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With the goal of reducing energy costs and minimizing environmental impact, architects and designers are getting serious about green design. Every part of the property can be impacted and savvy designers are incorporating reclaimed materials and restorative greenery. 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: greenlodgingnews@gmail.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. Every part of the property can be impacted and savvy designers are incorporating reclaimed materials and restorative greenery. 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: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

USGBC Announces Updates to LEED v4 to Better Address Carbon Emissions, Climate Change

SAN FRANCISCO—The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced updates to the primary version of the LEED green building certification program, LEED v4, to more directly address carbon emissions and climate change. The updates will raise the threshold of LEED v4 to encourage greater energy performance, aligning LEED v4 with the rigor of LEED v4.1, which raised the bar on energy and climate upon its release in 2018. “From day one, USGBC has been committed to the continuous improvements and advancement of green buildings standards. The new updates to LEED v4 affirm that climate is core to LEED,” said Peter Templeton,...

Habitas Recognized with Nine New Awards

NEW YORK—Habitas, the rapidly growing, experience-led eco-hospitality brand with homes on three continents, continues its trajectory with nine new awards recognizing the brand’s excellence in sustainable design, innovation, and a community-based ethos. Captivating both guests and the travel industry and media, Habitas shines as the recent recipient of prestigious accolades such as Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers' Choice Awards for Habitas Tulum, Bacalar, and Namibia; Architectural Digest’s 2022 Hotel Awards for Great Design for Habitas Bacalar; and the AHEAD Americas Awards 2022 for Habitas Bacalar as Best Resort. The impressive streak of awards since June 2022 includes: Condé Nast Traveler’s Bright Ideas in Travel—Habitas brand—2022 Winner in this year’s inaugural awards; Architectural Digest’s 2022...

Auberge Resorts Collection’s Wildflower Farms Opens in Hudson Valley

HUDSON VALLEY, N.Y.—Overlooking the mighty Shawangunk Ridge on 140 arcadian acres, Wildflower Farms, Auberge Resorts Collection recently opened as a new, environmentally conscious, luxury retreat, fringed by fiery fall forests and a slow-rippling river. A verdant escape in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, its expansive grounds encompass orchards, woodlands, a namesake farm, heirloom gardens and fields of native wildflowers. Nestled within are 65 bespoke cabins, cottages, and suites; Thistle, an Auberge Spa; Maplehouse cooking school; and exceptional dining destinations, including the resort’s signature restaurant Clay—all inspired by the region’s wild beauty. “Fifteen years ago, my wife, Kristin, and I came to...

Evidence of Sustainability Commitment Abundant Among Suppliers at HX, BDNY

NEW YORK—HX: The Hotel Experience and Boutique Design New York (BDNY), two adjoining trade shows held at the Javits Center November 13 to 14, wrapped up this week with numerous first-time suppliers introducing green products and services. In addition, veterans of the two shows were back to tout the green upsides to their products and services to the thousands of attendees. It would be impossible to list all the suppliers deserving of publicity, but the following are many of them, along with a brief description of what they featured at the shows. Sapphire Beverages introduced its water in easy-to-recycle aluminum...

New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Achieves LEED Gold

NEW ORLEANS—The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (NOENMCC) has achieved its first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification, a major milestone in its ongoing commitment to sustainability. A building rating system that provides a framework for healthy, highly efficient, green buildings, LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement and leadership. This official certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) makes the NOENMCC the largest LEED-certified project in Louisiana, the largest convention center project in the U.S. certified under LEED v4.1 Operations and Maintenance and the first convention center in the world to be awarded initial certification...

LightArt Introduces Wood-Inspired Lampshades That Glow

SEATTLE—Award-winning lighting innovator LightArt brings natural materials to light with their first curated selection of wood grain colors and shades. Introducing Woods is a collection of wood-inspired shades and laser-cut patterns for LightArt’s signature fixtures. Designed with parent company 3form’s signature Varia resin, the biophilic print materials emulate complex textures found in nature and come to life with LightArt’s LED lighting technology. Named after six prominent tree types—Black Ash, Cherry, Grey Oak, Walnut, Wenge, and White Oak—the Woods colorways showcase the diverse possibilities of LightArt’s offerings with 3form materials at their fingertips. The colors are also available with two...

Olympia Hotel Management to Operate Boone Tavern Hotel & Restaurant

BEREA, KY.—Olympia Hotel Management (OHM) has announced that it will operate the Historic Boone Tavern Hotel & Restaurant, which is owned by Berea College, in Berea, Kentucky. The Historic Boone Tavern Hotel & Restaurant was built on the old Dixie Highway (U.S. Route 25) and opened in 1909 in the center of town. Named after the early Kentucky explorer, Daniel Boone, it was designed by architect J. C. Cady in the Colonial Revival style. The venerable property is a member of the Historic Hotels of America and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The hotel has welcomed a long...

Crossville Launches Stones at Large Porcelain Stone Collection

CROSSVILLE, TENN.—Crossville, Inc. has announced the launch of the Stones at Large porcelain stone collection, an innovative porcelain series inspired by some of the world’s most sought-after earthen materials. Crossville’s Stones at Large delivers enduring luxury on a grand scale. Featuring warm and cool colors from marble, onyx, and quartzite, Stones at Large creatively reproduces the elegance of natural stone in sizes up to 48” x 48” with unpolished and polished surfaces. Because these stones are high-tech porcelain, the tiles offer the durability, stain resistance, and life cycle that porcelain offers, while still achieving the luminescent visual depth found in...

New AZEK Outdoor Living Collection Includes Furniture Debut

CHICAGO—The AZEK Company Inc., the industry-leading manufacturer of low-maintenance and environmentally sustainable outdoor living products, including TimberTech decking, Versatex and AZEK Trim, and StruXure pergolas, announces a new suite of offerings from its TimberTech and StruXure brands. These products, which include a debut furniture collection, new decking colors, new railing offerings and a new cabana model, will be available in 2023 and premiered at the 2022 TimberTech Championship, a PGA TOUR Champions event. “At AZEK, we continue to innovate throughout our portfolio of brands and are committed to revolutionizing the outdoor living industry by providing homeowners with sustainable, high performance and low-maintenance products,”...

New Valley Forge Fabrics Collection Uses Upcycled Marine Plastics

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA.—Valley Forge Fabrics, the largest supplier of custom textile products for the hospitality industry, announced its new SEAQUAL MARINE PLASTIC collection as part of the company’s continued commitment to sustainability. The eco-friendly textiles weave sustainability, performance features, and comfort into one remarkable collection. The nine marine-inspired patterns come in an array of vibrant colors and textures. A promotional design “Live Ocean” print was created by Australian artist Lezio Lopes, known most recently for his work on HBO’s “White Lotus.” This large collection of unique upholstery textures includes almost 100 items and are woven with SEAQUAL YARN made from reclaimed plastics from...