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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.

Motif Seattle Incorporates Local in Innovative Boutique Design

SEATTLE—Motif Seattle, A Destination Hotel, recently announced the unveiling of a comprehensive $10 Million guestroom redesign, led by Seattle-based architectural and interior design firm DEGEN & DEGEN. The makeover includes all 319 guestrooms of the design-driven boutique hotel, as well as enhancements to its corridors, giving the property a sleek urban style while maintaining a residential comfort. The fresh redesign is distinctive to the Seattle market, complete with striking art walls that serve as bold representations of the Seattle cultural scene and artwork all created by local artists. “Motif Seattle’s design aesthetic and ethos reflect this beautiful city, with thoughtful...

Du Verre Hardware, Clodagh Partner on Hardware Collections

TORONTO—Du Verre Hardware has had the honor and privilege to work with Clodagh on three unique hardware collections: Primitive, Stacked and Tribal. The use of intelligent materials and natural elements imbue her projects with unmistakable warmth, beauty, structure and flow that appeals to all the senses and are clearly present in all three of her striking collections for Du Verre. The Primitive Collection—featuring a bold, geometric pattern that is a Signature Clodagh motif—is offered in Oil Rubbed Bronze, Polished Aluminum or Satin Nickel. Inspired by African weaving sticks translated into sleek and modern hardware the Tribal Collection comes in Antique...

My First Visit to a LEED Platinum Certified Home

BRADENTON, FLA.—Can the hotel building community learn green lessons from the residential building community? Of course. If you get a chance to visit a green home community, do it. This past weekend my family and I stopped by Mirabella in Bradenton, Fla. USGBC just awarded the owners of the 70 completed and occupied Mirabella homes LEED Platinum, the highest LEED designation. Mirabella currently has 37 homes under construction with 53 lots remaining, with plans to have those 90 properties also earn the same level of certification. What I noticed first when entering the model home was how quiet it was. Extra...

Olympia Companies, SMART Hotels Introduce SOPHY

CHICAGO—The Olympia Companies, and SMART Hotels are bringing a luxury boutique hotel to the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. The 98-room SOPHY, to be managed by The Olympia Companies, will be located at the corner of 53rd Street and Dorchester Avenue in Chicago’s South Side and will feature a bar, restaurant with al fresco dining and fitness center. SOPHY is designed as a four-diamond luxury property and engineered to achieve LEED Silver certification and will be a preferred hotel of the University of Chicago. “Working closely with 5th Ward Alderman Leslie Hairston and the University of Chicago, we’re pleased to have the opportunity to...

J+J Flooring Group Introduces Two New Kinetex Products

DALTON, GA.—J+J Flooring Group recently introduced two new Kinetex products: Put a Cork in It and Tri-Plex. Both feature the human-centered properties for which Kinetex products are known, along with contemporary and appealing designs. This versatility offers unmatched flexibility for designers to create the commercial spaces they envision. Boasting a name that matches its clever and quirky design, Put a Cork in It is an approachable yet distinctive 24” x 24” tile. Multi-tonal cork-like flecks appear through 16 colorways creating a captivating pattern that brings an unexpected level of character and personality. Shifting, mottled specs of jade mix with tawny...

SG Blocks Names Brian Adams National Sales Director

BROOKLYN, N.Y.—SG Blocks, Inc., a premier designer, innovator and fabricator of container-based structures, announced that Brian Adams has been named National Sales Director. In this role, Adams will work directly with Paul Galvin, Chairman and CEO, to develop and oversee the national and international sales strategy and its tactical implementation for SG Blocks. He will be based in Dallas. “As SG Blocks continues its rapid expansion, we are thrilled to welcome Brian, a prominent executive with over 30 years of experience, to the team,” stated Galvin. “His proven history of high level sales management across a variety of industries will...

Jeriko Resort Chooses Humboldt Redwood for Pergolas

HOPLAND, CALIF.—Danny Fetzer, owner of the Jeriko Estates Resort and Winery in Hopland, Calif., recently installed two redwood pergolas with Humboldt Redwood’s FSC certified redwood. The large one is outside the main tasting room, while the second is attached to one of the casitas located on the property. The entire property is surrounded by redwood forests, nearby lakes and the Mendocino Coast. Fetzer chose redwood because it’s durable, reliable and attractive; and also because it’s local and sustainable—sourced from the nearby FSC certified redwood forestlands. HRC grows more redwood trees each year than are harvested while protections are in place around...

Smith & Fong Introduces Simla Palm Panels

SAN FRANCISCO—Bamboo and palm interior finishes manufacturer Smith & Fong announced the launch of Simla, a new hybrid panel derived from both coconut and sugar palm, according to company founder and CEO Dan Smith. “The history and culture of India offer wonderful inspiration for new designs and motifs in palm,” Smith said. “Simla is a colonial era hill station in the foothills of the Himalayas that functioned as the summer capital during British rule. It is today still sprinkled with lovely old wooden cottages from this period, and the design we have chosen is reminiscent of some of the weathered siding and...

ASID Headquarters Earns LEED, WELL Platinum Certification

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) headquarters office is the first space in the world to achieve both Platinum Level Certification for the WELL Building Standard (WELL) under WELL v1 and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), under the LEED ID+C rating system—the highest recognition awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI). The office space, designed by Perkins+Will, incorporates the most innovative health and wellness design features, and has sustainability as a central philosophy. “At ASID, we take tremendous pride in being a champion for good design and demonstrating that design...

Metroflor Posts Sustainatopia Conference Panel Videos

NORWALK, CONN.—Metroflor Corp. has shared a video series of the panel its Chief Sustainability Officer Rochelle Routman moderated at the Sustainatopia May 2017 conference in San Francisco. Entitled “The Voice of New China”, the discussion features panelists Simon Xia, Metroflor’s Shanghai General Manager and Factory Sustainability Coordinator, and Jin Song, General Manager of Elegant Plastics, a primary factory of Metroflor’s LVT floors. The panel covers a wide array of subjects regarding the manufacturing environment in today’s China including sustainability and transparency, energy and water efficiencies, and the factory workers’ experience, as well as an audience question and answer session. The...