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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.

Best Western Names Sterling Sleep Systems Approved Mattress Vendor

GARDEN GROVE, CALIF.—Best Western Hotels & Resorts has added a new sustainable mattress supplier—Sterling Sleep Systems. Sterling Sleep Systems is now an approved mattress vendor. Best Western has more than 4,200 properties located in over 100 countries and territories worldwide (numbers are approximate, may fluctuate and include hotels currently in the development pipeline). See Sterling Sleep Systems at the HD Expo in Las Vegas in booth #3469.

One-Time Butler Developing LSW Hotels—a Luxury, Sustainable, Wellness Brand

MIAMI—Seventeen-year hotel industry veteran Tatyana Li first started working as a butler for the St. Regis New York. She worked her way up to Director of Sales for several hotel brands and is now founder of LSW Hotels. LSW stands for luxury, sustainable and wellness hotels. Li is still in the process or raising funding for her first hotel—to be in Miami. “I have approached investors, but it is challenging,” Li says. “We are getting closer. The toughest part is finding the right investors.” Li estimates the cost of her first 100-room hotel at $375,000 per key. The property will also...

Crossville Announces 2017 Recycling Program Milestones

CROSSVILLE, TENN.—Officials with domestic tile manufacturer Crossville Inc. have announced the company recycled 23,447,883 pounds of fired porcelain in 2017, bringing the company’s cumulative recycling total to more than 114 million pounds since the 2009 launch of the Tile Take-Back program and subsequent TOTO USA recycling partnership. These recycling initiatives are based on the company’s proprietary process for recycling fired porcelain products, including post-consumer materials. Through Tile Take-Back, Crossville is able to recycle previously installed tile collected from its distribution network, as well as scraps that result from tile cutting during installation, sizing or sample creation. Through its TOTO partnership,...

Fiandre Introduces New Italian Porcelain Collections

LAS VEGAS—Fiandre (Booth 5521) is showcasing the latest colors in their top-selling Maximum Marmi Italian premium porcelain collection at HD Expo, as well as new offerings from Fiandre’s MUSA+, and other sister brands owned by the group, including Iris Ceramica’s Marmi 3.0 and Ariostea. The new porcelain and ceramic tiles were specially created for the hospitality market to demonstrate its commitment to providing the latest technology and designs in architectural surfaces. Fiandre’s booth design showcases hospitality vignettes in a variety of looks, such as marble, wood, stone, cement and subway tiles. Products displayed include: Maximum Marmi Italian porcelain wall and...

TorZo Surfaces Introduces RayFleck Material

WOODBURN, ORE.—Exceptional surface quality meets durability in RayFleck—the new sustainable material from TorZo Surfaces. Beech hardwood offers superior strength and surface quality, and TorZo’s new RayFleck infused Beech is unlike any other surface material in the world. Formed with new layering and processing technology, panels of Beech hardwood are transformed by TorZo into a unique and stylish material for furniture design, interior finishes, wall-cladding, and many other horizontal and vertical applications. RayFleck is named for the small, naturally occurring wood cells which become visible only after being infused with TorZo ultra-durable acrylic resin. RayFleck is available in eight designer...

Green Voice Conversations Planned at HD Expo

NEW YORK—HD Expo, taking place May 2 to 4 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, announced the 2018 panel lineup for its Social Hub. The heart of the show floor, the Social Hub serves as a platform for attendees and exhibitors to engage in a series of conversations about top-of-mind industry topics. In true hospitality design form, the panels will take place in a beautifully crafted space—think co-working meets greenhouse—by Meyer Davis. “Each year, the Social Hub is a favorite spot for attendees to listen in on engaging discussions spanning timely issues such as social media and sustainability,” said...

Breathe by Milliken to be Offered on Four Seasons Furniture

SPARTANBURG, S.C.—The Specialty Interiors business of Milliken & Company, a leading global innovation company with textile, specialty chemical and floor covering manufacturing expertise, has secured another placement for its popular eco-elegant performance upholstery fabric, Breathe by Milliken. The industry’s first fluorine-free performance fabric available in both natural and recycled fibers, Breathe twill is now available as a performance cotton fabric option on any of Four Seasons’ upholstered furniture or slipcovers. Four Seasons will offer four colors as part of its cotton Twill collection: Natural, Bleach, Dove and Pepper. The company will launch these new options at the April Highpoint Market. Breathe...

Composite Wood Products Must Meet New Formaldehyde Standards

Purchasers of building materials and items such as furniture that contain building materials should always be mindful of formaldehyde risks. Formaldehyde is a colorless, strong-smelling gas used in making building materials. It is used in pressed-wood products, such as particleboard, plywood, and fiberboard; glues and adhesives; permanent-press fabrics; paper product coatings; and certain insulation materials. In certain concentrations it can be cancerous. By the beginning of June this year, virtually all composite wood products manufactured or sold in the United States, as well as products made with composite wood components, must meet tough formaldehyde standards. As a result, manufacturers of...

Modular Bathrooms Offer Faster Construction, Green Benefits

From global hotel operators like Hilton, Marriott and InterContinental Hotels Group to independent hoteliers like the Broadmoor, more hospitality professionals are using modular construction to open properties faster and meet green building goals. “We believe the modular process will be a game changer for our valued development partners, especially during a time when labor shortages can be a challenge to timely openings,” said Karim Khalifa, Marriott International’s former Senior Vice President of Global Design Strategies. The company’s commitment to this building process is highlighted in its Modular Construction Initiative, which called for 50 hotel deals in 2017 to incorporate pre-fabricated bathrooms...

Commercial Fishing Nets Become ‘Food’ for New Products

Humanscale has joined the growing list of companies utilizing commercial fishing nets in their products. The company just introduced its Smart Ocean chair that incorporates almost two pounds of recycled fishing net material. Sourced from Bureo, an emerging venture developing innovative solutions to prevent ocean plastic pollution, this is the first tangible product of its new partnership and marks the first product available to purchase from the consortium of companies under the NextWave initiative. “Fishing nets comprise approximately 10 percent of the plastic pollution in the ocean today,” says Humanscale Founder and CEO Robert King. “Our partnership with Bureo helps...