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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.

New Standard Simplifies Identification of Sustainable Carpets

CHICAGO—Architects, designers and end users will now have one Standard to identify 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 for environmentally preferable building materials—was introduced at Greenbuild 2007. The unified Standard for sustainable carpet is voluntary, inclusive, based on life cycle assessment (LCA) principles, and offers three levels of achievement for attaining various levels of reduced environmental impact (silver, gold and platinum). By defining environmental, social and economic performance requirements, the Standard provides benchmarks for continual improvement and innovation within the building industry. “The Standard provides enormous...

GLN Welcomes American Atelier, Inc. as Founding Sponsor

CLEVELAND, OHIO—Hasek Communications, the Cleveland, Ohio-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes American Atelier, Inc. (AAI) as a Founding Sponsor. AAI is committed to manufacturing furniture products with the most environmentally friendly technology in an efficient and responsible manner while maintaining high standards of excellence. Four generations of ownership at AAI have demonstrated the company’s commitment to excellence by continuously improving its manufacturing processes since its founding in 1920. AAI sources raw materials through the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). Its manufacturing process uses water-based adhesives, finishing solvents and stains. The company also uses recycled materials as specified by its customers...

Greenbuild Exhibitors Roll Out New Products, Announce Offset Initiatives

CHICAGO—For hotel developers in search of everything necessary to build smart, high performance buildings, Greenbuild was the place to be this week. Approximately 850 vendors offering everything from environmentally friendly cinder block to roofing materials to carpeting were on hand. The event, sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council, was held here in Chicago at McCormick Place. Here are just a few of the vendor announcement highlights: • As a part of its continued commitment to sustainable practices, Osram Sylvania announced its participation in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Leaders program. By participating in Climate Leaders, Sylvania has pledged...

Proximity Hotel, In Search of Platinum LEED Approval, Opens in Greensboro

GREENSBORO, N.C.—Built to use 40 percent less energy and 30 percent less water than a comparable hotel, Proximity Hotel offers a glimpse of the future while celebrating the past. Sustainable practices, custom-designed furnishings, commissioned art and innovative design await guests in every corner of the 147-room luxury hotel and the adjacent Print Works Bistro. Proximity Hotel’s sustainable design and construction follows the guidelines of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. With the goal to attain Platinum...

Amerlux Introduces Linea Fluorescent Luminaire

FAIRFIELD, N.J.—Designed to provide just the right amount of uplight from the most discreet linear profile, Amerlux Lighting Solutions’ new Linea fixture is ideal for indirect, ambient lighting for commercial and retail spaces. Amerlux, a leader in energy-efficient, task-specific lighting solutions, broadens its linear fluorescent systems offering with Linea, giving specifiers and designers more flexibility. This product furthers Amerlux’s commitment to facilitating sustainable strategies recognized by organizations such as the U.S Green Building Council. More effective and appealing than larger obtrusive lighting fixtures, Linea’s diminutive size (1 7/8-inch wide by 2 3/8 inches) integrates a clean, understated look with outstanding...

Green Lodging News Welcomes CMMI as Directory Partner

CLEVELAND, OHIO—Hasek Communications, the Cleveland, Ohio-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes CMMI as a Green Product Directory partner. As a provider of architecture and interior design services, CMMI focuses exclusively on upscale lodging, conferencing, spa and ancillary facilities. The Atlanta-based company’s portfolio includes Fairmont, Hilton, Hyatt, InterContinental, Kimpton, Marriott, Regent, Ritz-Carlton and Starwood properties. CMMI has completed two LEED gold facilities, and has four green hotel projects underway. Call (770) 676-7608, go to www.cmmi-redlines.com, or e-mail pmccue@cmmi-redlines.com for more information.

Window Film is ‘Clear’ Choice for Owners Interested in Saving Energy

NATIONAL REPORT—No matter what size your facility is, chances are great that it can benefit from the latest window film advancements. In fact, some window films can help generate up to 30 percent savings in heating and cooling costs. Once questioned because of stories about bubbling or fading—mostly untrue according to experts—window film today is a reliable product that can provide many benefits. “Window film saves everybody money,” says Jeff Cohen, owner of Kustom Options, a window film installer based in Murrieta, Calif. The first benefit is energy savings. Window film, typically installed on the inside of window glass, rejects heat,...

Indianapolis May See One of Midwest’s First LEED-Certified Hotels

INDIANAPOLIS—Ralston Square, a $60 million condominium and retail project proposed for downtown Indianapolis, includes a hotel that will pursue Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification. The boutique-style hotel, which will include 150 to 160 rooms, will be part of a 10-story building located just two blocks from the new Lucas Oil Stadium, the future home of the Indianapolis Colts. The developer for the project is Indianapolis-based Ralston Square Ltd. Liability LLC. The architectural firm designing the complex is Ratio Architects, also of Indianapolis. The steel and brick building will have a rooftop terrace planted in grass or gardens, energy-efficient...

Cali Bamboo Opens East Coast Distribution Center

SAN DIEGO, CALIF.—Cali Bamboo, the company committed to saving the planet one customer at a time, announced the opening of a distribution center in Philadelphia to service growing demand on the East Coast for bamboo products. The new distribution center, located hours from major markets in New York, Canada and the entire Eastern Seaboard, will enable Cali Bamboo to grow its business, reduce its carbon footprint, and expand the firm’s growth with contractors, builders and architects on both coasts. Previously, orders from the eastern half of the country or up to Canada were taking seven to 10 days for...

BPS Products Can Now Contribute to LEED Innovation In Design Credit

CITY OF INDUSTRY, CALIF.—Projects using Bentley Prince Street carpet will now find it a little easier to earn a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credit, thanks to recently revised U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) guidelines. Under the new USGBC guidelines, Bentley Prince Street products that are certified to the stringent “California Gold” standard can now contribute to a LEED Innovation in Design credit. The LEED Innovation in Design Credit provides design teams and projects the opportunity to be awarded points for exceptional performance above LEED requirements. All of Bentley Prince Street’s standard broadloom products are certified to...