Home Green Design

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.

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.

USGBC Announces Annual Top 10 States for LEED Green Building

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its annual list of Top 10 States for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the world’s most widely used green building rating system. Illinois topped the list, which ranks states based on the number of LEED certified square feet per person. The Top 10 states for LEED are home to 128 million Americans and together include more than 468 million gross square feet of LEED-certified space. Buildings that are LEED-certified create healthier spaces for people, as well as use less energy and water, reduce carbon emissions and save money for...

GSky Installs Living Green Pro Wall System for iPic Entertainment

DELRAY BEACH, FLA.—GSky Plant Systems, Inc., a leader in the design and production of interior and exterior green walls, announces installation of a custom Pro Wall living wall system at the new iPic Entertainment corporate headquarters and theater in Delray Beach, Fla. Pro Wall systems are ideal for corporate campuses, hotels, malls, retail storefronts, apartment and condominium buildings, and more. The advanced Pro Wall green wall system features one-foot-by-one-foot pre-grown planted panels of durable rockwool, offering a highly customizable palette for vertical exterior designs of small or expansive dimensions. Additionally, the system’s waste-reducing drip irrigation design minimizes water usage. As...

Cali Launches GeoWood Oak Flooring Line

SAN DIEGO—Cali Brands, a leader in flooring and decking, has added new European oak styles to its popular GeoWood flooring line. GeoWood combines real timber layered over waterproof GeoCore—Cali’s stabilizing SPC limestone composite foundation. This technological breakthrough yields rock solid hardwood flooring with exceptional AquaDefy water resistance and a rapid click-lock installation system. The seven new European oak floors are now available for purchase along with the four original bamboo styles at www.calibamboo.com/geowood-flooring. Remarking on the new floors, Cali President and CEO, Doug Jackson says, “This launch marks Cali’s first venture into oak hardwood. We’re going beyond bamboo but remain committed...

Green Lodging News Welcomes Moss Walls to Product & Service Directory

ODESSA, FLA.—Green Lodging News welcomes Moss Walls to its Green Product & Service Directory in the “Well/Green Wall Systems” category. Moss Walls is the first and only company to offer a self-contained LIVE Moss Wellness Wall System for beautifying and improving air quality for indoor spaces. The Verdure Wellness Wall is biomimicry, simulating the health benefits associated with pristine eco-systems where moss and mist abound, and bringing these natural air cleansing and visually soothing elements into indoor spaces. Verdure systems are solid stainless steel, and come pre-assembled with all lights, pumps, water purification, misters, moss and a water feature....

DuPont Tedlar Wallcoverings Earn GREENGUARD Gold Certification

WILMINGTON, DEL.—DuPont Electronics & Imaging announced that DuPont Tedlar Wallcoverings have earned GREENGUARD Gold certification from Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a third-party certifier of product and sustainability claims. GREENGUARD Gold Certification demonstrates that the new DuPont Tedlar Wallcoverings are certified for low chemical emissions from volatile organic compounds (VOCs), contributing to healthier indoor air in offices, medical facilities and schools. DuPont Tedlar Wallcoverings also received an Environmental Claim Validation from UL for mold resistance. “UL congratulates DuPont for achieving GREENGUARD Gold Certification for their wallcoverings, which demonstrates their commitment to creating products that do not contribute to poor indoor air quality,” said...

Recycling the Past Business Leads to Flophouze Hotel in Round Top, Texas

ROUND TOP, TEXAS—Shipping containers that used to travel the world have found a perfect home as creative lodgings—the Flophouze Hotel—on nearly eight acres in Round Top, Texas. It makes sense that they would given owner Matt White’s affection toward “recycling the past.” Recycling the Past is the name of White’s architectural salvage business that offers everything from wooden beams and flooring to aircraft parts. The shipping container “hotel” is a natural outgrowth of White’s long-time interest in preserving everything old. Each of the six shipping containers that is currently available for around $250 a night is unique in its design. Wherever...

WELLNESS/GREEN WALL SYSTEMS

Moss Walls Self-Contained LIVE Moss Wellness Wall Moss Walls is the first and only company to offer a self-contained LIVE Moss Wellness Wall System for beautifying and improving air quality for indoor spaces. The Verdure Wellness Wall is biomimicry, simulating the health benefits associated with pristine eco-systems where moss and mist abound, and bringing these natural air cleansing and visually soothing elements into indoor spaces. Verdure systems are solid stainless steel, and come pre-assembled with all lights, pumps, water purification, misters, moss and a water feature. Total set-up time is less than one hour. Maintenance is minimal. Sizes can be customized....

Las Vegas’ HD Expo to Feature Wellness Pavilion, Green Voice Conversations

LAS VEGAS—This year’s HD Expo, set for May 15 to 17 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, will feature a Wellness Pavilion. Curated by Hospitality Design magazine, in partnership with the Well Building Institute and NEWH, three sessions will delve into what wellness means for the hospitality industry, showcasing not only big brands integrating wellness and sustainability, but also the upstarts redefining the market. In addition to the Wellness Pavilion, NEWH will host a series of four 30-minute, one-on-one interviews with sustainability experts. Two have been announced. The first of these Green Voice sessions will take place...

Valley Forge Fabrics Appoints Ryan Haley Director of Hospitality Sales

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA.—Valley Forge Fabrics, the largest supplier of decorative performance fabrics and fabric products for the hospitality design sector, has appointed Ryan Haley as the new Director of Sales for their Hospitality division. Haley reports directly to Diana & Mikey Dobin, Co-CEO’s of Valley Forge. He joins Kimberly Roeser (VP Industry Relations), Katy Daly (VP Sales) and Jack Sullivan (Director Distributor Sales) on Valley Forge’s Hospitality sales leadership team. Ryan brings with him 17 years of experience from American Hotel Register Company as Director of Global Accounts overseeing a team of 17 people. He and his team were responsible...

SCP Colorado Springs Celebrates Grand Opening

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.—Soul Community Planet announced that after nearly one year and a comprehensive $9 million renovation, SCP Colorado Springs marks its grand opening. Awarded Colorado Springs’ most innovative new business concept by Visit COS, SCP Colorado Springs is comprised of 174 hotel rooms, the state-of-the-art SCP Fit fitness center, the SCP Commons creative co-working space and the Provisions market, featuring healthy, locally-sourced food and drink. Soul Community Planet also announced that it will continue offering its Fair Trade Pricing program at SCP Colorado Springs. The program gives guests the power to determine the prices they pay based on the...