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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.

South African Boutique Hotel Once a Power Station

One of my industry friends was recently in South Africa. I will be posting an article about his experience at the solar-powered Kambaku Safari Lodge very soon. While on his trip he also got to visit the highly unusual Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa. The property is a fascinating example of adaptive reuse. What is now a five-star hotel and spa was once an old power station. All the old machinery which was used in the power station has been restored and forms an integral part of the hotel’s aesthetics. The original wood boiler, four electricity generators and much...

Peninsula Papagayo Plans to Develop Green Designed Luxury Oceanfront Villas

MIAMI—New ownership led by Gencom, a leading Miami-based international luxury hospitality and residential real estate investment and development firm, announced that Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, the world’s leading luxury hospitality company, will assume management of a new collection of environmentally designed private villas and estate homes set to commence construction in February 2018. Construction completion is targeted for mid-Q4 2019. The exclusive enclave of 20 wholly owned properties will be known as Four Seasons Private Residences Prieta Bay at Peninsula Papagayo, situated on 17 acres of prime oceanfront real estate adjacent to the famed Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica. A...

Hotel Indigo Tuscaloosa Receives LEED Silver Certification

TUSCALOOSA, ALA.—Hotel Indigo Tuscaloosa Downtown announced it recently received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. This is the second hotel in Alabama to receive this certification. “We are honored to receive the LEED Silver certification for Hotel Indigo Tuscaloosa, and thankful that the U.S. Green Building Council recognizes our efforts in environmental protection, energy saving and the improvement of overall environmental quality,” said Judd Bobilin, of Chance Partners, LLC, the developer. “One of the key tenets of our company is to ‘Partner with the Community’ and we are excited to...

Valdese Weavers Introduces Inside Out Performance Fabrics

VALDESE, N.C.—Valdese Weavers, the largest decorative textile mill in North America, leverages the latest in design and technology to announce the launch of the first all-in-one performance fabric—Inside Out Performance Fabrics. It is engineered to be durable enough to withstand interior wear or exterior elements. “We take great pride in our responsibility as an industry leader to bring both new and innovative products to market,” said Valdese Weavers Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Blake Millinor. “Our commitment is to extend the current limits of performance and design while ultimately satisfying the needs of our customers.” Performance fabrics are one of the...

Color Anchor LVT Uses Color to Unite Products Across Flooring Categories

CALHOUN, GA.—Mannington Commercial has launched Color Anchor, a bold collection of LVT, that brings cohesion and coordination across the company’s full portfolio of flooring products. The collection’s two patterns bring color cohesion, by enabling designers to blend fields of color or accent pieces, experiment with exuberant bolds and understated neutrals, or use color coordinates and unite products from across Mannington’s portfolio of commercial products. Available in 20 colors, two patterns, as 18x18” or 12x24” tiles, and 6x36” planks, Color Anchor LVT features a 20 mil wear layer and 2.5 mm overall thickness. Mannington’s patented Quantum Guard HP technology is an...

California Faucets Launches StyleTherm Two-Outlet Valve

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIF.—California Faucets, manufacturer of artisan-crafted bath and kitchen fixtures, introduces the StyleTherm TH52D2, a two-outlet valve that allows for installation of multiple showering devices while still meeting stringent conservation requirements. With the new valve, one can create a myriad of shower configurations, such as a showerhead, handshower, and tub spout or two showerheads combined with a handshower. The innovative new valve enables users to create a custom spa-like experience while saving water at the same time. And because StyleTherm comes in a wide range of faceplates, from modern to traditional, users have the flexibility to create a look...

Virgin Hotels D.C. to Include Numerous Art Studios

I have posted about Virgin Hotels before—the Virgin Hotels Chicago earning LEED Gold, for example. The group of hotels has a sustainability policy which can be seen on its website. The company recently announced plans to open and operate a new hotel in Washington, D.C. Expected to open in fall 2019, the brand’s first Washington D.C. property will reside in the city’s emerging Union Market area. It will be managed by Virgin Hotels and developed by D.B. Lee Development & Construction and Brook Rose Development. Unique to the hotel is its accommodation of artists. The hotel will have its own artists-in-residence...

Hotels Can Reduce Heating/Cooling Bills By Up to 30 Percent by Adding Inner Insulating Windows

NATIONAL REPORT—For hotels, motels, and resorts, insufficiently insulated windows can be a serious problem that literally sends profits “out the window” in the form of excessive heating and cooling bills. When it is warm inside the hotel and cold outside, window panes will transfer heat by thermal conduction so additional heating is required to keep guests comfortable, and a similar process is involved when it is hot outside and cool inside.  Air leakage through window seals that crack over time worsens the problem, particularly in harsh weather. While single pane windows transfer the most heating and cooling, even dual pane windows...

CM Hospitality Carpets Introduces New Collection, Transplant

DALTON, GA.—CM Hospitality, a hospitality carpet company, recently debuted a new collection, Transplant, at Boutique Design New York. “Everyone is really connecting with this collection because they understand the mesmerizing spell that organic patterns have on the human psyche,” said Marketing Director, Lacy Price. “They comfort you, relax you and inspire you. It truly transplants you to the outer world. It’s been fun to watch people’s faces as they take in this new collection.” CM Hospitality’s Transplant Collection consists of six 100 percent Solution Dyed Nylon, Colorpoint patterns. This collection includes rugs, public space, guestroom and corridor carpet. “The Transplant collection...

Fil Doux Textiles Adds to Biodegradable Vinylife Material Collection

NEW YORK—Fil Doux Textiles introduces Arte, a new Vinylife collection that draws from the Spanish word for “craft” or “artistry”. The selection of leather looks are the latest introduction of the company’s Vinylife material, an enhanced biodegradable vinyl with a water-based, stain-resistant finish. Timeless, worn leather looks range from natural beiges and browns to deep and expressive blacks and grays. “We are happy to introduce a 100 percent cruelty-free leather option to the market that has the added benefit of sustainability,” says CEO Leo Novik. “Arte brings Vinylife to the next level with the authentic look of leather and a...