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CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA—Mario and Annemarie Delicio of Dematech are the owners behind Hotel Verde. Dedicated and passionate about sustainability, they have transformed what was initially just a sensible business proposition into a showcase for some of the most advanced environmentally conscious technological installations as well as construction and operation practices in the world. “We have a responsibility as a company, as an employer and as a visitor on this planet to live as sustainably as possible,” says Mario Delicio. “This is the only way we can survive long-term and hand over to our children in a responsible manner.” Construction on Hotel Verde, which is a part of the recently launched BON Hotels group, began more than a year ago just outside Cape Town International Airport. “If you look at what can be done from a green angle you look at energy, water and waste reduction,” Delicio explains. “You then take each of these areas and work out how to implement alternatives, generating your own electricity for example.”
CINCINNATI—Allison Beer McKenzie of SHP Leading Design is presenting a seminar titled, “Product Selection with LEED in Mind” at NeoCon 2013. NeoCon is North America’s largest design exposition and conference for commercial interiors. The seminar is intended to give attendees the opportunity to learn how to achieve LEED points in relation to interior finishes and furnishings.
CARTERSVILLE, GA.—Shaw Hospitality Group won Best of Show for flooring and Best of Competition for the Be Bold collection at the 2013 Hospitality and Design Expo and Conference. Held annually in Las Vegas, HD is the premier trade show for the hospitality design industry, bringing together more than 900 exhibitors and 7,000 attendees to Las Vegas each May.
LEESBURG, VA.—REHAU announces the launch of a new online tool for comparing estimated energy savings across numerous window design options. The energy savings estimator, available from a toolbox feature, specifically enables users to compare REHAU’s System 700, 1400 and 4500 and GENEO window designs against wood, aluminum, steel, PVC and other window options.
WHEELING, ILL.—In the fall of 2001, Brentano introduced their first leather and vinyl alternatives. Today, both of those patterns, Vapor and Satin, are part of Brentano’s expansive offering of eco-friendly polyurethane textiles. With each year since, Brentano’s design team has continued to develop and introduce environmentally-minded polyurethane textiles.
ANN ARBOR, MICH.—NSF Sustainability, a division of global independent public health organization NSF International, has partnered with emissions testing leader Materials Analytical Services, LLC (MAS) to offer VOC (volatile organic compounds) emission testing for the commercial and institutional furniture industry. This new service will help companies save costs and time by providing all testing and validation services needed to complete BIFMA level certification for sustainable furniture.
JEFFERSON CITY, TENN.—Longtime industry veteran, Peter Mandel, has created an exclusive collection of internationally known brands of Italian designed seating and tables to be manufactured and represented in North America under Motivo Furniture. Motivo Furniture, geared for the trade and hospitality industries, now offers more than 300 SKUs of highly styled modern Italian design that is fabricated in Tennessee.
LAS VEGAS—This year’s Hospitality Design Expo + Conference, to be held May 15 to 17 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, will feature a Green Voice Luncheon on May 15, a series of Green Voice Conversations with Experts on May 15 and May 16, and a special session on “Creating a Sustainable ROI for Hotels” on May 15. More than 900 exhibitors’ products and services—many of which have a sustainability focus—will be included on the Expo’s trade show floor. At the Green Voice Luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. on May 15, David Mahood, LEED AP, Olive Designs and Olive Hospitality Consulting, will moderate a panel discussion that will include: Adrienne Pumphrey, Global Head, Adoba Eco Hotel and Suites; JoAnna Abrams, CEO, MindClick SGM; David Tracz, AIA, LEED AP, Partner, at STUDIO3877; and Dr. Mark Westneat, Curator and Chair of Zoology, Field Museum. The focus of the discussion will be, “Sustainable Hospitality in the Crossroads of Climate Change.”
TEMPERANCE, MICH.—MTS Seating announced that Josh Swy has been promoted to Director of Design. “Since being named product designer in 2012, Josh has created several new chair designs,” said MTS president Bart Kulish. “He has also completely redesigned our major trade show presence to give MTS a new, fresh image.”
WESTBURY, LONG ISLAND, N.Y.—The Viana Hotel and Spa announced that it has been awarded LEED Certification. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design) rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the principal program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. The Viana Hotel and Spa achieved LEED certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at accomplishing high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality. Operating Partner Alan Mindel of Samar Hospitality, the parent company to the Viana Hotel and Spa stated, “My family and I had a vision when we built the Viana Hotel and Spa from the ground up to be extremely environmentally conscious and responsible. We knew what we had achieved when the hotel was completed and when we began operating; however, to now be recognized and become LEED certified through the USGBC just put the icing on the cake for all of us.”
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