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With the goal of reducing energy costs and minimizing environmental impact, architects and designers are getting serious about green design. Visit Green Lodging News for the latest news and best practices. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Green Design

Home Green Design
With the goal of reducing energy costs and minimizing environmental impact, architects and designers are getting serious about green design. Visit Green Lodging News for the latest news and best practices. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Recycled Glass Can Be Attractive Component of Green Hotel Design

NATIONAL REPORT—Glass is 100 percent recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without loss in quality or purity. Glass recycling rates vary around the country because of container deposit legislation or how it is collected and recycled. As part of single-stream recycling, glass often breaks, tainting the end product. The contaminated recyclables then end up in the dump. In fact, glass represents roughly 40 percent of landfilled recyclables. Hoteliers can play a part in helping to keep glass out of the landfill by working with their waste collectors and also by purchasing products that utilize recycled glass. Recycled glass has many...

Neil deGrasse Tyson to Close Greenbuild 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Informa Exhibitions have announced the keynote speaker for the Closing Plenary of the 2017 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. Acclaimed astrophysicist and cosmologist Neil deGrasse Tyson will give keynote remarks during the Closing Plenary taking place 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, November 10, at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. “Greenbuild has become the defining moment each year for the green building world to convene, and it’s a place where the future of our movement is shaped,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, USGBC. “Dr. Tyson’s clarity and wit as...

Two Roads Hospitality Names Elizabeth Pavisha Director of Design

DENVER—International lifestyle company Two Roads Hospitality, comprised of Joie de Vivre Hotels, Thompson Hotels, Destination Hotels, Alila and tommie, has appointed Elizabeth Pavisha as Director of Design, focusing on Destination Hotels. Pavisha offers more than a decade of experience in the interior design realm, ranging from large-scale public and commercial projects to hospitality and education spaces.  Her proven track record in the creative field allows Pavisha to focus on the design vision for Destination Hotels, while overseeing new development and renovation projects. Elizabeth also serves as a design partner in business development initiatives at the company. “Elizabeth’s extensive design experience...

Green Lodging News, Greenview Launch Green Lodging Trends Report 2017

ODESSA, FLA. & SINGAPORE—September 18, 2017—Green Lodging News, lodging’s leading environmental news source, and Greenview, a leader in advancing hotel sustainability, have released the Green Lodging Trends Report 2017. The second annual report details the results of the Green Lodging Trends Report Survey and is available at no cost by clicking here. The report is based on data from 2,093 hotels in 46 countries and provides industry trends on topics ranging from energy management to communication to—for the first time in its own category—Health & Wellness. The report includes results of 110 best practices in 12 categories. Sponsors this year...

Top Knobs Acquires Du Verre Hardware

NATIONAL REPORT—Du Verre Hardware and Top Knobs jointly announce the acquisition by Top Knobs of the Du Verre Hardware brand. Together, Top Knobs, Du Verre Hardware, Atlas Homewares, Vesta Fine Hardware, and their sister company Hardware Resources’ brands, Jeffrey Alexander and Elements, represent one of the most compelling product selections in the industry for cabinet hardware. As an award-winning company, Du Verre Hardware has a strong history of raising the bar on innovative designs through progressive manufacturing techniques. Each piece of the brand’s hardware is crafted of post consumer, eco-friendly recycled aluminum fully compatible with LEED objectives. Du Verre Hardware...

Little Rock’s Robinson Center Renovation & Expansion Achieves LEED Gold

LITTLE ROCK, ARK.—The Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau (LRCVB) announced that the Robinson Center’s renovation, restoration and expansion has exceeded original expectations to be LEED certified, and has achieved a LEED Gold rating. A press conference announcing this achievement was held last week. “We are very excited to achieve LEED Gold Certification, and believe that this rating demonstrates the commitment of our team of owner’s representatives, architects, engineers and construction professionals that have worked on this project,” said LRCVB President and CEO, Gretchen Hall. David Porter, AIA, Principal, Polk Stanley Architects, noted, “The design team is thrilled to be part of...

Get Your Hotel ‘Switched On’ to LED Lighting

In lodging like hotels and B&Bs, the lighting is often as important as the fixtures in which they’re placed. This applies particularly to LED lightbulbs, since they’re directly tied to monthly energy costs, which can impact your bottom line. First, an introduction to LEDs: LED stands for “Light Emitting Diode,” a semiconductor device that converts electricity into light, doing so more efficiently than incandescent and CFL bulbs. The lack of heat emitted from an LED bulb is what sets it apart from an incandescent bulb. Heat is what shortens the lifespan, but since LEDs operate at lower temperatures, they last...

Island Timber Introduces Kayu V-wood Wall Cladding

WATSONVILLE, CALIF.—Island Timber, a division of Island Stone, introduces Kayu V-wood wall cladding, a meshed tile arrangement of reclaimed Indonesian teak with a tapering relief. Taken together, the tiles weave across the wall, providing a modern take on the exquisite authenticity of salvaged tropical wood. Each tile is a wood composite, crafted with reclaimed Indonesian heartwood adhered to premium-grade pine. The distressed teak is repurposed from timber salvaged from tropical buildings. “Kayu juxtaposes the organic, natural feel of weathered wood with a cutting-edge mosaic design,” says Sander Nauenberg, Director of Sales and Marketing at Island Stone North America. “By encapsulating exotic,...

Whirlpool Awarded Gold, Silver LEED Certifications

BENTON HARBOR, MICH.—Whirlpool Corp. has been awarded a prestigious LEED Certification for two of its recent building projects, both located in Benton Harbor, Mich. Riverview Campus, the North American Region Headquarters, is now LEED Gold certified for Phase 3 of its development, and the Global Headquarters is LEED Silver certified for the South and East wings of the building. LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a globally-recognized symbol of excellence in green building. These are the 14th and 15th LEED-certified projects for Whirlpool since 2009, with all projects now totaling more than 9.4 million sq. ft. “Being...

Humanscale Moves Toward Net-Positive Future

NEW YORK—Humanscale, a leading designer and manufacturer of ergonomic office products, has fully embraced the undertaking to create a net positive future through initiatives that go beyond sustainability and give back to the world. With a commitment to transparency, the company’s 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Report details changes that reflect bold vision and inspiring leadership. Key Achievements: The first company to achieve full Living Product Challenge certification, meeting the stringent sustainability standards set by the International Living Future Institute, Humanscale offers two Living Products: the Diffrient Smart chair and Float table. The seal signifies that Humanscale’s manufacturing facility and the organization...