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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.

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...

Milliken Adds Textile Industry Veteran to Lead Design Efforts

SPARTANBURG, S.C.—Leading global textile technology company, Milliken & Company, has hired textile industry veteran Dana Claire Larson as Director of Design and Development for its newly integrated Specialty Interiors business. The addition of Larson complements and enhances the seasoned team of business, sales, marketing and design professionals Milliken continues to build to exceed the needs of textile customers and prospects across a wide range of industries, including home, office, healthcare, hospitality and specialty events. Larson spent nearly 20 years in progressively responsible advanced technical textile and design roles and has become a well-known name in the contract textile industry. She...

Hampton Inn & Suites Washington DC North/Gaithersburg Awarded LEED Certification

GAITHERSBURG, MD.—Baywood Hotels announce the Hampton Inn & Suites Washington DC North/Gaithersburg is now LEED-certified. LEED is the most widely used third-party certification for green buildings. The achievement is given for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. LEED-certified hotels are resource proficient as they use less energy and water and diminish greenhouse gas. “We are excited to...

President Bill Clinton to Keynote Greenbuild 2017 Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Informa Exhibitions announced that President Bill Clinton will give a special keynote address at the 2017 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. The keynote will take place on Thursday, November 9, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. “President Clinton is a longtime friend and advocate of the green building movement and our community continues to be encouraged and inspired by his years of philanthropic work to help those less fortunate and create resilient communities,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, President & CEO, USGBC. “We know that his message...

Len-Tex Publishes New Health Product Declarations

WALPOLE, N.H.—Len-Tex Corp. announced the publishing of new Health Product Declarations (HPDs) utilizing Version 2.1 for its Clean Vinyl Wallcoverings. “Publishing HPDs is a key facet of our commitment to promoting safer, healthier indoor environments,” says Don Lennon. “Full product transparency is the one true measure of a company’s commitment to healthier living spaces and work environments.” The HPD Open Standard provides a rigorous, standard methodology for detailed reporting of product contents and associated health information for building products. While over 2,500 published HPDs are available to the public in the HPD Public Repository, Len-Tex Corp. remains the only contract...

Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver Downtown Honored as Gold Leader

DENVER—The Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver Downtown—Convention Center announced that it has been honored as a Gold Leader by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Environmental Leadership Program, making it the third hotel in Colorado and the only hotel in Denver to be honored with this coveted green recognition. Colorado’s ELP honors companies for going beyond state and federal environmental regulations and for their outstanding environmental achievements that help keep Colorado a desirable place to work and live. Denver’s first LEED Certified Silver hotel, the Embassy Suites Denver Downtown was also recently awarded the Green Leader badge by TripAdvisor...

Eldorado Stone Opens New Facility in Pennsylvania

SAN DIEGO—Eldorado Stone, manufacturer of architectural stone veneer, hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on September 26, to announce the commencement of operations for its new, state-of-the-art manufacturing and distribution facility in Greencastle, Pa. The 432,000-square-foot facility will consolidate activities from two preexisting locations—an aging manufacturing facility near Greencastle and a distribution facility in Hagerstown, Md.—into one central hub for the region. The facility will incorporate a new system designed to improve productivity and reduce waste materials by repurposing wastewater and other wet waste. “By consolidating operations into a single facility and upgrading equipment, our team will be able to increase...

Smith & Fong Launches Living Hinge Collection

SAN FRANCISCO—Smith & Fong Co., manufacturer of Plyboo bamboo architectural panels and flooring products, announced the launch of The Living Hinge Collection  a new line of flexible acoustical panels made from carved bamboo plywood. “The Living Hinge Collection was developed to tackle design challenges with walls that don’t conform to right angles,” Smith & Fong President Angus Stocks said. “Utilizing CNC technology, these panels can literally bend around a corner to provide visual continuity—and sound-reducing performance—for non-standard interior walls.” By definition, a “living hinge” is a thin flexible hinge (flexure bearing) made from the same material as the two rigid pieces it connects. Utilizing the enticing movement...

Indiana Furniture Welcomes New V.P. Chad Nord

JASPER, IND.—Indiana Furniture announced that Chad Nord has joined their leadership team as Vice President of Manufacturing, Engineering and Quality. Nord is charged with fostering Indiana Furniture’s culture of high performance while leading sustainability efforts across multiple facilities with nearly 300 employees in southern Indiana. “I’m pleased to welcome Chad to the Indiana Furniture family,” said President and CEO Max Verkamp. “He has extensive experience and a deep understanding of every aspect of operations: lean manufacturing, project management, strategic planning, employee training and development, management coaching and process design.” “I have such respect for everything Indiana Furniture’s accomplished—like their level-certified product...