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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.

LEED Community Responds to Vandals with Positive Planting

In August I posted a blog item about my first visit to a LEED Platinum certified home. While not a lodging establishment, I thought I might pick up some valuable tips about green building. The name of the development is Mirabella and is in Bradenton, Fla. At the time of my visit there were 70 completed homes that had earned LEED Platinum, with 37 additional homes under construction and 53 lots remaining. I just read about Mirabella again this past week because of its Tree Planting Day. As it turns out, in late April and early May, vandals cut down...

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas to Develop Resort & Spa in Austrian Alps

BANGKOK—Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas is set to add yet another destination to its portfolio of properties in some of the world’s most beautiful and inspiring locations. Set in the breathtakingly picturesque Austrian Alps, Six Senses Kitzbühel Alps showcases its stunning environment through all seasons: from winter’s snow-covered terrain with high-end ski activities, to spectacular summers when the landscape is vibrant with nature’s verdant palette of colors. Featuring some of the finest cross-country skiing and downhill slopes in the world, Kitzbühel has been named a winner of best ski station in the world by www.skiresort.de three times. With over 104 miles...

Valley Forge Fabrics Acquires Contract Décor International

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA.—Valley Forge Fabrics announced the acquisition of the premier window treatment manufacturer, Contract Decor International (CDI), as part of a strategic move to support their continued growth in the hospitality industry. The acquisition will expand Valley Forge Fabrics’ offerings to include vertical window fabrication solutions from decorative textile to install. “Becoming a more vertical supplier and creating value for our industry is a critical piece of our company strategy,” said Diana Dobin, CEO of Valley Forge Fabrics. “Manufacturing and installing hospitality window products and services is a natural evolution and the Valley Forge Fabrics family fits together perfectly...

Green Building Industry Recognizes Kohler for Vision, Leadership

KOHLER, WIS.—The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has named Kohler, a global manufacturer of kitchen and bath products, the winner of its 2017 Ray Anderson Radical Industrialism Award at its leadership awards luncheon held in conjunction with the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Boston. The award is presented annually in memory of sustainability leader and Interface modular carpet founder Ray Anderson to an organization that embodies vision, leadership and commitment to the evolution of green buildings and communities as vehicles to enhance quality of life. “Kohler is one of our longstanding partners, and this award recognizes the efforts the company...

Washington, D.C. Named First LEED Platinum City in the World

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Washington, D.C. was recently named the first LEED for Cities Platinum city in the world. Mayor Bowser was presented this honor by Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), at an event on the steps of Dunbar High School—the highest rated LEED-certified school in the United States. The Mayor and Ramanujam were joined by Mayor Bowser’s Chief Technology Officer, Archana Vemulapalli, and Jay Wilson, the District Department of Energy and Environment’s green building expert. “It is in the best interest of Washington, D.C.’s safety, economy, and future to take sustainability and resiliency seriously, and...

Blake at Taos Ski Valley Awarded LEED Green Building Certification

TAOS SKI VALLEY, N.M.—Further demonstrating its commitment to sustainability, Taos Ski Valley announced that its new slopeside hotel, The Blake at Taos Ski Valley, was awarded LEED Silver certification. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating, 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. As the world’s first and only certified B Corp ski resort, Taos Ski Valley has consistently demonstrated its unwavering commitment to sustainable and ethical business practices. In addition to achieving LEED...

Biophilic Design Expert Shares Best Practices in New Book

Name: Amanda Sturgeon Title: CEO Organization: International Living Future Institute Primary Responsibilities: “My primary responsibilities are to see us being successful in terms of our mission—creating a world filled with living buildings and living communities. My role is to grow the organization, scale our programs, and widen the reach of our programs. We are very innovative—pushing the edge to what may be possible—and pushing people farther than they think they can go.” BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WASH.—As CEO of the International Living Future Institute, Amanda Sturgeon oversees an organization that operates the Living Building Challenge, the built environment’s most rigorous performance standard, and Declare, an...

Focus of Two Recent Publications: Biophilic Design

Two recent publications on the topic of biophilic design are must-reads for architects, designers and others interested in sustainable design. Biophilic design is the practice of creating spaces that benefit both nature and humans. The first report, Human Spaces 2.0: Biophilic Design in Hospitality, was released recently by Interface in conjunction with Terrapin Bright Green. This new paper explores the biophilic design strategies used by hotels around the world to enhance guest experiences. It includes an investigation of pricing differentials for rooms with a view to nature and a discussion of the biophilic qualities of different properties and different...

Euro Disney S.C.A. & Pierre & Vacances-Center Parcs Open Villages Nature Paris

PARIS—On October 10, Euro Disney S.C.A. and Pierre & Vacances-Center Parks opened Villages Nature Paris. The ceremony was attended by Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, State secretary to the Minister of Europe and of Foreign Affairs, and Valérie Pecresse, President of the Regional Council of Ile-de-France. The Villages Nature Paris project was born in 2003, and is the product of a vision shared by the founding groups, and based on harmony between man and nature. Each partner brings its individual and complementary knowledge: The Euro Disney group brings its expertise and creativity in theme parks, its mastery of the art of storytelling, and their...

Nature Inspires Innovations Design Studio

NEW YORK—The fall collection of wallcoverings from Innovations borrows from nature, embracing biophilia with found materials and durable, affordable vinyl alternatives with a natural aesthetic. “There’s a dialogue between what we create and what Mother Nature creates for us—if you allow yourself to see it,” says V.P. of Sales Michael Freedman. “It’s important to have an open eye, to open yourself up to the world around you and the beauty of nature and what nature designs.” New, natural wallcovering Botanica weaves together paperboard strips of hand-pressed, skeletonized leaves. The 36-inch wallcovering suggests a journey through the forest at blurring speeds in...