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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.

What to Consider when Choosing ‘Green’ Carpet

Design elements cannot be overvalued in the hospitality industry. Carpet contributes to the signature impression, adding comfort to small spaces and human scale to imposing interiors. When specifying carpet for hospitality, there are three considerations to ensure sustainable selections—design and purpose; maintenance during useful life; and end-of-life options. Where do you start and what do you ask? Fortunately the carpet industry has removed the angst from the green certification process. Now a single standard identifies carpets that have a reduced environmental impact. The first multi-attribute American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved Standard—NSF 140-2007, Sustainable Carpet Assessment Standard was introduced at...

Mecho/5 Solar Shading System Now Contributes to LEED Credit

LONG ISLAND CITY, N.Y.—Architects, building developers, owners and renovators now can use the MechoShade Systems’ Mecho/5 solar shading system with EcoVeil shadecloth to contribute to a LEED Innovation in Design point. The point can help buildings achieve LEED Green Building Certification, Silver, Gold and Platinum levels. Mecho/5 with EcoVeil shadecloth is the first complete solar shading system that contributes to an Innovation in Design product. The environmentally friendly system qualified when the U.S. Green Building Council, which manages the LEED program, included Cradle to Cradle certified building products in the Innovation in Design category. Mecho/5 with EcoVeil received Cradle to Cradle...

Green Lodging News Welcomes To Market as Advertising Partner

CLEVELAND, OHIO—Hasek Communications, the Cleveland, Ohio-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes To Market, LLC as an advertising partner. The company’s “Alternative Materials for Interior Spaces” includes product lines such as Atmosphere Recycled Rubber Flooring, Fusion Commercial Carpet, Preserve Bamboo, Formis Solid Surface Flooring, Unicork Flooring, and the Wallware Wallcoating System. To Market, based in Oklahoma City, Okla., was founded in 1998. The company focuses on the creation of specifications as it partners with specially selected manufacturers to bring environmentally responsive alternatives to market. Go to To Market, write to pwexler@tomkt.com, or call (866)-772-4772 for more information.

Revised LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance Explained

WASHINGTON, D.C.—LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is used by everyone—from facility managers to operations contractors. An often-overlooked detail in the green building discussion is the enormous size of the existing building market—some 80 times larger than the new construction market. Most of the existing buildings that dot our land and cityscapes are operating with little efficiency in terms of energy and water, and are negatively impacting CO2 emissions. Making our existing buildings smarter and more efficient will have a major impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance is a tool for greening...

Bentley Prince Street’s California Manufacturing Facility Receives LEED-EB Silver Certification

CITY OF INDUSTRY, CALIF.—Bentley Prince Street’s California mill has become the first carpet manufacturing facility in the country to receive a silver rating from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System for Existing Buildings (LEED-EB), company President Anthony Minite announced. The mill is also the first manufacturing facility of any kind to be certified under LEED-EB v2.0. “Certifying our building under LEED-EB is an important part of our sustainability mission on a number of levels,” Minite said. “Not only is it in line with our mission to eliminate any negative...

Unity Village Hotel and Conference Center Earns LEED Silver

UNITY VILLAGE, MO.—The Unity Village Hotel and Conference Center, opened January 2007, recently received LEED Silver certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). The hotel is the first lodging property in the Midwest to receive LEED certification and the sixth in the United States. LEED stands for “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.” LEED-certified buildings conserve natural resources, reduce operating costs and foster healthier and more productive occupants. “Unity sought LEED certification for the Unity Village Hotel and Conference Center to reflect our deep concern for the environment as well as the well-being and comfort of our guests,”...

Pittsburgh Paints Launches EcoEcho Line of Paints and Hues

PITTSBURGH—Pittsburgh Paints is launching a new line of paints and hues. The EcoEcho color palettes, part of Pittsburgh Paints’ The Voice of Color program, are designed to echo the growing interest in the ecological/environmental movement. Eco-consciousness is being broadcast from every angle—spanning fashion, home decor, automobile design, even food trends, according to Josette Buisson, artistic director of Pittsburgh Paints. “From paint to cosmetics, jeans to kitchen flooring, our preference for greener options makes a statement about who we are, and our new way of life,” Buisson says. The following are the company’s descriptions of the four emerging color trends within EcoEcho for...

Star Island Project Under Development in Out Islands of Bahamas

THE BAHAMAS—There have been many changes in the few years since “travel” and “sustainable” first appeared in the same sentence. Emerging technologies coupled with mounting consumer demand have given us green travel options from luxury ecolodges (that have a negligible impact on their ecosystems) to carbon-neutral resorts, tours and airlines. A new leader in this green revolution is Star Island, a private-island destination currently under development in the Out Islands of the Bahamas. When it opens its doors in late 2009, its mix of high-luxury and high-sustainability could be the talk of the travel industry and the inspiration for...

Architects Designing Green to Address Demand for Lower Operating Costs

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Autodesk, Inc. and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently announced the results of the 2007 Autodesk/AIA Green Index, an annual survey that measures how AIA member architects in the United States are practicing sustainable design, as well as their opinions about the green building movement. The index shows that green building has taken a firm hold on the industry and has captured the attention of both architects and their clients. The 2007 Autodesk/AIA Green Index survey reports 70 percent of architects say client demand is the leading driver of green building and that the primary reason these owners...

Green Lodging News Welcomes Twig Factory as Directory Partner

CLEVELAND, OHIO—Hasek Communications, the Cleveland, Ohio-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes the Twig Factory as a Green Product & Service Directory sponsor. The Twig Factory offers a unique selection of willow and birch furniture. Included in the Twig Factory collection are tables and desks, chairs and loveseats, beds and night stands, end tables, baskets and birdhouses, plant stands and signs, picture frames, and arbors and ladders. The Twig Factory is based in Fairfield, Iowa. Call (800) 918-6184, e-mail info@twigfactory.com, or go to www.twigfactory.com.