes. Molding profiles include colonial, cove and tear drop shapes while molding and panel finishes consist of abbey oak, bank alder and paintable white ceiling options.

LEED to Recognize Living Building Challenge Requirements


WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Green Building Council announced that it will now recognize energy and water requirements from the Living Building Challenge (the Challenge) green building system within the LEED green building program.

NEWH Green Voice Conversations Returns to HD Expo


LAS VEGAS—The NEWH Green Voice Conversations returns for its fourth year at HD Expo. The event will take place at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas from May 13 to 15. Carefully chosen by NEWH and the Hospitality Design Group, notable experts on the topic will lead the audience through a series of interactive sessions covering sustainable themes and practices that impact all aspects of the industry. With “green design” being a topic that continues to be of great importance in the ever-evolving hospitality design sector and an issue that is also directly related to consumer demand, these conversations provide invaluable insight for HD Expo show attendees. “The partnership between NEWH and HD goes back to the days of RHIDEC in the early 1990s,” says Shelia Lohmiller, Executive Director of NEWH. “They asked if we would support and co-sponsor a new tradeshow; the answer was a resounding yes, and the rest is history. We believe that the relationship that has developed over the years has been mutually beneficial to both NEWH and the Hospitality Design Group.”

Olympia Companies to Manage Oberlin Hotel Being Built to Meet LEED Platinum Rating


PORTLAND, MAINE—The Olympia Companies will manage a state-of-the-art hotel that is currently being built in Oberlin, Ohio by Oberlin College. The property will anchor The Peter B. Lewis Gateway Center, the cornerstone of Oberlin’s Green Arts District, an ongoing development encompassing the northeast corner of North Main Street and East College Street. It is a planned 100,000-square-foot, mixed-use development that will incorporate renewable energy systems and other innovative technologies designed to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Platinum rating. “We’re honored to be chosen as the manager of this remarkable new property,” said Kevin Mahaney, President and CEO of The Olympia Companies.

LaMar Lighting Introduces Decorative Shade Luminaire


FARMINGDALE, N.Y.—LaMar Lighting Co. introduces Shade, a decorative architectural luminaire with the energy-saving benefits of occu-smart bi-level lighting technology. Combining an attractive design with functionality, Shade accommodates several lighting needs and enhances a variety of spaces, from corridors and lobbies to offices and retail.

Moz Designs Launches New Website


OAKLAND, CALIF.—Móz Designs has launched a new visually-dynamic website, an “interactive theatre” showcasing the company’s versatile metal product lines, high profile projects and innovative Quick Ship program. The site’s debut coincides with the company’s 25-year anniversary and can be seen at

Marriott International Announces Energy Conservation Results


BETHESDA, MD.—As part of its global sustainability strategy to address climate change, Marriott International announced the company’s global energy intensity decreased cumulatively by 2.6 percent over 2013, 13.1 percent compared to a 2007 baseline. Across the majority of the company’s four global regions, energy results continued to decline. In The Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe, energy intensity for managed hotels decreased over 2013 by 3.0 percent, 0.7 percent and 1.3 percent respectively. In the Middle East and Africa, energy intensity increased by 1.2 percent over 2013 as the region stabilized and travel increased. “Our global decrease in energy intensity demonstrates the commitment Marriott International has made to attain its sustainability goals,” said Denise Naguib, Vice President, Sustainability and Supplier Diversity, Marriott International. “As Marriott’s global footprint expands, we continue to look for new ways to conserve energy at our more than 4,100 properties.” In March, Marriott announced water conservation results, sharing that global water intensity in its worldwide managed hotels decreased in 2014 by 5.3 percent over 2013, and 16.3 percent compared to 2007.

WAC Lighting Adds Kube Family of LED Vanities, Wall Sconces


PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y.—For fine bath and ambient lighting, WAC Lighting introduces the Kube family of LED vanities and wall sconces. Updated geometric styled metalwork meets sleek etched opal glass cubes of light. They are ideal for above a mirror or to illuminate distinctive entryways and other rooms in fine homes, restaurants and other spaces.

Tandus Centiva Makes Sales Meeting a Service Opportunity


DALTON, GA.—As part of their annual sales meeting, Tandus Centiva partnered with West Zephyrhills Elementary, Joshua House and Sunrise Domestic Violence Shelter to offer service hours. Employees performed facility improvement tasks such as painting and floor covering installation, assembling of playground equipment and gardening.

Langham, Chicago Receives LEED Gold Level Certification


CHICAGO—The Langham, Chicago announced that it has achieved the LEED Gold level of certification. The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.

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