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Creative Systems Lighting Awarded Green GOOD AWARD


CITY OF INDUSTRY, CALIF.—CSL (Creative Systems Lighting), manufacturer of high performance, energy-efficient lighting solutions for commercial and residential projects, announced that their LED Cylinders have been awarded the 2016 Green GOOD DESIGN Award, presented by The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design together with The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.

Revitalization of Existing Buildings at Heart of McMenamins’ Sustainability Approach


PORTLAND, ORE.—McMenamins has built a reputation in Oregon and Washington for revitalizing aging structures by converting them into useable spaces. It began its journey back in 1983 and now has 70 pubs and restaurants, 25 breweries, two distilleries, a winery, and 10 hotels. The hotels once had other uses. For example, McMenamins Anderson School in Bothell, Wash. was once Bothell Junior High. The historic Edgefield in Troutdale, Ore. was built in 1911 as the county poor farm. The Hotel Oregon in McMinnville, Ore., built in 1905, was once home to a restaurant and lounge, banquet hall, Greyhound bus depot, Western Union, soda fountain and beauty parlor. Next on McMenamins’ list for renovation is the old Elks Lodge in Tacoma, Wash. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was purchased by McMenamins along with the adjacent annex building in July 2012. Shannon McMenamin, General Manager of Lodging, Gift Shop and Spa Operations, says McMenamins is still in the “trying to recruit investors” stage. “The building is spectacular,” she says.

LEED Calls Out Cradle to Cradle Material Health as Leadership Standard


SAN FRANCISCO—Recognizing the depth and rigor of the Cradle to Cradle Material Health Methodology, the U.S. Green Building Council added the Material Health Certificate from the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute as a leading standard under its Building Product Disclosure and Optimization, Material Ingredients credit. As a result, architects will be able to earn credits under LEED v4 by specifying products carrying a Material Health Certificate. Full Cradle to Cradle certification has long been a preferred standard within LEED; the addition now includes products carrying only the Material Health portion of certification, which recently became available as a stand-alone certificate. To leverage the years of expert development and practical application that have made Cradle to Cradle Certified the respected brand it is today, the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute began offering the new certificate for Material Health in 2015. The requirements for the Material Health Certificate are identical to the Material Health attribute achievement level of full Cradle to Cradle certification.

Speakman to Supply Wynn Palace Cotai


NEW CASTLE, DEL.—Speakman, the maker of high-performance showerheads and plumbing products, announced a collaboration with Wynn Resorts to create custom bath fixtures for the Wynn Palace Cotai, which is scheduled to open this year.

Interface Now Operating On 96 Percent Renewable Energy


ATLANTA—Interface, the world’s largest commercial modular carpet company and a sustainable business pioneer, announced a significant milestone in the company’s Mission Zero journey: the Interface Americas manufacturing sites now operate using 96 percent renewable energy, bringing the company’s global renewable energy usage to 84 percent. This milestone is being achieved with the addition of directed biogas to meet the thermal energy needs of the company’s flagship operations in Troup County, Ga.

Element Brand Gains Significant Momentum in North America


STAMFORD, CONN.—Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced it will significantly expand its Element Hotels portfolio in North America due to growing demand for the eco-focused brand. On track to more than double its North America footprint over the next three years, Element will open another 22 hotels across the United States and Canada by 2018 including debuts in Philadelphia, Charleston and Nashville. “Element Hotels is experiencing unprecedented growth momentum throughout North America, as well as in a number of key global markets, due to the widespread appeal of the brand’s distinct lifestyle positioning,” said Brian McGuinness, Global Brand Leader, Specialty Select Brands for Starwood. “Sustainability is no longer optional; it’s become a requirement among a growing number of travelers worldwide, and Element is the perfect choice with its clean, modern design and eco-conscious programming.” Over the past 12 months, Element has opened new hotels in Boston, Miami, Fargo, Bozeman, Basalt, and Vancouver. The brand will pick up even more momentum in North America by entering numerous new markets by the end of 2018.

Viridian Reclaimed Wood Introduces Colorburst Paneling


PORTLAND, ORE.—Viridian Reclaimed Wood announced the introduction of Colorburst, a new line of color-infused reclaimed wood paneling, according to Viridian co-owner Pierce Henley. A new design twist on two of Viridian’s most popular paneling offerings, Granary Plank (mix of fir and pine reclaimed from granary beams) and Route 66 truck deck (oak reclaimed from tractor-trailer truck decking), the Colorburst line adds a pop of color in the rustic nooks, crannies and holes in the boards, providing a unique spin on reclaimed wood with deep layers of color juxtaposed with vintage patina and wood grain.

Gold Key Competition Includes ‘Best Eco Conscious’ Category


NATIONAL REPORT—Hospitality designers from around the world are invited to submit their best work in this year’s Gold Key Award for Excellence in Hospitality Design competition. Now in its 36th year, HX: The Hotel Experience’s Gold Key Awards competition, sponsored by Boutique Design, recognizes the most influential and innovative design work in every sector of the hospitality industry.

What Makes a Floorcovering Sustainable?


In today’s marketplace, there is a plethora of product certifications, labels and declarations that manufacturers and builders use to communicate a product’s value to clients. However, owners, product specifiers and building occupants all have different interests and motivations. Just as each person’s background and experience varies, so do their beliefs when it comes to sustainability. The good news? Studies show we are all becoming more aware of and concerned with issues surrounding social and environmental health and sustainability. Making use of product labels, including declarations and certifications, is one way to make more informed choices; however, deciphering the claims behind the label can be challenging. So where to start? Everyone is interested in obtaining the most healthy and environmentally friendly products, but the criteria used to achieve these lofty goals must be defined and measured before any manufacturer or specific product can truthfully make these proclamations. Should a product be climate neutral or contain no volatile organic compounds (VOCs)?

Collins College of Hospitality Management Building Earns LEED Gold Certification


POMONA, CALIF.—The Collins College of Hospitality Management at Cal Poly Pomona announced that its newly opened building, which houses the program’s nationally ranked graduate program, was awarded a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the United States Green Building Council. Building 80 at The Collins College is the first academic building to receive LEED Gold certification at Cal Poly Pomona. “Being able to achieve LEED Gold certification is an indication of how serious The Collins College is dedicated to its social commitment to the environment,” said Project Manager Andrew Naranjo. “At the same time, we are contributing to Cal Poly Pomona’s climate commitment and sustainability practices.” The facility features shaded areas producing cooler environments, LED lighting to reduce energy consumption, restoration of 50 percent of the project site, maximized open space, incorporated use of natural day lighting, and reduction of water consumption. Projects pursuing LEED certification earn points in all areas that address sustainability issues at all phases of development.

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