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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.

Eco-Industrial Vibe Works for Colorado Springs Soul Community Planet Hotel

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.—Six months after soft opening in Colorado Springs, the 176-room SCP hotel there is enjoying “off the charts” reviews according to Ken Cruse, CEO of Soul Community Planet, LLC, the parent company of SCP Hotels. The renovation of what once was a Knights Inn and other branded properties is attracting travelers and locals with its eco-industrial vibe and features such as the SCP fitness center. The SCP Hotel Colorado Springs is the first of several green, community-focused hotels planned by Soul Community Planet. The next one will open in Redmond, Ore. Cruse says he and his core team had been...

SG Blocks Receives $25 Million Purchase Order

BROOKLYN, N.Y.—SG Blocks, Inc., a leading designer, fabricator and innovator of container-based structures, has signed a $25 million contract for a multi-thousand module order with Phoenix Hotel & Hospitality. The purchase order represents the largest retail module contract to date for SG Blocks. The modules will be designed, prefabricated and delivered to locations across the United States, where they will be installed by the customer. SG Blocks has already commenced work on the project in the fourth quarter of 2018. “This project represents many months of work and we believe it to be a significant step forward in the continued...

Westin Resort Opens in the Maldives

MALDIVES—The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort has opened and features 70 villas and suites, 41 on island and 29 over water. Each villa is shaped with an eco-friendly double roofing to create ideal natural ventilation. Outdoor rainforest showers are a distinctive feature. Poised over the sea on stilts and with an area of almost 200 square meters each, the overwater suites are among the largest a resort has to offer in the Baa Atoll region. Developed by Belluna Co. Ltd, Japan and Asia Capital PLC, Sri Lanka, The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort heralds the Westin brand’s wellness positioning in the Maldivian...

USGBC Launches LEED Zero, Makes Other Green Building Announcements

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), operator of the most widely used green building rating system in the world, released a flurry of announcements in the past month in conjunction with its annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo (held in Chicago November 14 to 16). First, USGBC launched LEED Zero, a new program that will address net zero operations and resources in buildings. LEED Zero is open to all LEED projects certified under the BD+C, ID+C or O+M rating systems, or projects registered to pursue LEED O+M certification. LEED projects can achieve LEED Zero certification when they demonstrate any or one of...

Cali Bamboo Adds to Eco-Engineered Flooring Line

SAN DIEGO—In response to growing customer demand, green building industry leader, Cali Bamboo, has added four new floors to its Eco-Engineered bamboo flooring collection for a total of 16 engineered styles. Engineered planks are frequently a strategic choice, with a layered construction that makes them more dimensionally stable, and therefore better suited for high moisture environments like kitchens, bathrooms, and basements. The new floors expand the omnichannel company’s engineered options with click-lock milling, ideal for glue-down or floating installations. Planks measure 72⅞ inches long, 5 5/16 inches wide, and 9/16 of an inch thick. The entire engineered collection is now...

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts Headquarters Recognized as One of Highest Performing Green Buildings in Country

PARSIPPANY, N.J.—Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest hotel franchising company, has received a Gold recertification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program for the company’s headquarters in Parsippany, N.J. The recertification designates Wyndham Hotels & Resorts’ corporate campus as one of the highest-performing green buildings in the country, reflecting the company’s commitment to minimizing its environmental footprint. LEED is a third-party certification program and premier benchmark for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. It uses a point system to determine the environmental merits of a building, with four levels of...

Product Highlights from Big Apple’s HX, BDNY

NEW YORK—A solar powered USB charging station. An electric bicycle lending program. A one hundred percent recyclable wine glass. A system that integrates an alarm clock, HVAC and lighting controls, Wi-Fi and more into a single unified platform. A salad-making robot (vending machine) named “Sally” that delivers eight-component meals in seconds. These are just some of the products that were introduced at HX: The Hotel Experience and Boutique Design New York (BDNY). Both events were held November 11 to 12 at the Javits Center in New York City. It would be impossible to list all the eco-friendly products and...

Serge Ferrari Appoints New Market Development Manager

POMPANO BEACH, FLA.—Serge Ferrari, a leader in flexible composite material technology, announced that Kevin Frisone has been appointed as Market Development Manager. Frisone will lead the company’s growth in the United States for the building/architectural segment, including solar protection, façade, acoustics and tensile architecture. Frisone brings 30 years of business development experience to Serge Ferrari. He previously worked for Saint-Gobain as Territory Manager for SageGlass and, before that, as North America Sales and Marketing Manager for Vetrotech. Prior to Saint-Gobain, Kevin collaborated with architects, developers, owners and contactors in a variety of other industries, including medical equipment and windows and...

Encore Hospitality Carpet Introduces Blur Collection

NEW YORK—Encore Hospitality Carpet’s new Blur collection combines dynamic textures, intriguing designs and an abundance of colors to create a floor covering that is highly versatile for any hospitality interior. Made with 100 percent Zeftron nylon, designers can custom-select the patterns and colors they require for guestrooms or public space areas, including corridors, conference rooms or ballrooms. Blur products are made using Encore’s highly advanced Colorpoint and Infinity technologies. Colorpoint products, available in 12’ up to 15’ broadloom widths and 42-ounce weight, are ideal for public space environments. Designers can choose from 18 different patterns and up to six colors...

Mission Linen Supply Earns LEED Silver for Newark Facility

NEWARK, CALIF.—Mission Linen Supply, a leading provider of linens, uniforms, laundry services and supplies, has been honored with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification for its plant in Newark, Calif. The plant, which celebrated its grand opening in February 2018 and serves organizations throughout the Bay Area, includes a wide variety of “green” features. LEED certification, a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement offered through the U.S. Green Building Council, is awarded to facilities that are built to save water, energy and resources while generating less waste and supporting human health. Mission’s Newark plant received 52 points...