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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.

Igloo Mountain Lodge to Expand Its Eco-friendly Resorts into Whatcom County, Washington

WHATCOM COUNTY, WASH.—With the success of its exclusive beachfront resort in Costa Rica, Igloo Mountain Lodge announced its upcoming expansion into the United States. Construction on 50 of its uniquely styled self-check-in air form domes and a geodesic greenhouse used for social space will commence in Washington State in early 2022. Having stayed open throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, Igloo Mountain Lodge has selected a site in Whatcom County Wash. as the location for its first U.S. branch, costing around $5 million to complete. Visitor spending was $705.7 million in Whatcom County in 2018, with lodging accounting for over 10 percent. The...

the green o Off-the-Grid Retreat Set to Open in Montana June 1

GREENOUGH, MONT.—Created by the founders of The Resort at Paws Up and set in the heart of Montana’s Blackfoot River Valley, the green o is slated to open on June 1, 2021, as a year-round, off-the-grid contemporary luxury retreat, primed for small-group buyouts. An array of customizable itineraries ideal for intimate weddings, milestone celebrations, incentive retreats, family office meetings, private board meeting getaways and more will be available. Designed for maximum privacy and seclusion, the green o will offer exclusive experiences in 12 design-forward accommodations—from the elevated Tree Haus to the Green Haus with a rooftop deck perfect for stargazing, the Round Haus with a sunken living room and the Light Haus with a glass-enclosed bedroom....

Leading Supplier Melink Brings Sustainable Innovation to Home Turf

CINCINNATI, OHIO—If you were to look at all of the companies servicing the hospitality industry, there are few that have reached the level of sustainability as Cincinnati-based Melink Corp. The list of its accomplishments is long and so too are its future goals—from the headquarters it operates from to the products and services it offers. The company has been around a while. “I started the company in 1987,” says Steve Melink, Chairman & CEO. “We started as an HVAC company doing commissioning for restaurant chains.” It was not long before Melink saw that many restaurant ventilation systems were running constantly,...

LG Hausys HI-MACS Solid Surface Brand Launches New Wood Collection

ATLANTA—LG Hausys’ HI-MACS solid surface brand is introducing its new Wood Collection and adding four new colors to its Aurora Collection. Reflecting nature-inspired patterns and hues, the new colors can meet a variety of commercial interior design needs where calm and serenity is needed. As its name implies, the Wood Collection is a tribute to the timeless beauty of natural wood. The collection is unique in its ability to display intricate, realistic wood grain patterns and knots. Ideal for commercial spaces, its warm undertones and gentle essence intuitively brings a sense of calm and restoration. As a non-porous surface, it...

ASID Tackles Changing Industry Landscape with 2021 Outlook, State of Interior Design Report

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Following a tumultuous 2020, all industries are seeking insight and assurances as 2021 gets into full swing. To keep interior design practitioners and professionals on the cusp of these relevant changes as related to global trends, economic indicators, and beyond, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has released its annual Outlook and State of Interior Design Report. Compiled by the Society’s dedicated research division, the compendium reviews the state of the interior design industry, business, and profession to offer a comprehensive outlook for the year ahead to guide practitioners. The report studies topics such as the U.S. economy...

Barry Sternlicht’s Treehouse Hotel to Open First U.S. Location in Brickell, Miami in 2025

MIAMI—SH Hotels & Resorts, an affiliate of global private investment firm Starwood Capital Group led by Chairman and CEO Barry Sternlicht, announced that it will open its award-winning Treehouse Hotel in Miami, the brand’s first U.S. location, in 2025. Treehouse Hotels debuted in London in 2019. Treehouse Hotels are about freedom and fun—the wondrous, childhood feeling of climbing into a treehouse and making up your own rules. Designed to appeal to the child in all of us, Treehouse Brickell will be imaginative and nostalgic—inspired by simple joys. Urban yet earthy. Responsible and caring. Dreamed as a space where travelers can converge...

Amerlux’s Plenum Downlights Make Being Shallow Look Good

OAKLAND, N.J.—Amerlux, an award-winning design-and-manufacture lighting company, announced that it has released a new set of architectural-grade, ultra-shallow downlights that solves a design and installation pain point: super-tight plenum space. Solace is an extremely shallow, spec-grade plenum downlight with as low as 2¼ inches recessed depth (downlight and wall wash) and a recessed adjustable with recessed depth of just 3 9/16 inches. High-performing and easily adjustable, Solace fits striking aesthetics and comfortable lighting to any space with limited plenum space. “Solace is the perfect recessed lighting remedy for any interior commercial, retail and hospitality application where the reduction of plenum space...

Outdoor-Inspired Element Bend Opens in Oregon

BEND, ORE.—Outdoor enthusiasts can now check into a new hotel in Downtown Bend that is perfectly designed for adventure. Element Bend, the first Element Hotel by Westin to open in Oregon, is now welcoming guests to its spacious, airy studios and one-bedroom suites. Inspired by the natural beauty around us, wellbeing and environmental sustainability are a key focus of the hotel. Guests can take advantage of the abundance of local outdoor recreational opportunities. Hike in the high desert, raft down the Deschutes River, or take a complimentary bike out to discover the beauty of Bend, Ore., then rejuvenate back...

New CEU From Tarkett Explores Equity, Diversity, Inclusion

SOLON, OHIO—With its newest CEU, “Making Our Circle Bigger,” Tarkett, a worldwide leader in innovative and sustainable flooring, aims to create dialogue among the architecture and design industry on the issue of equity, diversity and inclusion and how to incorporate these principles into the spaces they design, and the teams they lead. In addition to creating a deeper understanding of the terms “diversity,” “equity” and “inclusion,” the one-hour course explores statistics regarding minorities in the industry, outlines the business case for creating more inclusive teams; and provides personal and project profiles of A&D firms that have achieved success in these...

‘Retired’ Scientists Turn Leather Scraps Into Versatile enspire Leather

LANCASTER, PA.— According to Sustainable Composites LLC, 3.5 billion pounds of leather waste is burned or sent to landfills each year. “A pound of scrap is thrown away for every person in the world,” says Frank Fox, partner Sustainable Composites. Fox and his business partner Tom Tymon found that unacceptable and officially launched their company last year—after figuring out a way to turn leather scraps into a very affordable yet luxurious material called enspire leather. The “e” denotes the environmentally positive aspect of the product while recognizing the endless inspiration the product can deliver to designers, manufacturers, and consumers. Fox...