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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.

Vermont’s Well-Designed Stone Wall Inn Heated with No Fossil Fuels

WINDHAM, VERMONT—If a building becomes as one as possible with its surrounding environment, can it be energy self-sufficient? Yes, it certainly can. Just ask Bob Shannon, President of The Fourth Corner Foundation, Inc., the nonprofit that runs A Stone Wall Inn in Windham, Vermont. Shannon, an architect with two degrees from Yale University, first thought about the 10-room inn on 12 acres in 1969. The three-building inn with a post-modernist feel is heated entirely by solar energy and wood stoves. Every aspect and angle of the well-insulated inn was designed to maximize the power of the sun. “We are making...

Ambius Honored with 25 Plantscape Awards

READING, PA.—Ambius, a global leader in interior landscaping, was honored with 25 awards at the 2017 International Plantscape Awards Celebration at Cultivate ’17. The Awards ceremony was held on Sunday, July 16 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. The company’s 25 award wins break its own record for wins by a single firm, which it previously set with 17 wins at Cultivate ’16. These awards honor the Ambius team’s commitment to innovative design, client service and professionalism in the interior plantscaping industry. Eighteen separate designers were honored for their work, taking home nearly 40 percent of...

J+J Flooring Group Releases Corporate Sustainability Report

DALTON, GA.—J+J Flooring Group marked continued progress towards its environmental performance goals according to the company’s fifth annual corporate sustainability report. Titled Building Momentum, the report covers the company’s environmental and social responsibility investments and progress during the 2016 fiscal year. Highlights from the report include a 23 percent reduction in the company’s energy consumption since 2010—an achievement that exceeds J+J’s 20 percent reduction goal four years ahead of the company’s 2020 deadline. The milestone follows the company’s 2014 achievement of Zero Waste to Landfill Certification, six years ahead of its 2020 goal. The milestones are part of J+J’s 20/20 Vision,...

Canada Green Building Council, GBCI Partner

VANCOUVER, B.C.—Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) have signed an agreement in principle to form a Canadian joint venture called Green Business Certification Inc. Canada (GBCI Canada), with final terms anticipated to be agreed upon this summer. Beginning in early 2018, GBCI Canada will deliver all of the current and future GBCI offerings including certification and professional credentialing services for LEED v4, WELL, SITES, PEER, Parksmart, Zero Waste and GRESB in Canada. The new organization is being established to more effectively support the Canadian market. CaGBC, a not-for-profit, mission-driven organization is dedicated to the transformation of...

Kebony Partners with reSAWN TIMBER

TELFORD, PA.—Kebony, a manufacturer of technologically enhanced wood, announced a new marketing and sales partnership with reSAWN TIMBER co., according to Kebony USA sales manager Andy Hehl. “reSAWN has a fabulous reputation in the textured wood finishes industry,” Hehl said. “The company’s knowledge of interior design and architecture will be invaluable to us as we continue to broaden our reach across the North American market.” reSAWN offers two charred Kebony products that are burned using a process inspired by the ancient Japanese tradition of shou sugi ban. Additionally, they’ve created three textured designs that showcase Kebony’s natural beauty and grain structure. The Kebony cladding products are ideal for exterior applications because of their weathered, silver-gray look. reSAWN’s products are available...

Encore Hospitality Carpet Introduces Amuse Collection

CALHOUN, GA.—Encore Hospitality Carpet, a hospitality division of Brumlow Mills, has unveiled its Amuse Collection, an array of 12 cut and loop patterns and nine bright statement colors made with Zeftron nylon, a premium branded nylon 6 yarn system. As part of Encore Hospitality’s Infinity Collection, the Amuse Collection features patterns and a performance-driven construction suited for guestrooms or public space applications. Inspired by the current trend toward bright statement colors, the Amuse Collection is designed to appeal to leading designers, specifiers and end-users who seek to have the carpet serve as a dramatic focal point.  Aesthetically bold, yet sophisticated...

Registration Now Open for Greenbuild 2017

BOSTON—Registration is now open for the annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. Greenbuild is presented by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and owned by Informa Exhibitions. Taking place this year in Boston at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Greenbuild is the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. An attendance of 25,000 is anticipated from across the green building sector, spanning commercial and residential professionals, architects, building owners and operators, students, advocates and educators. “Greenbuild offers a forum for the green building community to unite, change lives, revolutionize business and address pressing issues in the built...

Six Senses Planning New Resort in Switzerland

BANGKOK—Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas has announced plans to open its first resort in Switzerland. Upon completion, the 47–room Six Senses Crans-Montana will operate under a long-term management agreement with 1875 FINANCE, one of Switzerland’s premier finance companies, representing the investors involved in the project. The resort marks a significant milestone for Six Senses development and will be in one of the region’s most prominent ski areas. Located in the canton of Valais, Geneva is located two hours away by car and train. “We are thrilled to collaborate with 1875 FINANCE and are eager to expand our presence in Europe,” said...

J+J Flooring Group Introduces Form + Finish Collection

CHICAGO—J+J Flooring Group introduces its new Form + Finish Collection. The historic Pewabic pottery studio in Detroit provided the departure and destination point for J+J’s design team to immerse themselves in the time-honored crafts of pottery and glazing. Studying and working alongside skilled artisans, J+J’s designers abandoned all preconceived ideas of what a finished collection should look like. Instead, they simply designed to the element that spoke loudest to them. The result is six inspiring products that bring an unexpected yet sophisticated addition to any space. The six products in the collection include a plethora of texture, luster, pattern and...

Skamania Lodge to Debut Two New Tree Houses

STEVENSON, WASH.—Skamania Lodge, the Columbia River Gorge’s awarding-winning destination, recently broke ground on two new tree houses, set to open in September of 2017. This is the second pair of tree houses, the first opened in the summer of 2016. “We’re thrilled at the way our first two tree houses turned out,” said Skamania Lodge General Manager Ken Daugherty. “They became so popular, we wanted to be able to provide our guests with additional options to truly have that quintessential Columbia River Gorge experience.” Like the first two tree houses, these are nestled in the tall Douglas Firs of the Columbia...