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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.

Fiandre Introduces New Italian Porcelain Collections

LAS VEGAS—Fiandre (Booth 5521) is showcasing the latest colors in their top-selling Maximum Marmi Italian premium porcelain collection at HD Expo, as well as new offerings from Fiandre’s MUSA+, and other sister brands owned by the group, including Iris Ceramica’s Marmi 3.0 and Ariostea. The new porcelain and ceramic tiles were specially created for the hospitality market to demonstrate its commitment to providing the latest technology and designs in architectural surfaces. Fiandre’s booth design showcases hospitality vignettes in a variety of looks, such as marble, wood, stone, cement and subway tiles. Products displayed include: Maximum Marmi Italian porcelain wall and...

TorZo Surfaces Introduces RayFleck Material

WOODBURN, ORE.—Exceptional surface quality meets durability in RayFleck—the new sustainable material from TorZo Surfaces. Beech hardwood offers superior strength and surface quality, and TorZo’s new RayFleck infused Beech is unlike any other surface material in the world. Formed with new layering and processing technology, panels of Beech hardwood are transformed by TorZo into a unique and stylish material for furniture design, interior finishes, wall-cladding, and many other horizontal and vertical applications. RayFleck is named for the small, naturally occurring wood cells which become visible only after being infused with TorZo ultra-durable acrylic resin. RayFleck is available in eight designer...

Green Voice Conversations Planned at HD Expo

NEW YORK—HD Expo, taking place May 2 to 4 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, announced the 2018 panel lineup for its Social Hub. The heart of the show floor, the Social Hub serves as a platform for attendees and exhibitors to engage in a series of conversations about top-of-mind industry topics. In true hospitality design form, the panels will take place in a beautifully crafted space—think co-working meets greenhouse—by Meyer Davis. “Each year, the Social Hub is a favorite spot for attendees to listen in on engaging discussions spanning timely issues such as social media and sustainability,” said...

Breathe by Milliken to be Offered on Four Seasons Furniture

SPARTANBURG, S.C.—The Specialty Interiors business of Milliken & Company, a leading global innovation company with textile, specialty chemical and floor covering manufacturing expertise, has secured another placement for its popular eco-elegant performance upholstery fabric, Breathe by Milliken. The industry’s first fluorine-free performance fabric available in both natural and recycled fibers, Breathe twill is now available as a performance cotton fabric option on any of Four Seasons’ upholstered furniture or slipcovers. Four Seasons will offer four colors as part of its cotton Twill collection: Natural, Bleach, Dove and Pepper. The company will launch these new options at the April Highpoint Market. Breathe...

Composite Wood Products Must Meet New Formaldehyde Standards

Purchasers of building materials and items such as furniture that contain building materials should always be mindful of formaldehyde risks. Formaldehyde is a colorless, strong-smelling gas used in making building materials. It is used in pressed-wood products, such as particleboard, plywood, and fiberboard; glues and adhesives; permanent-press fabrics; paper product coatings; and certain insulation materials. In certain concentrations it can be cancerous. By the beginning of June this year, virtually all composite wood products manufactured or sold in the United States, as well as products made with composite wood components, must meet tough formaldehyde standards. As a result, manufacturers of...

Modular Bathrooms Offer Faster Construction, Green Benefits

From global hotel operators like Hilton, Marriott and InterContinental Hotels Group to independent hoteliers like the Broadmoor, more hospitality professionals are using modular construction to open properties faster and meet green building goals. “We believe the modular process will be a game changer for our valued development partners, especially during a time when labor shortages can be a challenge to timely openings,” said Karim Khalifa, Marriott International’s former Senior Vice President of Global Design Strategies. The company’s commitment to this building process is highlighted in its Modular Construction Initiative, which called for 50 hotel deals in 2017 to incorporate pre-fabricated bathrooms...

Commercial Fishing Nets Become ‘Food’ for New Products

Humanscale has joined the growing list of companies utilizing commercial fishing nets in their products. The company just introduced its Smart Ocean chair that incorporates almost two pounds of recycled fishing net material. Sourced from Bureo, an emerging venture developing innovative solutions to prevent ocean plastic pollution, this is the first tangible product of its new partnership and marks the first product available to purchase from the consortium of companies under the NextWave initiative. “Fishing nets comprise approximately 10 percent of the plastic pollution in the ocean today,” says Humanscale Founder and CEO Robert King. “Our partnership with Bureo helps...

Humanscale Launches Task Chair Made with Recycled Fishing Nets

NEW YORK—Humanscale introduces the Smart Ocean chair, an inventive adaption of the Diffrient Smart chair that incorporates almost 2 lbs. of recycled fishing net material (NetPlus). Sourced from Bureo, an emerging venture developing innovative solutions to prevent ocean plastic pollution, this is the first tangible product of its new partnership and marks the first product available to purchase from the consortium of companies under the NextWave initiative. “Fishing nets comprise approximately 10 percent of the plastic pollution in the ocean today,” says Humanscale Founder and CEO Robert King. “Our partnership with Bureo helps further our goal to achieve a net...

Somerset Development Granted Approval to Construct Hotel at Bell Works

HOLMDEL, N.J.—Somerset Development announced that it has received approval to construct a hotel at Bell Works, the revitalization of the renowned two-million-square-foot Bell Laboratories into the iconic “metroburb” located in Holmdel, N.J. Granted by the Holmdel Planning Board, the approvals will allow Somerset to build a single-story, 200-unit hotel facility on the roof of Bell Works, adding a new use to its diverse mix of office, retail, childcare, health and wellness uses at the rapidly transforming campus. “This decision marks the latest development in our work to turn this formerly vacant, single-tenant campus into a thriving, self-contained metropolis in suburbia,” said...

Greenbuild Set for Europe April 17 to 18

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Greenbuild, the world’s largest green building conference experience, is coming to Europe April 17 to 18, 2018 and will take place in Berlin, Germany at the Radisson Blu Hotel and Meeting Center. Greenbuild, founded by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), offers a forum for the green building community to unite, change lives, revolutionize business and address pressing issues, such as air quality, human health, energy use and global climate change. “Greenbuild’s expansion into the European market is reflective of the tremendous leadership and demand from the green building community to learn from and push each other to advance...